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Clinical Pharmacy (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)

n/a (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / 3 years (MSc); 2 years (PgDip); 1 year (PgCert) (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

  • John Radcliffe Hospital
  • Wexham Park Hospital

North Wales

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
  • Wrexham 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

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


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 2016/17

Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.

  UK & EU International
Full-time n/a n/a
Part-time £2,583 £6,083
Deposit n/a Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Dr Karen Hodson  

Telephone: +44 (029) 2087 5806 



School Website:

More information

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Important legal information

The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published by July 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.


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