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Postgraduate taught

MSc Clinical Pharmacy

UCAS code 1234
Duration Full time (1 year)
Part time (2 years)
Part time (3 years)
Entry year September 2020 or January 2021
Contact

Programme Director: Kate Emblin
Web: Enquire online 
Phone: +44 (0)1392 725500  

Entry requirements

2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. Registered pharmacists with the General Pharmaceutical Council and currently working within a clinical pharmacy setting.

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Campus St Luke's Campus
Discipline Healthcare and Medicine

Overview

Due to COVID-19, we are continually reviewing the delivery of our courses. Our priority is to ensure that safety of all our students and staff, and we are currently planning for flexibility and resilience in our approach so that whatever the year brings we will still be delivering the high level of teaching that we always have. You can stay updated on our website as the situation progresses.

  • Designed to support pharmacists to develop the knowledge, clinical skills and behaviours required to provide more patient-centred care as part of multidisciplinary healthcare teams
  • Blend of online learning supported by minimal face-to-face contact days with communication and clinical skills training within our Clinical Skills Resource Centre
  • Flexible study options, including Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or full MSc.
  • Acquiring this qualification will boost your professional status and enhance your ability to extend your clinical pharmacy role
  • The programme is part-supported by NHS England and Health Education England through the Pharmacy Integration Fund (see Fees section).

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The programme is supported by NHS England and Health Education England through the Pharmacy Integration Fund.

83% of research in Clinical Medicine classified as world-leading or internationally excellent

Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4* and 3*

Top 10 in the UK for world-leading and internationally excellent research in Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care

Research Excellence Framework 2014 based on the percentage of research categorised as 4* and 3* 

Major capital investment in new buildings and state-of-the-art facilities

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. Relevant clinical or professional experience may be taken into consideration as evidence of equivalency.

Home students will typically be registered pharmacists with the General Pharmaceutical Council, working within a clinical pharmacy setting. Please note that students applying for the Independent Prescribing module must be GPhC registered, as this approved qualification is only valid in the UK for UK registered pharmacists. There is no requirement for minimum time since qualified, however, we advise that you feel established in your current role.

International students will typically be experienced pharmacists who wish to undertake further study in the UK in order to gain a perspective on UK-pharmacy practice. Before applying, please note that there are significant differences in pharmacist roles and responsibilities; and drug licensing, dosage and usage; between countries and that not all international pharmacist qualifications are valid in the UK without further training. Our programme focuses on UK-based clinical pharmacy practice rather than pharmaceutical science. Applicants will need to have access to a pharmacy environment for practice-based learning, either through employment or work experience, and will need to attend face-to-face teaching on the St Luke’s campus of the University of Exeter.

Please download and complete the Clinical Pharmacy Application form. You will need to upload this with your online application form when you apply.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

• IELTS: Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.
• TOEFL: Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.
• Pearson: 58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on International students will typically be experienced pharmacists who wish to undertake further study in the UK in order to gain a perspective on UK-pharmacy practice. Before applying, please note that there are significant differences in pharmacist roles and responsibilities; and drug licensing, dosage and usage; between countries and that not all international pharmacist qualifications are valid in the UK without further training. Our programme focuses on UK-based clinical pharmacy practice rather than pharmaceutical science. Applicants will need to have access to a pharmacy environment for practice-based learning, either through employment or work experience, and will need to attend face-to-face teaching on the St Luke’s campus of the University of Exeter.

Please visit our  international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.
International students are normally subject to visa regulations which prevent part-time study. It is recommended that international students apply for the level of the final award you intend to complete i.e. PGCert, PGDip or Masters, due to the associated cost and requirements for a Tier 4 student Visa.

Undertaking the Independent Prescribing module as part of the Clinical Pharmacy programme?

If you choose the Independent Prescribing module as one of your optional modules, you will also need to complete the Independent Prescribing form and send to:  info.stlukes@exeter.ac.uk

Entry requirements for international students

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

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Course content

Our Masters in Clinical Pharmacy is designed to support pharmacists develop the knowledge, clinical skills and behaviours required to provide more patient-centred care as part of multidisciplinary healthcare teams.

Features include:

  • Patient case-based activities that reflect the challenges of current clinical practice
  • Communication and clinical skills training within our Clinical Skills Resource Centre
  • Optional modules to personalise your learning
  • Supportive, enthusiastic and clinically active tutors
  • Flexible study – study modules individually or combine to achieve an Independent Prescribing qualification, Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or full Masters degree.
  • Potential to complete a Postgraduate Diploma/MSc or Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing.
  • Increase your professional expertise and status and enhance your career prospects

Course structure

The programme is also divided into units of study called ‘modules’ which are assigned a number of ‘credits’. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with one credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.

To gain a Masters qualification (which equates to 180 credits at level 7), you will need to complete 120 credits of taught modules and a 60 credit dissertation.

It is also possible to exit with a PGCert after completing 60 credits of taught modules or a PGDip after completing 120 credits of taught modules. The list of modules below shows which are compulsory.

Contact Days

View the draft timetable of contact days for 2020/21 These could be subject to change.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

To qualify for the Masters (MSc) you must complete the two compulsory 15 credit modules (Applied Therapeutics and Skills for Patient-Centred Care), optional modules of 90 credits in total (6 x 15 credit modules), and complete an Independent Research Project (60 credits). 

Each 15-credit module has two workshop days that are delivered at St Luke’s Campus, Exeter.

To qualify for the PG Certificate you must complete the two compulsory 15 credit modules (Applied Therapeutics and Skills for Patient-Centred Care) and a further two optional modules of 15 credits. This is completed part time over 1 year.

To qualify for the PG Diploma you must complete the two compulsory 15 credit modules (Applied Therapeutics and Skills for Patient-Centred Care) and further optional modules of 90 credits in total (6 x 15 credit modules). This is completed part time over 2 years.

Fees

Fees are subject to an annual increment each academic year.

UK/EU fees per year:

MSc:  £7,500 full-time 1 year, £5,000 part-time 2 years, £2,500 part-time 3 years

PgDip:  £2,500 part-time 2 years

PgCert : £2,500 1 year

Pro Rata Module fees

UK/EU: £650 per 15-credit module

International fees per year:

MSc: £21,000 full-time 1 year, £10,500 part-time 2 years,  £7,000 part-time 3 years

PgDip:  £7,000 part-time 2 years

PgCert : £7,000 full-time 1 year

Pro Rata Module fees

£1,900 per 15-credit module

 

Finance

Fee information 

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages. 

 

UK government postgraduate loan scheme 

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,609 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply. 

Pro Vice Chancellor's NHS Postgraduate Scholarship 

The University of Exeter Medical School is delighted to offer the Pro Vice Chancellor's NHS Postgraduate Scholarship of £5000 to two NHS staff who accept a place to study on one of our Masters programmes enrolling in autumn 2020. 

Global Excellence Scholarship 

We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2020. 

Please note that this scholarship isn't offered for all our masters programmes. 

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Teaching and research

Learning and teaching

This blended course makes use of contemporary education methods such as case-based learning, small group work and development of communities of practice.

Assessments will be multi-modal (such as portfolios, short-answer tests and case-based reviews) and aligned to work-place learning.

Teaching methods on the Master's programme include:

  • Interactive e-learning activities
  • Masterclasses from highly experienced clinical teachers and researchers
  • Small group simulated learning tasks
  • Patient case-based discussions
  • Practical workshops for clinical skills development
  • Opportunities for practice and receiving feedback

Teaching is supported by extensive online University library resources, personal tutor systems, University pastoral support structures and a clinical pharmacy virtual learning platform.

Careers

Careers

You will already be a registered pharmacist in employment in a UK healthcare setting. This programme will boost your professional status and enhance your ability to extend your clinical pharmacy role.

Careers support

All University of Exeter students have access to Career Zone, which gives access to a wealth of business contacts, support and training as well as the opportunity to meet potential employers at our regular Careers Fairs.