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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.

Overview

There are two intakes a year for this programme – January/February and September/October. The closing date for applications for our next intake is 4th January 2022, at 4pm.

The programme consists of clinical and practice modules with real life application. The course requires minimal attendance using blended learning to meet the individual needs of students.

DMU values the student experience and prides itself on the support it offers to postgraduate students. The course aims to further develop your approach to patient care and enhance your employability skills, creating confident pharmacists, equipped with the knowledge and skills required to deliver high quality patient care.

The programme continually evolves to meet the needs of a profession which is constantly changing and aims to instil a commitment to life-long learning by advancing your learning skills. 

Key features

  • The course aims to further develop your knowledge, skills and attributes, in line with the requirements of clinical pharmacy practice.
  • Blended learning approach with minimal on campus learning so you can study alongside your day job.
  • You will be supported on your postgraduate journey with a highly motivated and experienced team.     
  • Network with and study alongside pharmacists working in a wide variety of clinical environments.
  • Develop your critical thinking and research skills to deliver high quality patient care.

 

Students can achieve, depending on their module choice:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy (60 credits)

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy with Independent Prescribing (60 credits)

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy (120 credits)

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy with Independent Prescribing (120 credits)

  • Masters in Clinical Pharmacy (180 credits)

  • Masters in Clinical Pharmacy with Independent Prescribing (180 credits)

To anyone considering starting a clinical diploma I would really encourage you to go for it. No matter what your experience or professional background it really does add value and increases confidence. It has helped me find my passion for my profession again and has changed the way I see my future as a pharmacist.

Kathryn Ryan, (completion 2020)

Do not be frightened to go back to studying, it isn’t easy but it’s definitely worth it! I made the leap into postgraduate study 7 years after completing my undergraduate degree however the distance learning and the invaluable support provided by the tutors ensured I could incorporate studying into my daily life, whilst still being able to maintain a work-life balance.

Jaspal Shergill, 2nd year student

 

 

More courses like this:

Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists

  • UK
  • EU/International

Course code: B23087

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK or online/distance learning

Duration:
PG Certificate, one year part-time
PG Diploma, two years part-time
MSc, three years and four months part-time

Attendance and admissions:

There are two intakes per year, in January/February and September/October.

Some modules have a study day and these are delivered at DMU or virtually.

For those following a structured pathway, the certificate year includes one induction day and two study days. Attendance on the induction day is strongly recommended.

Places on the course are allocated based on the order of receipt of a fully completed application with accompanying supporting documentation.

Learn more about attendance days and admissions.

Fees and funding:

For 2021/22 part-time fees will be £555 per 15 credit module, £2000 for 45 credits module

For 2022/23 part-time fees will be £615 per 15 credit module, £2,150 for 45 credit module

Find out more about postgraduate course fees and available funding.

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

For any further queries contact the HLS admissions team at pgpharmacyrecruitment@dmu.ac.uk

PLEASE NOTE: This course can only accept international students who are residing in the UK on a Tier 2 visa, and who are employed in the UK by an NHS Trust or a healthcare organisation that provides NHS services.

Course code: B23087

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK or online/distance learning

Duration:
PG Certificate, one year part-time
PG Diploma, two years part-time
MSc, three years and four months part-time

Attendance and admissions: 

There are two intakes per year, in January/February and September/October.

Some modules have a study day and these are delivered at DMU or virtually.

For those following a structured pathway, the certificate year includes one induction day and two study days. Attendance on the induction day is strongly recommended.

Places on the course are allocated based on the order of receipt of a fully completed application with accompanying supporting documentation.

Learn more about attendance days and admissions.

Fees and funding:

For 2021/22 part-time fees will be £555 per 15 credit module, £2000 for 45 credits module

For 2022/23 part-time fees will be £615 per 15 credit module, £2,150 for 45 credit module

Find out more about postgraduate course fees and available funding.

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

For any further queries contact the HLS admissions team at pgpharmacyrecruitment@dmu.ac.uk

Entry criteria

  • Students must have a second class honours, lower division (2:2), 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 7 or equivalent when you start the course is essential with no component below 5.5. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

GPhC Registered Pharmacists:

The General Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (GPhC) provides guidance on the evidence of English language skills required for pharmacy professionals to practise, register and work in Great Britain. The guidance applies to registrants and anyone applying to register with the GPhC. The evidence of English language proficiency required by the GPhC is commensurate with the course requirements above. Therefore, GPhC registered applicants will not be required to provide proof of English language qualifications with their application form but will instead be required to confirm that they have provided the required evidence of English language proficiency to the GPhC.

Please be aware that any future requests to switch from a Tier 2/work visa route into an alternative student route or course may not be accommodated. 

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information.

Structure and assessment

 

Course structure

Teaching and assessment

Academic expertise

 

Please see below for a list of the modules we currently offer. We offer modular and structured pathways:

Modular Pathway – students study their choice of modules from the list below,

Structured Pathway – students study Fundamentals of Clinical Practice, Medicines Optimisation in Practice, Applied Therapeutics 1 and Applied Therapeutics 2 modules in the Certificate year and their choice of modules in the Diploma year. 

  • Fundamentals of Clinical Practice, 15 credits (three months) 
  • Medicines Optimisation in Practice, 15 credits (nine months, studied across the whole of the academic year) 
  • Applied Therapeutics 1, 15 credits (three months) 
  • Applied Therapeutics 2, 15 credits (three months) 
  • Applied Therapeutics 3, 15 credits (three months)
  • Clinical Pharmacists in Primary Care, 15 credits (three months)
  • Clinical Pharmacists in Secondary Care, 15 credits (three months)
  • Professional Decision Making and Ethics 15 credits (nine months, studied across the whole of the academic year)
  • Public Health, 15 credits (three months) 
  • Quality Improvement, 15 credits (three months)
  • Implementation of a Quality Improvement Service*, 15 credits (three months)
  • Deprescribing in Mental Health, 15 credits (three months)
  • Polypharmacy in Clinical Practice, 15 credits (three months)
  • Antimicrobial Resistance and Antimicrobial Stewardship, 15 credits (three months)
  • Fundamentals of Leadership and Change Management, 15 credits (three months)
  • Concepts in Research**, 15 credits (three months)
  • Independent Prescribing, 45 credits (four, six or twelve months)

Masters Year**

  • Research Project, 60 credits (12 months)

 

*Students who wish to study the Implementation of a Quality Improvement Service module need to have successfully completed the Quality Improvement module or evidence that they have prior knowledge and experience of quality improvement processes.

**Students who wish to study the Masters Year need to have successfully completed the Concepts in Research module.


See detailed module information


Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current

 

Teaching and assessment

Our distance learning approach with minimal on-campus learning is designed to allow you to study alongside your professional role.  Study materials are available online in the DMU virtual learning environment. We suggest you will need to spend about 10-15 hours per week studying the course material and undertaking assessment. You will be supported on your postgraduate journey by a highly motivated and experienced team.

Some modules have a study day and these are delivered at DMU or virtually.

For those following a structured pathway, the certificate year includes one induction day and two study days. Attendance on the induction day is strongly recommended.

Assessments are designed for real life application and include written reports, clinical interventions, reflections, projects, presentation of patient cases and care plans.

Independent prescribing is taught partly by face-to-face teaching at DMU over 7 study days and one assessment day. Assessments 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 facilities

Substantial investment has developed our teaching and learning facilities to help you expand your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.

Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff to ensure that you develop a precise and accurate practical ability in the clinical skills suites.

Library services

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

Learning zones

Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

Opportunities and careers

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Scholarships

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.

Name
Gunn and Carter Fellowship £3000 per annum. 

Description

To support research in the Leicester School of Pharmacy.

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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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