Clinical Pharmacy (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)
n/a (Full-time) / 3 years (MSc); 2 years (PgDip); 1year (PgCert) (Part-time) / 3 years (MSc); 2 years (PgDip); 1year (PgCert) (Distance only) (Distance / E-Learning)
In 1986 the Cardiff School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (formerly the Welsh School of Pharmacy) collaborated with a number of senior hospital pharmacists to develop an innovative programme leading to a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy. In 1992 the programme was re-structured to permit students, who satisfactorily completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy, the opportunity to progress to an MSc in Clinical Pharmacy, with a further 1 year of study.
The success of the programme has led to a number of pharmacists wishing to undertake parts of the programme relevant to their own needs. In 2000, the Programme Management Committee developed a modular format which allowed this approach. Each module of the MSc programme has a credit rating; a certain number of credits are required for different awards i.e. successful completion of 60 credits will lead to a University Certificate, 120 credits leads to an award of a Diploma and 180 credits to an MSc in Clinical Pharmacy.
In November 2005 a major review of the entire MSc programme was initiated in light of significant developments within Pharmacy and the NHS as a whole. This review process has involved consultations with the programme’s major stakeholders and has resulted in the development of a newly revised MSc programme which started in September 2007. This new programme allows you up to 8 years to complete the MSc; thus allowing you to complete the Diploma stage in 2 or 3 years and then have a few years before you are required to complete the MSc dissertation.
The administration and management centre for the programme is based in the Postgraduate Office of the Cardiff School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The day to day operation of the programme is carried out at 4 accredited teaching centres under the guidance of an Associate Course Director appointed to each centre. The teaching centres currently accredited are Oxford, North Wales, South East Wales and South West Wales. These centres cover a total of 22 accredited hospital sites.
The continued success of the programme is based on its combination of formal workshop teaching sessions and recognition of the need to develop skills and knowledge in the practice environment. Moreover, the multi-centre approach to programme operation ensures an academically rigorous syllabus relevant to the knowledge and skills required by a hospital pharmacist.
To offer knowledge and expertise required by a clinical pharmacist to input optimally into patient care.
- Conducted mainly in candidate's base hospital
The administration and management centre for the course is based in the Postgraduate Office of the Cardiff School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The day to day operation of the course is carried out at 4 accredited teaching centres under the guidance of an Associate Course Director appointed to each centre.
The teaching centres currently accredited are Oxford, North-, South East- and South West- Wales covering a total of 22 hospital sites.
A number of hospitals in England and Wales have been accredited as clinical teaching sites for the MSc/Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy. These are listed below:
- John Radcliffe Hospital
- Wexham Park Hospital
- Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
- Wexham Maelor Hospital
- Ysbyty Glan Clwyd
- Ysbyty Gwynedd
South East Wales
- Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
- University Hospital Llandough
- University Hospital of Wales
- Cwm Taf Health Board
- Royal Glamorgan Hospital
- Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
- Nevill Hall Hospital
- Royal Gwent Hospital
- Other Hospitals
- Cheltenham General Hospital
- Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
- Royal United Hospital Bath
South West Wales
- Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board
- Morriston Hospital
- Neath Port Talbot Hospital
- Princess of Wales Hospital
- Singleton Hospital
- Hywel Dda Local Health Board
- Bronglais General Hospital
- Prince Philip Hospital
- West Wales General Hospital
- Withybush General Hospital
- Taf University Health Board
- Prince Charles Hospital
The methods we use to deliver our course include:
- Completion of a self needs analysis
- Attendance of weekend schools
- Attendance at study days
- Practice based work
- Time with accredited tutor
- Coursework: Portfolio & Assignments
- Self-directed study
A variety of modules are available:
- Foundation Module (covering General Medicine and Surgery)
- Therapeutics (attending study days with expert practitioners)
- Clinical Governance (Audit and Management of Change)
- Other ward Clerkships
- Critical Care
- Medicines Information
- Primary Care
- Clinics, Research.
Some of the modules are compulsory (100 out of 120 credits) and there are 20 optional credits (2 specialist modules).
Knowledge and Understanding
- Comprehensively understand and develop a critical awareness of their role as a pharmacist, and that of the pharmacy profession, in a changing healthcare system.
- Utilise the knowledge gained and demonstrate the skills required to contribute to the identification, evaluation, prevention or solution of medicine therapy problems in practice.
- Systematically integrate and apply pharmaceutical, biomedical and clinical knowledge in patient care.
- Produce and use pharmaceutical care plans for patients.
- Develop information and interpersonal skills to aid a pharmacist to contribute optimally to patient care.
- Identify and critically evaluate current research.
- Utilise critical appraisal skills, evidence based medicine and evidence based practice to make judgements in pharmacy practice.
- Develop, plan, execute and communicate the results of an original audit project.
- Systematically undertake and submit a substantial original research project in pharmacy practice.
- Further develop IT skills in preparing documents, delivering presentations, searching databases and resources and analysing data.
- Effectively communicate to different audiences by oral and written means.
- Work effectively as a member of a team and individually.
- Manage resources and time effectively.
- Recognise the importance of continuing professional development and the need to become a reflective practitioner, through engaging in the process of personal development planning.
Course Director - Dr Karen Hodson
Associate Course Directors:
- South East Wales centre - Ms Caroline Browne
- South West Wales centre – Mr Richard Boldero
- North Wales centre – Mrs Catrin Pari and Mrs Philippa Fahie-Wilson
- Oxford Centre – Dr David Scott
Applicants must be a registered pharmacists with the General Pharmaceutical Council of Great Britain or a country where there is a reciprocal agreement AND must be employed as a pharmacist in an accredited hospital.
In addition, applicants whose first language is not English must obtain an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in all other components, or an equivalent English language qualification.
Please see our English Language Requirements guidance for more details.
Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.
UK & EU Part Time (fees are for 2015/16, unless otherwise stated):
International Part Time (fees are for 2015/16, unless otherwise stated):
Next intake: September each year
Name: Dr Karen Hodson
Telephone: +44 (029) 2087 5806