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  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements You must be a registered pharmacist, ideally with 1-2 years practice, and have a second class honours degree in Pharmacy or equivalent. IELTS score of 6.5 or TOEFL score of 580 or equivalent required if English is not your first language. International students should note that this course does not lead to registration to practice in the UK.
  • Academic Title
    Advancing Pharmacy Practice MSc, PgD, PgC
  • Course description
    If you are a pharmacist working in primary care, hospital, community pharmacy or the pharmaceutical industry and wish to develop your role as an Advanced Pharmacy Practitioner, then this postgraduate course will be of interest to you. The course provides an indepth understanding of safety and risk management concepts which underpin the effective use of medicines in practice. You will benefit from the opportunity to learn with other healthcare professionals. The programme offers the flexibility of a choice of specialist, core and optional modules to enable pharmacists to study modules building credits towards an MSc, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.

    UK pharmacists with an existing UK postgraduate diploma or certificate obtained within the last 5 years will be able to carry forward all or part of these qualifications towards the award of an MSc. This will be decided on a case by case basis but typically a pharmacist with a postgraduate diploma in pharmacy practice/clinical pharmacy may be able to take forward 90 credits. An award of MSc requires the accumulation of 180 credits (including a 60 credit research element).

    Full-time Pathway

    Compulsory modules: Evidence-based practice and work related learning plus two from regulation of medicines, (60 credits) patient safety, therapeutics and pharmacovigilence

    Compulsory research: Research methods and Health Disciplines Project

    (60 credits)

    Optional: See list of optional modules

    Part-time Pathway (UK) only

    Compulsory 60 credits research element and accumulation of credits via accredited modules. Accumulation of 180 credits will result in the award of an MSc.

    Work placement

    There is an incourse work placement for international students. Careers

    This programme offers excellent opportunities for continuing professional development for practicing pharmacists. It is an MSc programme, but UK pharmacists can also choose to study specific modules relevant to their professional development needs as short courses. Teaching methods

    Teaching methods are varied including lectures, seminars and workshops. Problem Based Learning (PBL) will underpin the delivery of the Therapeutics and Work Related Learning modules. The course is intense and will require students to be "self directed" learners.

    Course content

    Year 1 - full details

    Core modules

    -Evidence Based Practice
    -Healthcare Disciplines Project
    -Research Methods
    -Work Based Study:Professional Issues Related to Healthcare Practice

    Optional modules

    -Challenges in Child Development, Recognition, Diagnosis and Care
    -Clinical Governance and Medicines Management
    -Diagnostic Dilemmas in Child Health and Medical Practice
    -Inter-Professional Working in Health and Social Care
    -Leadership in Practice
    -Patient Safety
    -Pharmaceutical Law
    -Pharmacist Independent Prescribing
    -Pharmacist Independent Prescribing M
    -Preparation for Mentorship
    -Preparation for Mentorship
    -Regulations of Medicines
    -Risk Management (Pharmacy)
    -Safeguarding Children Through Advanced Health and Medical Practice
    -Strategic Development for Health Improvement
    -Therapeutic Interventions in Primary Care
    -Work-Based Learning

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