Taught course

Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice

University of Strathclyde · Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Entry requirements

Advanced Clinical Pharmacy
  • a degree in pharmacy from a UK university or an equivalent qualification
  • applicants must be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)

With Independent Prescribing Certificate option

All pharmacists must meet the following requirements:
  • current registration with GPhC &/or PSNI as a practising pharmacist
  • be in good standing with the healthcare regulator with which they are registered
  • have at least two years appropriate patient orientated experience post registration, in a relevant UK setting
  • have an identified area of clinical or therapeutic practice in which to develop independent prescribing practice and have relevant clinical or therapeutic experience in that area, within the last six months
  • demonstrate how they reflect on their own performance and take responsibility for their own CPD
  • demonstrate how they will develop their own networks for support, reflection and learning, including prescribers from other professions
  • have a designated prescribing practitioner who has agreed to supervise their period of learning in practice

Months of entry


Course content

This unique course enables pharmacists (registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council) to develop as advanced clinical practitioners within a small peer group learning environment. The course is flexible with a choice of classes that look at specific practice and personal development needs.

The MSc Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice is designed to produce highly skilled practitioners. You'll learn to improve patient care by driving innovation in pharmacy practice through the Scottish Government’s Vision and Action Plan: Prescription for Excellence.

The Independent Prescribing (IP) qualification is included within the course as an optional 30 credit module. Practitioners who have already completed the IP qualification will receive 30 credits for prior learning and the requirements for each award will be reduced by 30 credits.

This course consists of a series of optional classes.

If you successfully complete 60 credits from any combination of classes, you’ll be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate. The award of a Postgraduate Diploma requires 120 credits and the MSc requires 180 credits. However, the MSc also includes a project and a class in research skills.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    up to 60 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Team
0141 548 3623