MSc/PgDip/PgCert Clinical Pharmacy

Duration Part time 3 years
  • Healthcare and Medicine
LocationExeter (St Luke‘s)
Start date September or January


Our Masters in Clinical Pharmacy is a part-time programme 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.

This programme is part of the Post-registration Training for Pharmacists that is supported by NHS England and Health Education England through the Pharmacy Integration Fund.

Features include:

  • Fully funded tuition fees by HEE for eligible applicants, including Community and Health and Justice pharmacists (see Applicant Information Pack in Entry Requirements) for January 2020 entry only
  • Online learning supported by minimal face-to-face contact days for each module
  • 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 a Postgraduate Certificate.
  • Potential to extend your studies with us to complete a Postgraduate Diploma/MSc or Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing.
  • Increase your professional expertise and status and enhance your career prospects

Programme structure

Our Clinical Pharmacy programme is a part-time programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 7.

Entry to the programme occurs in September or January.

Modules and delivery

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.

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). This is completed part time over 3 years.

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

Contact days

View the list of 2019 / 2020 contact days

Compulsory modules


Applied Therapeutics

HPDM063 Skills for Patient-centred care 15
  Independent Research Project (MSc only) 60

 Optional modules

HPDM062 Long term Conditions Care 1 15
HPDM066 Long-term Conditions Care 2 15
HPDM064 Acute Presentations in Practice 15
HPDM065 Care of the Older Adult 15
HPDM079 From Theory to Practice to Quality 15
HPDM067 Population and Public Health 15
HPDM068 Independent Prescribing*  45

*Students who decide to choose the Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing 45 credit module, will be required to undergo a separate admissions process, in addition to the application for the MSc Clinical Pharmacy course. This is to ensure that they meet the specific requirements of the Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing module. Please see entry requirements tab for further details.

Modules outside of the programme

Our postgraduate programmes are designed as standalone courses but the College also aims to provide flexibility where possible. We recognise that students may sometimes wish to take a module from elsewhere in the College, or the wider University, to fit in with their specific research or professional interests.

A taught Masters degree is made up of 180 credits, usually 120 credits of taught modules and 60 credits of dissertation. Normally at least 90 credits of taught modules (but an absolute minimum of 60 credits), plus the dissertation, will need be taken from within the named award in order to graduate with that award. That means that 30 credits could be made up from one or more modules from another programme(s) in place of your scheduled ones, depending on the module prerequisites, the contact days of the modules and your funding source.

Possible module options include:
Education Essentials (15 credits)
Leadership in Healthcare (15 credits)
Management in Healthcare (15 credits)

There may be an additional fee associated with certain postgraduate modules. It is also important to note that the timing of your new module’s contact days and assessments might conflict with your existing programme of studies. If after considering these factors you would like to explore this option further, please contact in the first instance, who will advise about the application process, which would then go for approval from the Programme Director of your current programme and the Module Lead and Programme Director of the programme(s) in which your new module(s) sits.


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.

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.

Clinical Pharmacist in General Practice

For pharmacists who are already on the Clinical Pharmacist in General Practice Scheme and wish to do CPPE Module 2 with us (as discussed with your education supervisor), please apply online and select Applied Therapeutics and Long-term condition Care 1 as your ‘modular’ options.

About CPD in the College of Medicine and Health

The College of Medicine and Health offers a range of Continuing Professional Development opportunities with the aim to improve health outcomes in the region and to facilitate real change in the quality of clinical care and health for individuals and the wider community.

Our continuing professional development courses are inspired by research and triggered by the complex needs and priorities of local, national and global health and care systems. You can learn and develop with us through a range of focused short courses, workshops, and education days that will meet your continuing professional development needs.

For a full list of our Continuing Professional Development opportunities, please visit our CPD pages.


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.

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.


This programme is delivered at our St Luke’s Campus, which is home to the University of Exeter College of Medicine and Health.

The St Luke's Campus is a short walk from the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and offers a range of research facilities and equipment. Students will be able to access resources used by our Institute of Health Research.

Entry requirements

Applicants must be registered pharmacists with the General Pharmaceutical Council and must be currently working within a clinical pharmacy setting. There is no requirement for minimum time since qualified, however, we advise that you feel established in your current role.

Normally a minimum 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. Relevant clinical or professional experience may be taken into consideration as evidence of equivalency.

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

HEE funded places for January 2020 entry only

To apply for an HEE funded place, you will need to be working in Community or Health and Justice pharmacy for at least 0.4 wte days a week (15 hours). You will also need the support of your employer. For more information on eligibility please see the Clinical Pharmacy Application Form (page 3).

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 

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.


Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding

Health Education England funding - January 2020 entry only

The courses are fully funded by NHS England and Health Education England through the Pharmacy Integration Fund and is available for January 2020 entry only. For more information on eligibility please see the Clinical Pharmacy Application Form (page 3)

Please note, if you receive HEE funding you will need to consent to the University of Exeter sharing some information about you with third parties, e.g. University of Bath, Health Education England, NHS England and anyone appointed by NHS England to undertake evaluation) for auditing purposes. In addition, you will need to agree to participate in the development of case studies to demonstrate the impact of your role as part of the transformation of pharmacy services (and consent for this information to be shared).

Tuition fees per year 2020/21

For 2020/21, fees will be charged pro rata per 15-credit module for UK/EU students. Fees are subject to an annual increment each academic year.


  • MSc £2,500 part-time 3 years
  • PgDip £2,500 part-time 2 years
  • PgCert £2,500 1 year


  • MSc £7,000 part-time 3 years
  • PgDip £7,000 part-time 2 years
  • PgCert £7,000 full-time 1 year, £3,500 part-time 2 years

Pro Rata Module fees

  • UK/EU: £650 per 15-credit module
  • International: £1,900 per 15-credit module

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

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