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Clinical Pharmacy MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

The MSc in Clinical Pharmacy programme has been designed to meet the professional development requirements of pharmacists working in a wide variety of sectors and environments.


The programme aims to equip pharmacists with the knowledge and skills required to meet the needs of the developing professional role and prepares pharmacists  for work in a clinical, patient facing role. It helps pharmacists develop a portfolio of evidence demonstrating they have made a difference to patients and services.

Reasons to study Clinical Pharmacy at DMU:

  • Suitable for a range of professionals, such as pharmacists and locums in hospitals, primary care, community and prison settings
  • Flexible distance learning with minimal attendance allows practitioners to study alongside work commitments
  • Benefit from multiple exit routes and specialist modules, including Independent Prescribing (please note that the independent prescribing module has a seprate entry criteria and admissions process)
  • Tailor your study to your career interests with practice-based assessments
  • Learn from a pharmacy team with with experience in hospital, community, primary care, secure environment and prescribing areas of pharmacy practice
  • Gain a thorough understanding of current clinical pharmacy issues; developing your clinical evaluation skills
  • Developed in collaboration with clinical pharmacy specialists, with direct input and teaching from expert pharmacists and doctors.
  • 100 per cent of graduates are successful within six months of graduating earning an average salary of £35,444.44 (DLHE 2012/13)

"I was able to incorporate learning into my daily life... whilst it was distance learning the tutors were easily accessible and it was easy to get help.

Definitely increased my job prospects in terms of finding a more clinical role."

Rina Babla, DMU graduate

Students can achieve, depending on their duration of study and module choice:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy with Independent Prescribing
  • Masters in Clinical Pharmacy


At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are proud to currently offer two scholarships.

Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship
Up to 50 per cent of tuition fees offered to Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a Postgraduate taught course. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship page.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Up to £6,000 worth of support available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship page.

More courses like this:

Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

PG Certificate - one year part time
PG Diploma - two years part-time
MSc - three years and 4 months part-time

There are two intakes per year, in April and September. 

There is a fixed number of spaces, which will be filled in order of receipt of all required application information. 

Find out more about attendance and admissions.

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding:
Fees for the 2015/2016 academic year are:
30 credits £830
45 credits £1,245
60 credits £1,660

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or by submitting a direct application form.

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Not available to international students.

Entry criteria

  • Students must have a second class honours, lower division, degree in pharmacy, or above, or equivalent degree qualification
  • Registration as a pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), Pharmaceutical Council of Northern Ireland, or Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland
  • Practising in a patient facing role at least one day a week

The University may consider accreditation of prior learning if the student has done similar courses at a different university.

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

Please visit for more information.


Structure and assessment


Course structure

Teaching and assessment

Academic expertise


Course Structure

Certificate Year - All Core Modules

  • Practice Foundations, 15 credits (nine months, studied across the whole of the certificate year) 
  • Clinical Foundations, 15 credits (three months) 
  • Clinical Practice 1, 15 credits (three months) 
  • Clinical Practice 2, 15 credits (three months) 

Students leaving after year one will receive a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy

Diploma Year - Core Module (All students will study this module)

  • Clinical Practice 3, 15 credits (three months)

Diploma Year - Optional Route One

  • Public Health, 15 credits (three months) 
  • Service Evaluation, 15 credits (three months)
  • Practice Development, 15 credits (nine months, studied across the whole of the diploma year)

Students studying this route will receive a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy.

Diploma Year - Optional Route Two

  • Research Methods, 30 credits (three months) 
  • Public Health, 15 credits (three months) 

Students studying this route will receive a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy.

Diploma Year - Optional Route Three

  • Independent Prescribing, 45 credits (six months) - Clinical Pharmacy PG Dip

Please note that the independent prescribing module has a seprate entry criteria and admissions process.

Students studying this route will receive a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy with Independent Prescribing.

Masters Year

  • Research Project, 60 credits (14 months) - Clinical Pharmacy MSc

Students who wish to study the Masters Year need to study optional route two during their diploma year.

Teaching and assessment

Our distance learning approach is ideally designed for studying at home and in the workplace. Study materials are available online in the DMU virtual learning environment. We suggest you will need to spend about 10-15 hours per week week studying the course material and undertaking assessment.

There is some attendance required at the university for UK-based students:

  • An induction day, as you start the course, to introduce you to the programme team, the study facilities available to you, the course requirements and patterns of study. Two study days per year, where you will have small group tutorials about the assignments, do some further study in groups, and maybe sit a study day assessment, depending on the module

If you choose the independent prescribing option in the diploma stage this is taught partly by face-to-face teaching at DMU over 11 study days and one assessment day.

Assessments include written reports, clinical interventions, CPD cycles, projects, presentation of patient cases and care plans. If students study the Independent Prescribing module, assessments also include OSCEs, oral examination and a reflective journal.

Academic expertise

We have a dedicated team of staff who contribute to the course. The programme and module leaders are all registered pharmacists, and have experience in the hospital, community, primary care and secure environment areas of pharmacy practice.

MSc supervisors are drawn from the Leicester School of Pharmacy and local community and hospital pharmacists who can support you in your project. We also use a team of expert pharmacists and doctors who contribute to the development of the course material and assessments on the study days.

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences facilties

Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

Learn more about DMU’s first-class study facilities.

Library services

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers



As part of the university's commitment to enhancing the personal and career development of our graduates. We offer an Alumni scholarship programme. For more information visit Health and Life Sciences Alumni Scholarships >

Gunn and Carter Fellowship £3000 per annum. 


To support research in the Leicester School of Pharmacy.


Graduate careers

The specialist and learning skills you acquire are highly sought after in many different sectors of practice. Having an MSc is recognised by many employers as a stepping stone in career progression.


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