Advance your Career in Pharmacy

MSc Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice, Queen’s University Belfast


The Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice programme provides a flexible study pathway that is designed to develop the therapeutic knowledge and clinical practice skills of pharmacists to an advanced level.
This new programme can be studied entirely off-campus by distance-learning, or, alternatively, students may select our Independent Prescribing (pharmacists in Great Britain) or Introduction to UK clinical practice (international pharmacists) options that include residential components in Northern Ireland.

The rigorous programme of study, provides students with the knowledge and skills required to:

• Review and incorporate current evidence into practice
• Work effectively in a multidisciplinary clinical environment
• Make decisions in complex clinical situations
• Communicate effectively with patients who have common medical conditions
• Undertake clinical and practice-based research


Year 1

• Medicines Optimisation (10 Credits)
• Effective Communication & Consultation Skills (10 Credits)
• Therapeutics of Common Long-term Conditions (20 Credits)
• PLUS two modules from the 10 Credit options listed on our website

Year 2

• Research Methods (10 Credits)
• Data Analysis (10 Credits)
• Further Study of Common Long-term Conditions (20 Credits)
• PLUS two from the 10 Credit options listed on our website

Year 3

• Option 1: Practice-based research project (60 credits)
• Option 2: Practice-based research project (30 credits) plus Advanced Practice* (30 credits)
• Option 3: Practice-based research project (30 credits) plus Clinical Practice** (30 credits)


The Independent Prescribing option is open to pharmacists in Great Britain and is delivered in either the first or second year of the programme.

Teaching is delivered via a combination of e-learning and work-based learning and includes 12 days in-practice training with a Designated Medical Practitioner, the purpose of which is to enable the student to develop and practice clinical examination skills relevant to the condition(s) for which they intend to prescribe.

Students who select this option are required to attend a 5-day residential in Belfast, which will include workshops, clinical skills training and assessment.

For more information on the Independent Prescribing Option, visit our website.


Introduction to UK clinical practice is an optional module that is offered to International students in the Master’s year. The module has been developed in collaboration with Northern Irelands Regional Medicines Optimisation Innovation Centre (MOIC) and includes a compulsory 2-week residential at the Centre in Antrim.

The aim is to provide international students with an insight into clinical pharmacy practice in the UK, with a particular emphasis on medicines optimisation in practice. Students undertake preparatory study before visiting the MOIC.

Further details of the work and research being undertaken at MOIC can be found at www.themoic.com.


Queen’s University Belfast is a world class international university, supporting exceptional students and staff and conducting leading-edge education and research, focused on the needs of our society.

Over the last 170 years, Queen’s, a member of the Russell Group of 24 leading UK research-intensive universities, has produced Nobel Laureates, leading global academics, and national and international leaders. Today we continue to offer many life-changing opportunities for our students, who come from over 80 countries.

The School of Pharmacy has been ranked as the top pharmacy school in the UK by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide in both 2015 and 2016. Furthermore, the School achieved an outstanding result in the Research Excellence Framework 2014, the most recent national assessment of research quality, where the majority of research was rated as world-leading.


Assessment is through a variety of written coursework, case study and online assessment.
The programme is open to local, national and international applicants. Applicants must have a pharmacy degree (minimum Bachelors) from a university recognised by Queen’s University Belfast and be registered as a pharmacist with an appropriate regulatory organisation. Advice regarding the recognition of international pharmacy degrees can be obtained from our Admissions and Access Service.

Further application information and the latest course fees can be found on our website.


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