Taught course

Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice

Queen's University Belfast · School of Pharmacy

Entry requirements


This course is designed to meet the postgraduate education needs of pharmacists working in patient-facing roles, although applications are welcome from pharmacists working in any employment sector.

The University requires evidence that international applicants are competent in the use of English language.

Applicants must have a pharmacy degree (minimum Bachelor degree) from a university recognised by Queen’s University Belfast and be registered as a pharmacist with an appropriate regulatory organisation.

Students in Great Britain who wish to enrol on the Independent Prescribing option in Year 2 must:

  • be registered as a pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI).
  • be in good standing with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and/or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and any other healthcare regulator with which they are registered.
  • have at least two years' appropriate patient-orientated experience in a relevant UK practice setting post registration.
  • have an identified area of clinical or therapeutic practice in which to develop independent prescribing practice. They must also have relevant clinical or therapeutic experience in that area*.
  • -have a medically qualified designated prescribing practitioner (DPP) who has agreed to supervise their learning in practice*.

* Further guidance on the type of experience and DPP requirements will be provided when applying for this programme.

Months of entry


Course content

Do you want to advance your pharmacy career while continuing in employment?

This postgraduate distance learning programme allows you fit your studies around your work and family commitments.

Our Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice programme was developed following extensive consultation with pharmacists and their employers both within and beyond the United Kingdom. It provides a flexible study pathway that is designed to develop the therapeutic knowledge and clinical skills of pharmacists to an advanced level. The modules are designed to help pharmacists to acquire and demonstrate the advanced-level competencies defined in the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Core Advanced Pharmacist Curriculum.

The MSc is open to pharmacists in all employment sectors although students must be able to undertake a project in either the primary or secondary healthcare sector in their final year.

The MSc can be completed entirely off-campus by distance-learning and is therefore open to pharmacists both within and outside the United Kingdom.

Students in Great Britain may select the Independent Prescribing option in year 2, which includes a compulsory 5-day clinical skills residential at Queen's.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    36 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    36 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

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