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Pharmacy Clinical Practice (Community and Primary Care) (MSc)

n/a (Full-time) / 3 years (MSc) (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)

Course Aims

To offer knowledge and expertise required for a specialist role in community pharmacy or primary care.

Special Features

Course Description

The course is very much focused on the pharmacist’s personal development and the application of theory to practice in order to become a confident and effective practitioner as a member of the wider healthcare team.

Importance is placed upon reflective practice, with coursework designed to encourage better understanding of individual learning styles and placing practice experience into the wider therapeutic role. Reflective skills learned on this course are designed to be applicable throughout your career.

As practicing pharmacists we understand the need for flexibility when trying to incorporate further study into busy and demanding lifestyles. We have therefore developed a flexible, modular course combining weekend schools (four per academic year), home learning and work based practical assignments.

Year one and Year two students attend the same study weekends, thus providing a useful support network. A buddy system is also in place as a peer support mechanism.

Whilst we encourage students to continue on into the third year in order to obtain your MSc, we have recognised that career goals can change over time and therefore provide the option of exiting the course earlier if necessary. For example, if you were to leave the course after the successful completion of two years (eight modules) you would be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma, whereas leaving the course after four successfully completed modules at the end of year one would entitle you to a Postgraduate Certificate. Individual modules can also be studied as a short course.

Initial Diploma Modules (some modules may change for 2014/15)

The Diploma is assessed through coursework, practical skills assessment and a class test at the end of years 1 and 2.

MSc Modules

After completing the Postgraduate Diploma, students have the option of progressing onto the MSc.  This one year programme provides training in research methods to enable you to design a viable study protocol.  With guidance from your Supervisor you will then undertake an independent research project based upon your chosen area of pharmacy practice, which will then be written up in the form of a dissertation.  We encourage our MSc students to feed back their findings to their employers, and disseminate to the wider industry through academic journal articles and/or presentations. 

Students are recruited from all over the UK, many of which are funded by employers.  Some bursaries are available - please contact the School for more details.

Course Structure

Attendance at 3 or 4 module weekend schools per academic year (October, November, January and March) with 1 or 2 assessment days in May at Cardiff University.

For a content overview, please visit the School's website.

Skills Acquired

By the end of the course you will be able to:

Career Prospects

Designed to develop future leaders within the pharmacy profession. Ideal for those wishing to take on education and training roles within their employer organisations.

Entry Requirements

Suitable for GPhC registered pharmacists. Candidates must be working in community or primary care in the UK for a minimum of 1 day per week.

Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to meet the minimum University requirements (e.g. 6.5 IELTS).

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.

Apply before the 26th July 2013. Early applications are encouraged. Late applications may be considered but not guaranteed.

Tuition Fees:

  • UK & EU Part Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below).
    MSc fee per annum. Diploma fee per annum £3429
  • International Part Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below).
    MSc fee per annum. Diploma fee per annum £8750

Next intake: September each year. Apply in September and by the 15th October each year.

School Contact

Name: Dr Delyth James  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 5828 



School Website:

More information

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences