Taught course

Clinical Pharmacy for Secondary and Tertiary Care

Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Science

Entry requirements

Entry requirements (Home)

Most applicants are UK registered (GPhC) pharmacists working in a Secondary Care role in North West England, with an opportunity to contribute to the clinical care of patients. They have a term of employment sufficient to allow completion of the registered course (1 year for PgCert and 2 years for Diploma). This does not apply to those applying to 'top-up' a Clinical Pharmacy PgDip to the MSc. Applicants will have an honours degree in pharmacy or equivalent.

You will be interviewed and letters of support from employers will be obtained as appropriate. You may enrol for the 60 credit MSc award (module 7116CPPHAR) having obtained a PgDip in Clinical Pharmacy from LJMU or an equivalent qualification from another UK University.

If you wish to complete the optional prescribing qualification you must, prior to commencing the relevant modules, have at least two years of post-registration experience, nominate a Designated Medical Practitioner who meets the GPhC and University standards and have the opportunity to undertake sufficient prescribing practice to meet course requirements. Further information is available from the programme team.

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

RPL may be accepted for direct entry onto the Diploma and MSc, if you have completed a PgCert or PgDip in Clinical Pharmacy (or equivalent) at a UK university.

Months of entry


Course content

Train to become a Clinical Pharmacist on this Liverpool John Moores University Masters course, which is mapped to pharmacy practice frameworks and offers excellent teaching standards.

  • Aimed at pharmacists working in clinical roles in secondary or tertiary care centres
  • Apply your skills to your day-to-day work and enhance your practice from day one
  • Complete your Foundation training at an accredited Royal Pharmaceutical Society Foundation School
  • Benefit from clinical teaching designed and delivered by specialist practising pharmacists
  • Course uses workplace-based learning, self-directed learning and University-based study sessions to support your professional development
  • Optional Independent Prescribing pathway (accredited by the GPhC)
  • Over 25 years of experience in providing Clinical Pharmacy sources, with excellent student satisfaction rates

This student-centred, work-based learning programme gives you the option of completing a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc qualification.

The programme promotes a rigorous scientific approach to clinical pharmaceutical problems, enabling you to act as a clinical adviser. It will extend your knowledge of therapeutics, increasing your value as a specialist in drug-related matters and enhancing your powers of communication and logical argument.

If you successfully complete year one of the programme, you will be entitled to a Postgraduate Certificate, while completion of year two entitles you to the Diploma. The MSc can be completed over a further 12 months, either starting straight after completing the Diploma, or following a break of up to five years.

During your course you will be assigned a practice-based tutor (PBT) from your hospital trust and a clinical liaison tutor (CLT) from LJMU. You will undertake a number of learning activities in your workplace, supported by your practice-based tutor. This will be supplemented by a number of study days, which will usually be taught at LJMU's Byrom Street site in the heart of Liverpool city centre.

Where students meet the relevant criteria, they may choose to study an independent prescribing qualification in Year 2 (accredited by the GPhC).

The programme’s blended learning approach features a range of self-study activities, including recommended reading, short recorded lectures, and online questions, as well as more traditional seminars and workshops.

The course begins with an induction study day followed by a series of a Therapeutic Study Days on a range of clinical topics taught by specialist practising pharmacists.

Study days and study weekends are designed to ensure you get the most out of your time on campus. One of the study days (paediatrics) is hosted at Alder Hey Hospital – one of the country’s few dedicated children’s hospitals – to give you a rare opportunity to observe specialist paediatric practice.

Information for international students

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis. As this programme is only available to study part time, student visas cannot be supported for applicants.

Fees and funding

Please see the course page for more information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months


part time
36 months


part time
36 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090