Pharmacy Practice - with Independent Prescribing - 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.

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.

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.


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
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
Manager of the Distance Learning Centre
School of Pharmacy

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


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.

Advanced Pharmacy Practice (with Independent Prescribing) highlights
The School of Pharmacy is ranked as the No. 1 Pharmacy school in the UK by The Guardian University League Table 2018.

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.

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.

Application date

Postgraduate Taught
Closing dates do apply for some of our courses, and details of these are available on our Course Finder. 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.

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

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year: 2018

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