Keele University

Keele University

Clinical Pharmacy

This course provides a wider view of health care, and equip students with sufficient knowledge, skills and confidence to be able to develop and extend their clinical and professional role as part of a multidisciplinary health care team. The programme is designed to allow choice and flexibility in progression to Certificate, Diploma and Master's awards, to meet specific professional development needs and advance professional practice.

Entry requirements

The applicant must be a pharmacist who is currently registered with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) and be practising either full-time or part-time within a UK hospital that can provide a clinical co-ordinator (approved by Medicines Management/School of Pharmacy) to support them in the workplace. Applicants should normally have worked in a UK hospital setting for at least 1 year prior to commencing the course. Normally, only applicants with the minimum of a 2nd Class degree classification in pharmacy will be accepted onto the programme without interview. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The University reserves the right to interview prospective students and take up academic references. The final decision in any case rests with the University. Candidates are also admitted on the basis of perceived and potential competence to complete the programme. Registration takes place in January each year. Although principally a distance-learning programme, the requirements for attendance at study days, and the fact that the course focuses on the UK health systems, makes this course unsuitable for pharmacists who are not resident and working in the UK.

Course modules

Cardiovascular disease 1; cardiovascular disease 2; central nervous system diseases; critical care and parenteral nutrition; education theory and practice for health professionals ; endocrine disease; evidence-based practice and clinical governance; gastrointestinal disease; hepatic disease; HIV and AIDS; infections; maternal and child health; joint disease; malignant disease; medicines management and pharmaceutical care; mental health; monitoring therapy; renal disease; respiratory disease; surgical.

Assessment methods

All of the modules contain practice-based assignments that assess knowledge, problem-solving skills, and data interpretation skills in relation to application of knowledge to practice, patient care and medicines management. Case presentations assess your ability to critically appraise the literature and relate published theory to everyday practice. An audit project, practice-based assignments, project protocol development and the independent study project report assess 'thinking' and practical skills, and your ability to plan, conduct and report on an investigation. A reflective portfolio also assesses your ability to relate theory to practice, and self evaluation of, and reflection on, your own performance and CPD needs.

Sponsorship information

Students will be self-funding or sponsored by their employers.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,520 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,520 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,520 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,520 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Keele Campus Keele ST5 5BG West Midlands

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