Taught course

Pharmacy (Professional MSc)

Keele University · Faculty of Health

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Entry requirements

The Masters programme is structured to be suitable for pharmacists from all areas of professional practice and is flexible to your own learning needs and the needs of your employer.

Entry to the Masters year requires satisfactory completion of a postgraduate Diploma award that is associated with one of the relevant Keele programmes, or an ‘equivalent’ postgraduate Diploma award from another university. Candidates who wish to gain direct entry after having completed a Diploma at another university will have to provide full details of the syllabus covered/assessment strategy for consideration with their application to Keele. Decisions on the equivalence of other diplomas to allow entry to the Keele Professional MSc are at the Programme Manager’s discretion.

Months of entry


Course content

The Professional MSc year is structured to ensure it meets the need to build greater research capacity for the profession and the NHS. The three modules that comprise the year provide the knowledge and skills for you to develop your own research project and carry this out in your workplace.

The programme is open to pharmacists working in all areas of practice.

The Masters programme is taken over one year and it is structured to be suitable for pharmacists from all areas of professional practice and is flexible to your own learning needs and the needs of your employer.

Our MSc is grounded in an individual’s professional practice. It enables you to advance your practice and develop research skills and it maximises the experiential learning opportunities that being in practice offers, and this means that the findings are directly applicable to your work.

The MSc gives you the opportunity to evaluate an area of your professional practice, of interest to you, for the benefit of both yourself and your workplace.

The learning materials are delivered on-line. Induction and student progress sessions occur ‘virtually’ so there is no requirement for you to attend Keele. You will undertake a 6 month service evaluation or research project and we strongly encourage you to publish the results of their work and will provide support to enable you to do this.

The course team have a proven track record of success in developing Masters level researcher-practitioner leaders in professional pharmacy practice and we can offer high quality supervision in a wide range of research methodologies.

Information for international students


If English is not your first language, you must either:

Hold a degree from a school where English was the language of instruction


Take the IELTS (average of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all categories)

Please note that IETLS exams must be no more than two years old at the start of the programme for which you have applied.

Fees and funding

UK students
£2,800 per year
International students
£2,800 per year

You may be able to obtain funding towards our Professional MSc programme. Two current funding streams that we are aware of are:

NPA Health Education Foundation Bursary for Community Pharmacists http://www.npa.co.uk/About-the-NPA/Who-we-are/Health-Education-Foundation/

Pharmacy Research UK awards http://www.pharmacyresearchuk.org/pharmacy-research-funding/personal-awards-2/

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    You will require the equivalent of 1-2 days (approximately 10-15 hours) each week to complete your programme. Remember that the online nature of our programme materials, and the fact the MSc focuses on your professional practice, means that you can integrate study and work. The Professional MSc is fully supported by a team of experienced, friendly, and approachable academic, administrative and technical staff based at Keele. Students may also be supervised by one of our experienced, practising tutors. You are not on your own! You will be assigned a supervisor at the beginning of the Research in Practice module who will support you in planning and undertaking your research. You will meet with your supervisor on a regular basis either on the telephone, virtually or face to face as agreed between you and your tutor.

Course contact details

Pharmacy Admissions team
+44 (0)1782 733833