Clinical Pharmacy Practice

PgCert | PgDip | MSc
PgCert | PgDip | MSc Clinical Pharmacy Practice

The online MSc Clinical Pharmacy Practice course at Robert Gordon University will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to have a positive impact on patients’ lives and make a difference in the field of clinical practice.

This course has been designed to deliver a broad education in clinical pharmacy for all qualified Pharmacists irrespective of their country of undergraduate study or practice, and provides an opportunity to focus your studies more specifically to your area of practice. It will provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to enhance your decision-making and patient care abilities.

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date


Course Length

28 months

PgCert (Stage 1)

8 months, January - August

The first two modules are common and are studied over 2 terms. Pharmaceutical Care Planning (30 credits) focuses on the development and implementation of evidence-based pharmaceutical care plans for patients and Therapeutics (30 credits) covers a wide-range of therapeutic topics.

PgDip (Stage 2)

16 months, September - May

In this stage you will choose two 30-credit modules from the three options:

  • Collaborative working in medicines management
  • Prescribing and service development
  • Person centred care

MSc (Stage 3)

 28 months, September - May

In this stage you will undertake Healthcare Research – and develop skills and expertise in relation to research and development of pharmacy services.



Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Detailed module information

Learning Methods

You will be taught part time via our virtual learning environment CampusMoodle, allowing you to develop clinical knowledge and skills while you remain in employment. Regular evening webinars are a feature providing opportunities for support, sharing of practice and input from subject experts.

The Course Leader is a central point for information and support with regard to the delivery of the course. It is also recommended that you have a work-placed mentor to provide local support and encouragement.

Activity Summary

  • Mainly independent study augmented by a mix of small and large group working. 600 hours per stage. Approx. 15-20 hours per week.

How long is a Clinical Pharmacy Practice course?

The duration of the Clinical Pharmacy Practice MSc is 2 years 4 months.

Independent Study

All your materials will be provided online and are designed to allow self-assessment of learning needs.


You will be provided with formative assessment opportunities including self-assessment questions and problem-based activities to ensure the achievement of each of the learning outcomes. You will complete and submit summative assessments in each module. The methods used for each module ensure authentic assessment and vary depending on the learning outcomes being assessed. 

Typically students are assessed each year:

Year 1

  • 3 written assignments, including essay

Year 2

  • 1 written assignment, including essay
  • 2 oral assessments
  • 1 report


We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

Staff Delivering on this Course

Staff delivering this course are practiced academics, with active links to national industry bodies including the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and General Pharmaceutical Council.

The Course Leader is your central point for information and support with regard to the delivery of the course. You will be supported by e-tutors who are all practicing clinical pharmacy practitioners. They review the learning materials, provide real-life case scenarios and participate in the marking of practice related assessments. They facilitate discussion and learning within the modules and bring a unique practice-related perspective to learning.


Academic Support

The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Online Learning & Support

All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on campus or by online learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.


Job Prospects

This course has been designed in collaboration with employers in both primary and secondary care to ensure that the course is kept up-to-date and in line with current practice and the demands of the workplace. 

Your employer will benefit from your completion of this course as it is designed to enable you to develop in the key competency areas for clinical practice. This will mean that you are able to make a valuable contribution to the provision of clinical pharmacy services through the application of aspects of your learning in areas such as direct patient care, personal, problem-solving, and management and organisation.

Is studying the MSc Advanced Pharmacy Practice a good career choice?

The multi-disciplinary nature of the course enhances its appeal to employers and as a result, career prospects are excellent.


What is needed to study MSc Clinical Pharmacy Practice?

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in pharmacy from a UK university or overseas equivalent, at a minimum of honours level and one years post-registration experience OR an integrated master's degree in pharmacy (MPharm) and professional registration OR in consultation with the course leader.

Applicants from Malta

English is taught as a first language in Malta and applicants from Malta are required to meet, and evidence, the following criteria:

  • must have obtained their Pharmacy Undergraduate degree at master's level from the University of Malta, which is a provider of an undergraduate Pharmacy degree at master's level which is delivered and assessed in English.
  • must have at least one year experience of working as a qualified Pharmacist.

Any Maltese applicant failing to meet these criteria will be subject to the standard University English language requirements.

Applicants from Austria 

Austrian students seeking an English language waiver are required to meet, and evidence, the following criteria:

(i) Must have completed their final year Undergraduate Pharmacy Research thesis in the English language.


(ii) Must have completed 6 months at a Higher Education Institution in the UK as part of the final year Undergraduate Pharmacy Research project.


(iii) Must have completed a PhD thesis in the English language. 

International Students

International students seeking an English language waiver are required to meet, and evidence, the following criteria:

(i) Must have obtained their Pharmacy Undergraduate degree at master's (MPharm) level from a UK University


(ii) Must have obtained their Pharmacy Undergraduate degree at BSc (Hons) level from an international University equivalent to a UK BSc (Hons) degree recognised by UK NARIC and must be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and have worked in the UK

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact for further information.


Tuition fees for this Clinical Pharmacy Practice course are as follows:

For Academic Year 2022/2023

UK Students

  • £2,850 for stage 1
  • £2,850 for stage 2
  • £1,890 for stage 3

EU Students

  • £2,850 for stage 1
  • £2,850 for stage 2
  • £1,890 for stage 3

International Students

  • £4,820 for stage 1
  • £4,820 for stage 2
  • £3,210 for stage 3

For Academic Year 2021/2022


  • £2,770 for stage 1
  • £2,770 for stage 2
  • £1,830 for stage 3


  • £2,770 for stage 1
  • £2,770 for stage 2
  • £1,830 for stage 3


  • £4,680 for stage 1
  • £4,680 for stage 2
  • £3,120 for stage 3

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

Student Funding

Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.

Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:


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