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Pharmacy Practice - Advanced

The MSc in Advanced Pharmacy Practice is designed for hospital-based pharmacists in Northern Ireland who wish to progress to Advanced Practitioner level (AfC Band 8a).

The course aims to support the development of advanced pharmacy practice in the student's chosen field of expertise. In addition, MSc students receive training in research methods and are required to undertake a service evaluation/development project.

Why Queen's?
Top ranking: The School of Pharmacy at Queen's is acknowledged as a leading centre for Pharmacy teaching and research in the UK, consistently featuring at or near the top of league tables for the subject.

International links: the School has strong international links as well as a great community spirit.

Entry requirements

A primary degree in Pharmacy from an institution approved by the University. Additionally all students must have:
•Identified a designated medical practitioner prior to commencing the prescribing modules;
•Completed the NICPLD foundation/vocational training (VT) programme or must be able to demonstrate equivalent experience

All applicants must be employed as a hospital pharmacist.

Please note: this programme is open only to students who are resident in Northern Ireland.


MSc: 3 years part-time. PgDip: 2 years part-time.

*This is a part-time programme. The MSc may be completed in 30 months and the PgDip in 15 months, following completion of the NICPLD foundation/vocational training (VT) programme or equivalent.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
The role of the pharmacist in the Health Service is expanding to improve patient care and access to medicines. Agenda for Change (AfC) and the associated NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) aim to support the career development of health service staff and the provision of effective patient care. 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.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

Dr Brian McCaw
Distance Learning Centre School of Pharmacy
Tel: 9097 2004

Subjects taught

PG Diploma / MSc year 1 modules include:
•Advanced Therapeutics in Diabetes, Respiratory, Cardiovascular, and Infectious Disease
•Clinical Management Planning
•Disease Management
•Prescribing and Monitoring
•Professional Aspects of Prescribing

MSc year 2 modules include:
•Advanced Practice Development
•Research Methodology
•Service Research and Development

Assessment method

Assessment & Feedback
Includes competency assessments, practice portfolios, coursework assignments, online tests, workbooks, Observed Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), a viva voce and a dissertation at the MSc stage.

Learning and Teaching
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 Msc 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.

Application date

Postgraduate Taught

In general, there are no closing dates for the majority of courses (those with closing dates will be highlighted in the Course Finder). However we advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

Postgraduate Research

There is no standard closing date. You should however check both the University’s website and refer to the relevant School/Institute webpage for information on deadline dates for postgraduate funding applications, as these will also determine when your application for admission should be submitted.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2017

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