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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.

Course Aims

To offer knowledge and expertise required by a clinical pharmacist to input optimally into patient care.

Special Features

Course Description

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:

Oxford Centre

North Wales

South East Wales

South West Wales

Course Structure

The methods we use to deliver our course include:

A variety of modules are available:

Some of the modules are compulsory (100 out of 120 credits) and there are 20 optional credits (2 specialist modules).

Skills Accquired

Knowledge and Understanding

Discipline/Intellectual Skills

Transferable Skills

Tutors

Course Director - Dr Karen Hodson

Associate Course Directors:

Entry Requirements

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.

Tuition Fees:

  • UK & EU Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £2,478.00
  • International Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
    £5,667.00

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Dr Karen Hodson  

Telephone: +44 (029) 2087 5806 

Fax:  

Email: pgtphrmyadmissions@cardiff.ac.uk  

School Website: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/phrmy/degreeprogrammes/postgraduate/supplementaryprescribing/index.html

More information

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Postgraduate