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Thank you for your interest in the MSc in Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Strathclyde. This programme will not now be available in the academic years 2015/16 and 2016/17. We hope to restart the MSc in Clinical Pharmacy after this period with a new curriculum. We very much regret any inconvenience that this will cause and hope that you will understand the position we are in. If you require any further information, please contact Allison Reid.



This course enables pharmacists to apply knowledge of drug action in patient care, and to develop the skills required to promote effective use of medicines in hospitals and in primary care. Students will study the scientific and clinical factors that influence treatment with medicines and the delivery of pharmaceutical care. Advanced training in the practice of clinical pharmacy enables students to judge new treatments critically and to extend clinical services. A unique feature of the course is the experiential learning gained through clinical attachments within the NHS in Scotland.

The course is available by full-time or part-time study

Curriculum and Course structure

In Semester 1 all students take two classes that are designed to introduce key concepts and skills in a clinical setting, including pharmaceutical care planning, patient interview skills and bedside teaching, and to develeop critical analysis and reflection. In semester 2, students choose two electives that align with their clinical interests. Current topics include:

  • Palliative Care
  • Cardiology
  • Public Health
  • Mental Health
  • Rheumatology
  • Cancer Care
  • HAI and antimicrobial stewardship
  • Respiratory
  • Care of the older patient
  • Clinical Pharmacokinetics

Students who successfully complete all assessments and wish to continue to MSc will carry out a 3 month individual research project in a clinical setting and submit a thesis.

Teaching and Assessment

The course is taught by experts in clinical pharmacy within SIPBS, as well as staff working in the NHS and industry. Each element is assessed by a series of assignments based on students clinical evaluations.

Entry Requirements
Applicants must have:

  • First or Second Class Honours degree in Pharmacy
  • A minimum of 12 months post-study clinical experience in a hospital environment
  • English Proficiency - Minimum overall IELTS score = 6.5 with 5.5 in each band (or equivalence)
  • Two references

Please note that prior to starting the course a Letter of Conduct is required from the Police in a student's home country.

Application Process
To apply, please complete the online application form using the link below. The following documents (PDF files only) are requested:

  • Degree certificate
  • Transcript or academic record of marks
  • CV outlining employment and clinical experience to date
  • IELTS certificate or other Secure English Language Test
  • Evidence of funding or sponsorship letter

Tuition Fees

Details of tuition fees

In addition, a clinical practice fee will be required to be paid to the Department (full-time £2,000 and part-time £1,000/year).

International Scholarships

Available to overseas and EU students to start in September 2013. Deadline - 31 May 2013. Scholarship details from Recruitment and International Office


Students who are nationals of a non-EEA country will need a Visa before travel to the UK to study. Further information relating to study visas.

English Language Requirements

English lanuguage 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. This is an excellent way to not only improve your English but to get to know Glasgow and the University and make new friends. 

We also offer comprehensive English Language presessional 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 Presessional English (start date: 16th July 2013).

For students with IELTS of 5.5, an offer can be made conditional on completing Modules 1,2 and 3 of Presessional English (start date: 17th June 2013).

Please see ELTD ( for full details. 


Course Director: Professor Alex Mullen

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