University Of Sunderland
Campus: City Campus , Sunderland
Clinical Pharmacy
3.0 Years (part-time) • 100% Funding Available
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The Clinical Pharmacy course has been developed by healthcare professionals and academics to reflect the most relevant areas to a pharmacist’s practice. This is the only part-time MSc Clinical Pharmacy course in the North-East of England. It runs on a distance learning basis and allows you to combine study with work and family commitments.

Each year of the course you must successfully attain 60 credits in order to progress into the next stage. Study a number of elective modules throughout all stages in order to tailor your development path, and receive support from a personal tutor and information on what modules are available at each stage.

Tuition fees for part-time postgraduate students are £344 per 10 credits. Each year of the course requires 60 credits to complete.


Clinical Decision Making and Stages of Care (20 credits)

  • Learn how to make decision in the best interest of the patient
  • Incorporate exciting academic knowledge and critical thinking skills to assess difficult situations and determine the relative benefit and risk to the patient’s individual situation

This module allows content alterations based on the current position of pharmacists and healthcare professionals during the time of delivery.

Patient Safety (20 credits)

  • Clinical governance and risk assessment/management in healthcare
  • Safer prescribing
  • High-risk medicines
  • National patient safety initiatives

The Acute Patient (20 credits)

  • A case-orientated approach to management of the most common conditions presenting in acute clinical settings

The Chronic Patient (20 credits)

  • Following the patient journey from initial diagnosis to longer-term management of the most common chronic diseases
  • Addresses the specific needs of patients in a variety of settings including nursing homes, in the community, in hospital and across care interfaces
  • Works in tandem with the Acute Patient Module to build knowledge across different care stages

Clinical Skills 1 (10 credits)

  • Clinical assessment and examination skills

Evidence-based Medicine (10 credits)

  • Principles of EBM

Clinical Investigation and Diagnostics (10 credits)

  • Advanced biochemistry and other investigations for specialist therapeutic areas, including simple ECG interpretation, basics of x-ray findings, spirometry, biomarkers, arterial blood gases

Healthcare Systems and Service Provisions (10 credits) (Not offered 2017/18)

  • Organisation of the NHS (structure, function, links to government and other organisations)
  • Interprofessional working and seamless transfer of care
  • Service commissioning for pharmacists
  • Budget management

Personalised Healthcare (10 credits) (Not offered 2017/18)

  • Pharmacogenomics, biotechnology and gene therapy

Population Healthcare (10 credits)

  • Public health and health informatics

Social Pharmacy and Primary Care (10 credits)

  • Medicines management in care homes
  • Multi-disciplinary teams in primary care

Clinical Skills 2 (10 credits) (Can only be taken once you have completed Clinical Skills 1)

Building upon the basic clinical examination and assessment skills in level one, but becoming increasingly specialised into specific therapeutic areas

Independent Prescribing and Clinical Audit

Independent Prescribing (45 credits)

This module is accredited by The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPHc) and allows you to gain an award of Postgraduate Certificate of Achievement: Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists. To be eligible, pharmacists must be registered in the UK and have at least two years’ experience in a patient-facing capacity and have the agreement of Designated Medical Practitioner to mentor them and assess their competence in a range of prescribing skills, as detailed by NICE Single Competency Framework for Prescribers.

Clinical Audit (15 credits)

Students will be expected to develop their knowledge and understanding of the audit cycle, standard-setting, metrics and comparisons to enable them to develop a major audit in their own practice.

Not available in year 2 of the programme. If you choose to do Independent Prescribing in Year 2 of this course, you should combine this with a clinically-orientated module, e.g. Chronic Patient.

Year 3:

Independent Prescribing and Clinical Audit

Independent Prescribing (45 credits)

MSc Research Module (15 credits)

Research Methods and Project

Research Methods (30 credits)

Research Project (30 credits)

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Postgraduate qualifications in clinical pharmacy will help you take on additional responsibility. 95.8% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2015/16 (based on UK postgraduate students).

We encourage you to plan your future contributions with your employer and how your career will progress.

On completing this course you will be equipped with the advanced skills and knowledge specifically needed for promotion in roles such as:

  • Specialist clinical pharmacist
  • Pharmacist with a special interest
  • Senior clinical pharmacist

A promotion to a higher band of pay can quickly ensure a good return on your investment in the course. Within the NHS, salaries for specialist clinical pharmacist are rated as Band 7 (up to around £40,000).

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Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

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