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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.

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Applications can be made using the postgraduate application form, or using the online portal

The programme is a blend of clinical and practice modules with real life applications. The course requires minimal attendance and incorporates a blend of learning to meet the individual needs of students.

DMU values the student experience and prides itself in the support it offers to postgraduate students. The course aims to improve your approach to patient care and enhance your employability skills.


Reasons to study Clinical Pharmacy at DMU:

  • The course continually evolves to meet the needs of a profession which is constantly changing
  • The course aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to become competent clinical pharmacists
  • The course aims to instil a commitment to life-long learning by enhancing and developing your learning skills
  • You will be supported on your postgraduate journey with a highly motivated and experienced team     

"Thank you for rejuvenating my passion in Pharmacy and inspiring me and giving me the courage and confidence to explore new opportunities and new ways of thinking and working !!" 

Kunjal Pabari April 2018 intake

"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

More courses like this:

Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK

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 and September.

Attendance on the induction day is strongly recommended.

You are required to attend the university three times in year one, which includes the induction day and two study days.

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

See attendance dates.

Fees and funding:

For 2019/20 full-time tuition fees will be £6,650. Part-time fees will be £555 per 15 credits

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

Not available to international students.

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.

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Structure and assessment


Course structure

Teaching and assessment

Academic expertise


Course Structure

Certificate Year - All Core Modules

  • Medicines Optimisation in Practice, 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) 
  • Quality improvement, 15 credits (three months)
  • Professional Decision Making and Ethics, 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 separate 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.

Click here for more detailed module information 
Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current

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 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 7 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 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



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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If you’ve completed an undergraduate degree at DMU, then you can benefit from a tuition fee discount of up to 50 per cent on our postgraduate courses. The discount is available on selected full-time, part-time and distance learning postgraduate courses running across multiple start dates. 

The discount, based on academic achievement and merit, applies automatically to all DMU UK and EU students who are graduating this year or have graduated within the past two years and achieved a 2:1 (or equivalent) or above. Learn more here.


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