Pharmacy Practice - With Independent Prescribing - Advanced

The PgDip 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 PG Diploma stage aims to develop the student's knowledge of therapeutics in several key areas and includes a non-medical prescribing qualification.

Advanced Pharmacy Practice (with Independent Prescribing) highlights

In the non-medical prescribing modules, students undertake clinical skills training in the University's clinical skills teaching laboratories.

World Class Facilities
•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.

Student Experience
•The School has strong international links as well as a great community spirit.

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

Learning and Teaching
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.

Entry requirements

A primary degree in Pharmacy (minimum Bachelor Degree) 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 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.


2 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

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.

Further enquiries

Dr Brian McCaw 
Distance Learning Centre Manager
School of Pharmacy

Subjects taught

Modules include:
Advanced Therapeutics in Respiratory Disease, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes and Infectious Disease
Clinical Management Planning
Disease Management
Prescribing and Monitoring
Professional Aspects of Prescribing

Assessment method

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

Application date

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

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year 2020

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