Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast

Pharmacy (Advanced Pharmacy Practice)

Develop hospital pharmacists to advanced practitioner (Band 8a) level. PG Certificate stage: Incorporates Northern Ireland Centre for Pharmacy Learning, and Development (NICPLD), Hospital Vocational Training Programme, aims to develop student's knowledge of therapeutics in several key areas, and incorporates the NICPLD Independent Prescribing Practice Certificate. MSc stage: Supports the development of advanced pharmacy practice in chosen field of expertise, training in research methods, undertake service evaluation/development project.

Entry requirements

A primary degree in Pharmacy from an institution approved by the University. Additionally all students must have: identified a designated medical practitioner prior to commencing the prescribing modules; completed the NICPLD vocational training (VT) programme or must be able to demonstrate equivalent experience. Please note: this programme is open only to students who are resident in Northern Ireland.

Course modules

For the PgDip, students take modules that include: Advanced therapeutics in respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and infectious disease; clinical management planning; disease management; prescribing and monitoring; professional aspects of prescribing. For the MSc, students continue with modules in: Advanced practice development; research methodology; service research and development.

Assessment methods

Assessment includes competency assessments, practice portfolios, coursework assignments, online tests, workbooks, Observed Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), a viva voce and a dissertation at the MSc stage.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDip Part-time - 18 months
MSc Part-time - 30 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Queen's University Belfast Belfast BT7 1NN Northern Ireland

Key information

PG Centre
Telephone number: 
02890 972585