Taught course

Clinical Pharmacy

The University of Manchester · School of Medical Sciences

Entry requirements

We require an honours degree in pharmacy (minimum Lower Second or equivalent).

Relevant Work Experience

You must be employed in a patient-facing capacity while taking the course. You need to be practising pharmacy in an environment where you are routinely able to apply your clinical skills through direct patient care.

Professional Entry Qualification

You must be registered as a pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council or the equivalent regulatory authority in your home country.

Other Entry Requirements

As this is an online course, you must have access to a computer with fast and reliable internet connection. You must also have the ability to:

  • navigate Blackboard learning management system to locate teaching and learning materials and to access and submit assessments (with initial basic training);
  • work efficiently with Word and PowerPoint;
  • use the internet to search websites;
  • navigate e-learning programmes;
  • download PDF learning materials;
  • use video and audio equipment to undertake some assessments.

Months of entry


Course content

Our professionally recognised MSc/PGDip Clinical Pharmacy course and offers a mix of clinical, applied practice, public health and research units, giving you the knowledge and skills to be an excellent clinical pharmacist.

You will also cover applied practice topics including health economics, public health, pharmacy practice research, training others and organisational influences on healthcare.

If you want to undertake research, you will be supported by one of our leading academic researchers to undertake a small-scale clinical research project to complete the MSc award.

Following four compulsory units in Year 1, you can choose from 12 units in Year 2 to tailor the course to your own interests.

There are two learning routes to suit pharmacists in all patient-facing roles and with differing work demands.

Distance learning

This is a completely online route and allows you to study from home at times convenient to you, which is ideal for international students, shift workers and those based outside the Manchester area.

Interactive online learning supplemented by webinars will enhance your skills in optimising drug therapy and clinical problem-solving. This route is open to pharmacists in any patient-facing role.

Blended learning

This route consists of seven study days per year and interactive online learning that will enhance your clinical knowledge, teaching you to optimise drug therapy and develop your problem-solving skills.

You need to be in a patient-facing role and will need both a suitable work environment and work-based tutor. Study days are mandatory.

This route is generally aimed at Band 6 and 7 pharmacists who are seeking to develop within the NHS.

Both routes are open to qualified pharmacists who would like to develop their clinical skills and enhance their practice.


The content of this course is accredited by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS). We are an RPS Foundation School and are recognised by the RPS for our commitment to pursuing and promoting quality and excellence within the profession.

By working towards foundation level practice, you may be awarded a certificate of professional recognition, which is highly sought after by employers.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English require a minimum of one of the following:

  • IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in writing;
  • Paper-based TOEFL of 575 or computer-based TOEFL of 230 with 6.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE);
  • Internet-based TOEFL of 90 with a minimum of 22 in each component.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36 months


distance learning
24 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 306 0604