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MScPharmacy Practice

Why this course?

This course has been developed by the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences in collaboration with the NHS in Scotland. 

Our principal partners are NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, NHS Lanarkshire, NHS Lothian and Community Pharmacy Scotland.

As a student on this course, half of your time will be spent in professional experiential learning.

The professional experiential learning aspect of this course gives you the opportunity to see how the theory you learn in the classroom is applied in a clinical setting. This will give you an excellent overview of pharmacy practice in the UK.

When you're on campus, you'll be based in the Strathclyde Institute for Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences where we have state of the art facilities.


Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences was ranked Number 1 on Research Power in Scotland and 4th in the UK (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Course content

Taught classes

Essential Clinical Therapeutics

The learning outcomes of this class are to:

  • understand contemporary clinical pharmacology and pharmacokinetics
  • demonstrate an ability to apply appropriate clinical pharmacological knowledge to individuals with comorbidities
  • demonstrate an ability to interpret and apply common monitoring parameters in the continuing treatment of the patient to evaluate therapeutic outcomes
  • use these therapeutic skills to design and document an appropriate care plan for the patient that can be shared with other members of the multidisciplinary team
Health Service: Quality Improvement

The learning outcomes of this class are to:

  • describe the principles of quality improvement including audit and service evaluation and what it means in healthcare
  • understand the methodologies and tools required to implement healthcare quality improvement
  • design and participate in a quality improvement through audit or service evaluation and to report the findings to the healthcare organisation
Pharmaceutical Services
The learning outcomes of this class are to:
  • undertake theoretical training on the provision of aseptic services
  • undertake clean room assembly of key types of aseptic products (for example TPN, chemotherapy, antibiotics)
  • undertake assembly of key types of nonsterile products (such as topicals, solutions) when commercially available products are not suitable for a patient
  • to critically appraise the use of aseptic and/or nonsterile products within a variety of clinical environments and patient populations (for example surgery, paediatrics; oncology)
  • demonstrate an ability to apply the skills related to:
  1. medicines information and quality assurance to individual patients
  2. ensure that therapy is clinically appropriate, safe and effective with respect to clinical guidelines, protocols and where these are not appropriate clinical judgement
Clinical Pharmacy Management

The learning outcomes of this class are to:

  • understand and demonstrate the theory and application of core management skills (including delegation, employee engagement, performance and motivation management, objective setting, prioritization and facilitation skills)
  • understand the need for effective management and leadership skills within a clinical setting
  • understand the need for an effective medicines management policy relating to implementation of clinical guidelines, role and remit of the area drug and therapeutics committee, unlicensed medicines policies, safety & risk management and medicines procurement


Advanced Clinical Therapeutics

The learning outcomes of this class are to:

  • describe the presentation and management of patients in the chosen field(s) in terms of disease presentation and evidence-based treatment
  • identify the key pharmaceutical care issues, monitoring and education requirements for the chosen patient group(s)
  • demonstrate the multidisciplinary approach to patient care
  • describe novel therapeutic advancements in medicines and service delivery for the clinical area

Experiential learning

This part of the course is mainly delivered in NHS hospitals with specialist material delivered in community pharmacies. It's assessed as a single class but underpins the teaching and learning in the other classes you'll take.

Essential Clinical Therapeutics

During this period you'll be orientated to the hospital in which you'll undertake your Professional Experiential Learning. The learning outcomes of this period are to:

  • undertake core induction in the NHS, including IT training and safety procedures
  • understand the layout and culture of service provision n the NHS
  • understand role of the hospital pharmacist in the multidisciplinary team
  • demonstrate how pharmaceutical care plans are devised and implemented in general medical and surgical wards
  • demonstrate consultation and communication skills with patient and other members of the multidisciplinary team
Health Service: Quality Improvements

You'll complete an audit or service improvement project (eg an anti-microbial audit, medicines reconciliation review, high-risk medicines review or clinical effectiveness review) to fit with service requirements. 

Pharmaceutical Services


  • demonstrate an understanding of the role and importance of the pharmaceutical services which support the role of the clinical pharmacist (in particular the support services related to surgery, oncology and paediatrics)
  • demonstrate an understanding and basic proficiency in medicines information, formulary management and clinical effectiveness
Advanced Clinical Therapeutics

This builds on all aspects of the course and will allow you to experience practice in two specialist areas of clinical pharmacy. 


  • document the care plans for patients with complex clinical issues in a speciality
  • document how these patients other conditions impact on the management of their acute issues 


Clinical Pharmacy Management


  • demonstrate an understanding of management of teams in a pharmacy setting
  • describe the team dynamics and how they impact on service delivery

Learning & teaching

The course is delivered in collaboration with our NHS partners. You'll spend half your time here on campus and the other half in the NHS.


You'll be assessed using a variety of methods including:

  • MCQ exams
  • reflective diaries
  • case presentations
  • a portfolio of cases

Entry requirements

MSc: applicants with a first or second-class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in Pharmacy.

English language requirements

English language minimum IELTS 6.5.

We offer a range of English Language course for students who wish to improve their English. Module 3 is free of charge to all applicants and we strongly recommend all international students to take advantage of this free course.

We also offer comprehensive English language pre-sessional and foundation courses for students whose IELTS scores are below 6.5.

For students with IELTS of 6.0, an offer can be made conditional on completing Modules 2 and 3 of Pre-sessional English.

For students with IELTS of 5.5, an offer can be made conditional on completing Modules 1, 2 and 3 of Pre-sessional English.

Please see English Language teaching pages for full details.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.


2017/18 - £47,500

Rest of UK

2017/18 - £47,500


2017/18 - £47,500

How can I fund my course?

A number of scholarships are available for outstanding UK, EU and international applicants. For details, please visit our scholarship search.

Scottish students

Students living in Scotland can find out more about funding from the Student Awards Agency Scotland.

English students

Students ordinarily resident in England may be eligible to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover their tuition fees and living costs.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.


Students in this course are likely to be early careers pharmacists who are interested in advancing their careers by gaining insight into pharmacy in Scotland. This highly specialised education and extended period of experiential learning will allow the graduates to become leaders of the profession in their home country.

Jobs related to this degree

With a degree in Pharmacy Practice (MSc), you can go on to become a pharmacist or a research scientist.

As a qualified Pharmacist, you can work in private and public hospitals, small independent pharmacies and pharmacies located within larger stores.

Jobs where your degree could be useful include:

  • Science writer
  • Higher education lecturer
  • Product/process development scientist

Work experience is key

Employers greatly value work experience and this course will give you valuable experience to build on the skills needed as a pharmacist. This work experience is key to this course.

You could also volunteer in a healthcare setting to enhance your experience working directly with people.

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Pharmacy Practice

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Jan 2018, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

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