Taught course

Clinical Pharmacy for Secondary and Tertiary Care

Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Science

Entry requirements

  • to be a UK registered (GPhC) pharmacist working in a Secondary Care role in North West England, with an opportunity to contribute to the clinical care of patients
  • an honours degree in pharmacy or equivalent
  • 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
  • Recognition of prior learning may be accepted for direct entry onto the 2nd year of the PgDip if you have already completed a pharmacy-related PgCert at another UK university.
If you wish to complete the optional prescribing qualification you must:
  • have at least two years of post-registration experience
  • nominate a Designated Medical Practitioner who meets the GPhC and University standards
  • have the opportunity to undertake sufficient prescribing practice to meet course requirements
Additional information:
  • IELTS requirements 6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)
    • Students that have obtained an appropriate Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy from LJMU or another institution may be considered for direct entry to the 60-credit research project module to top up their award to a full MSc. Students applying for this route do not need to be employed in a role in England, but must be in a position that would allow them to complete a relevant research project. Individuals interested in this route should contact the course leader by emailing: PBS-Office@ljmu.ac.uk to discuss their circumstances prior to submitting an application.

Months of entry


Course content

Develop your clinical practice further by completing this programme that combines workplace-based learning with academic studies and is aligned with Health Education England’s Newly Qualified Pharmacist Pathway and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Post-registration Foundation Curriculum.

This programme caters for pharmacists employed in secondary or tertiary care settings and allows you to develop your practice as a clinical pharmacist. Whilst it is primarily tailored to pharmacists in the early stages of their career, it is not exclusive to these individuals. Highlights of this programme include:

  • Use of blended learning, which combines workplace-based learning, university-based workshops and self-directed online learning. This approach allows integration of theory and practice and a degree of flexibility since students can align studying the online learning materials with practice-based activities and current rotations
  • Interactive and stimulating workshops designed and delivered by experienced and specialist practising pharmacists
  • Use of workplace-based learning and regular formative feedback to build on the knowledge, skills, behaviours and experiences gained during your undergraduate and pre-registration years
  • The option of completing an Independent Prescribing Pathway (accredited by the GPhC) during the second year of the programme
  • Benefit from over 30 years’ experience in providing clinical pharmacy training
  • Provision of training to Workplace Education Supervisors

This programme will enhance your knowledge of therapeutics, powers of communication, critical thinking and problems solving skills. By promoting an understanding of the inter-disciplinary nature of healthcare, your appreciation of the problems encountered by other healthcare professionals will grow. The programme encourages a rigorous scientific approach to clinical pharmaceutical problems and the need to develop logical arguments, to enable you to optimise medicines for patients with complex problems and multiple co-morbidities. You will be able to promote and assess clinical pharmacy services and make evidence-based recommendations to benefit both your patients and place of work.

The School of Pharmacy and Biomoleclar Sciences has established the Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics Research Group.

Information for international students

Please note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
Further information is also available from our international web pages.

Fees and funding

Please see course page for information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090