Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Clinical Pharmacy for Secondary and Tertiary Care

Train to become a Clinical Pharmacist on this Liverpool John Moores University Masters course, which is mapped to pharmacy practice frameworks and offers excellent teaching standards. Train to become a Clinical Pharmacist at one the country's oldest pharmacy departments; Study part time over one to three years ; LJMU was accredited as a Royal Pharmaceutical Society Foundation School in 2015; Fit your study around work; Course blends workplace-based learning, self-directed learning and University-based study sessions; Curriculum is mapped to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Foundation Pharmacy Framework; Exceptional standards of teaching which command impressive student satisfaction rates. The programme promotes a rigorous scientific approach to clinical pharmaceutical problems, enabling you to act as a clinical adviser. It will extend your knowledge of therapeutics, increasing your value as a specialist in drug-related matters and enhancing your powers of communication and logical argument. If you successfully complete year one of the programme, you will be entitled to a Postgraduate Certificate, while completion of year two entitles you to the Diploma. The MSc can be completed over a further 12 months, either starting straight after completing the Diploma, or following a break of up to five years. During your course you will be assigned a practice-based tutor (PBT) from your hospital trust and a clinical liaison tutor (CLT) from LJMU. You will undertake a number of learning activities in your workplace, supported by your practice-based tutor. This will be supplemented by a number of study days, which will usually be taught at LJMU's Byrom Street site in the heart of Liverpool city centre. Where students meet the relevant criteria, they may choose to study an independent prescribing qualification in Year 2 (subject to accreditation by the GPhC). The programme's blended learning approach features a range of self-study activities, including recommended reading, short recorded lectures, and online questions, as well as more traditional seminars and workshops. The course begins with an induction study day followed by a series of a Therapeutic Study Days on a range of clinical topics taught by specialist practising pharmacists. Study days and study weekends are designed to ensure you get the most out of your time on campus. One of the study days (paediatrics) is hosted at Alder Hey Hospital - one of the country's few dedicated children's hospitals - to give you a rare opportunity to observe specialist paediatric practice.

Entry requirements

Most applicants are UK registered (GPhC) pharmacists working in a Secondary Care role in North West England, with an opportunity to contribute to the clinical care of patients. They have a term of employment sufficient to allow completion of the registered course (1 year for PgCert and 2 years for Diploma). This does not apply to those applying to 'top-up' a Clinical Pharmacy PgDip to the MSc. Applicants will have an honours degree in pharmacy or equivalent.

You will be interviewed and letters of support from employers will be obtained as appropriate. You may enrol for the 60 credit MSc award (module 7116CPPHAR) having obtained a PgDip in Clinical Pharmacy from LJMU or an equivalent qualification from another UK University.

If you wish to complete the optional prescribing qualification you must, prior to commencing the relevant modules, have at least two years of post-registration experience, nominate a Designated Medical Practitioner who meets the GPhC and University standards and have the opportunity to undertake sufficient prescribing practice to meet course requirements. Further information is available from the programme team.

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

RPL may be accepted for direct entry onto the Diploma and MSc, if you have completed a PgCert or PgDip in Clinical Pharmacy (or equivalent) at a UK university.

For further information please contact:

Nicola Urquhart (Postgraduate Programme Administrator)

School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences
Liverpool John Moores University
Byrom Street Liverpool L3 3AF
Tel: 0151 231 2248
Fax: 0151 231 2170

Dr Adam Mackridge MRPharmS (Course Leader)
Tel: 0151 231 2261
Fax: 0151 231 2170

Course modules

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study. PgCert •Developing Clinical and Professional Practice Development of clinical skills for assessment of appropriateness and effectiveness of drug therapy. • Clinical Therapeutics for Core Condition Advancement of clinical knowledge of therapeutics for appropriate management of commonly encountered conditions/disease states. PgDip Core Modules: • Improving Healthcare Practice Systems level management of clinical practice, including how healthcare services are organised and delivered. Option - Non-prescribing Pathway • Foundations of Leadership and Development Leadership skills and supporting others with their learning and development. • Advanced and Specialist Therapeutics Development of integrated knowledge and understanding of medicines use for advanced and specialist practice Option - Prescribing Pathway • Clinical Skills Clinical Skills for prescribing, including patient evaluation and monitoring. • Prescribing Effectively in Practice Prescribing practice, supported by a Designated Medical Practitioner to hone prescribing skills. MSc • Research Project Substantial research project exploring a relevant aspect of clinical practice in primary or interface care.

Assessment methods

This course features a large amount of workplace practice and self-guided learning using the University's online learning environment, Canvas. Each module involves a range of assessments and you accumulate credits as you complete each module. All assessments are moderated externally, with Merits and Distinctions being awarded for very good and exceptional overall performance respectively. At the heart of the course is the requirement to produce and maintain a portfolio of clinical practice and personal development. This is modelled on the requirements set out in the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Foundation Pharmacy Framework. Some modules have competency (pass/fail) requirements, which are assessed through Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) and a professional practice portfolio. The MSc Research Project requires the submission of a project report.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time April 2018 GBP 2,750 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 3 Years

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