Clinical Pharmacy Practice
PgCert | PgDip | MSc
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.
PgCert stage (stage 1) - 30 weeks, Jan-aug
The first two modules in Pharmaceutical Care Planning and Therapeutics are common and are studied over 2 semesters.
PGDIP STAGE 2 (STAGE 2) - 60 WEEKS, SEP-JUN
In this stage students choose two 30-credit modules from the four options including; Medicines Management: Collaborative Working - where you will critically explore successful approaches to practice that ensure safe, effective and efficient use of medicines through collaborative working; Developing and Implementing Models of Care – where you will critically investigate the structures, processes and outcomes of a variety of pharmacy services in specialist areas including hospital, community and primary care; Person Centred Care – where you will develop an understanding of person-centred care with a focus on pharmaceutical care and service provision; and Prescribing: theory and practice – where you will understand the basic skills needed to establish a pharmacist prescribing service in practice.
MSC STAGE (STAGE 3) - 90 WEEKS, JUL-APR
In this stage you will undertake Health Services Research – and develop skills and expertise in relation to research and development of pharmacy services.
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.
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.
- Independent Study - 60-140 students per group, 600h per stage. Approx. 10-15 hours per week
All your materials will be provided online and are designed to allow self-assessment of learning needs.
You will be assessed by continuous assessment based on your acquisition and application of knowledge in practice-related problem-based scenarios and activities including: responding to case studies, developing care plans and essay responses to specific topics and contribution to online discussion forums, formative peer-assessed essays, short answer problem/case study questions and multiple-choice questions.
Typically students are assessed each year:
- 2 written assignments, including essays
- 1 dissertation
- 3 portfolios
- 1 oral assessment
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 and international industry bodies including the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, General Pharmaceutical Council, Canadian Pharmaceutical Association, Royal Pharmaceutical Society Faculty, and the Chamber of Pharmacist of Austria and Germany.
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.
The Disability & Dyslexia 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 distance 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
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.
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. The multi-disciplinary nature of the course enhances its appeal to employers and as a result, career prospects are excellent.
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.
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 masters 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 Masters level from the University of Malta, which is a provider of an undergraduate Pharmacy degree at masters 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 seeking an English language waiver are required to meet, and evidence, the following criteria:
(i) Must have obtained their Pharmacy Undergraduate degree at Masters (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
We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:
Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.
Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Accreditation of prior learning
This course recognises prior certified learning learning (APCL). This may afford the applicant advanced entry or exemption of certain modules. Applicants may be eligible for APCL if they have:
- Already completed part of a postgraduate degree in a professional pharmacy discipline
- Completed the Scottish Hospital Vocational Training Scheme (VTS) Stage 2
- Have sufficient work based practice and professional development courses
APL is permissible for up to 50% of the total degree credits and must be approved by the Course/Programme Managment Team as part of the student application process. A separate APCL form and evidence of/or part of a successfully completed postgraduate degree in a professional pharmacy
For Academic Year 2018/2019
- £2,440 for stage 1
- £2,440 for stage 2
- £1,620 for stage 3
- £4,130 for stage 1
- £4,130 for stage 2
- £2,760 for stage 3
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020
- £2,510 for stage 1
- £2,510 for stage 2
- £1,680 for stage 3
- £4,260 for stage 1
- £4,260 for stage 2
- £2,830 for stage 3
The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:
- The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
- Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
- Accommodation and Living costs
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.
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:
The course has been developed to be compatible with competency clusters outlined in the RPS Foundation Advanced Pharmacy Framework; is mapped to core dimensions within the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework; and subject to University quality assurance procedures.
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