Pharmacy - Advanced Pharmacy Practice with Independent Prescribing

Our Advanced Pharmacy Practice programme is designed for hospital-based pharmacists in Northern Ireland who wish to practice at Advanced Practitioner level.

The PG Diploma stage aims to develop the student's knowledge of therapeutics in several key areas and includes training as an independent non-medical prescriber.

Advanced Pharmacy Practice (With Independent Prescribing) Highlights
In the non-medical prescribing modules, students undertake clinical skills training in the clinical skills teaching laboratories at Queen's.

Learning and Teaching
Learning opportunities associated with this course are outlined below:

Learning opportunities associated with this course are outlined below:

At Queen's, we aim to deliver a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity, innovation and best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable student to achieve their full academic potential.

On the PgDip in Advanced Pharmacy Practice we do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies that enhance their development as independent, lifelong learners.

Teaching is delivered via a combination of distance and work-based learning, and on-campus workshops

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Study part-time by distance and work-based learning

Hospital pharmacists who have completed the NI Foundation Programme (or equivalent) receive 60 credits, equivalent to the following modules:

PMY7046 Hospital dispensary services
PMY7047 Hospital technical services
PMY7048 Hospital clinical services
PMY7049 Clinical effectiveness

The remaining 60 credits are delivered in the following modules:

PMY7040 Advanced Therapeutics (includes respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and infectious disease)

Plus the non-medical prescribing modules:

PMY7070 Person-centred care and collaboration
PMY7071 Disease management
PMY7072 Clinical skills
PMY7073 Professionalism

Note: The Royal Pharmaceutical Society will be publishing a new Advanced Pharmacist curriculum during 2021/22. As a result, the content and format of the Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice programme may change for 2022/23.

Entry requirements

A primary degree in Pharmacy (minimum Bachelor Degree) from an institution approved by the University. Additionally all applicants must:

- have identified a designated medical practitioner prior to commencing the prescribing modules;

- have completed the NICPLD foundation/vocational training (VT) programme or be able to demonstrate equivalent experience;

- be employed as a hospital pharmacist.

Please note: this programme is open only to applicants who are resident in Northern Ireland or pharmacists in Ireland by prior agreement between QUB and the applicant's employer.

International Students
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level

Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

Application dates

How to Apply
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible and ideally no later than 31st July 2022 for courses which commence in late September. In the event that any programme receives a high number of applications, the University reserves the right to close the application portal. Notifications to this effect will appear on the Direct Application Portal against the programme application page.

Assessment Info

Includes competency assessments, practice portfolios, coursework assignments, online tests, workbooks, and Observed Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs).


24 months part-time.

Teaching Times
Teaching is delivered via a combination of distance and work-based learning, and on-campus workshops.

Enrolment dates

Entry year 2020

Post Course Info

Career Prospects
This Masters/PG Diploma programme in Advanced Pharmacy Practice enhances the opportunities for hospital-based pharmacists in Northern Ireland to progress their career to Advanced Practitioner level.

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma at UK Level 7

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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