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MSc/PgDipClinical Pharmacy

Why this course?

This course enables pharmacists to apply knowledge of medicines actions and formulations in patient care. You’ll also develop the skills required to promote effective use of medicines in all areas of pharmacy practice.

You’ll study the scientific and clinical factors that influence treatment with medicines and the delivery of pharmaceutical care. Advanced training in the practice of pharmacy will enable you to judge new treatments critically and to plan and develop clinical services.

You’ll study

The course content includes:

  • communicating in clinical settings
  • clinical information sources
  • common laboratory tests & their relevance to monitoring patients
  • principles & practice of therapeutics
  • pharmaceutical care & management of disease states, focusing on the contribution of the pharmacist
  • oral communication & problem-solving
  • pharmacological, pathological & physiological background for therapeutic strategies to manage disease states
  • clinical, laboratory & organisational methods to monitor & assess drug therapy
  • drug delivery & dosage selection
  • experience of pharmaceutical care within a chosen specialty
  • delivery of clinical pharmacy services
  • application of research methods to new developments
  • research project

If you successfully complete all assessments and want to continue to MSc, you’ll carry out a three-month individual research project.


The Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences (SIPBS) offers an excellent environment for research and teaching. It’s located in a new building with several laboratories. All labs are fitted with modern equipment.

Course content

Semester 1

Students study 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 develop critical analysis and reflection.

Semester 2

Students choose two electives that align with their clinical interests. Topics may include:

  • palliative care
  • cardiology
  • public health
  • mental health
  • rheumatology
  • cancer care
  • HAI & 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 three-month individual research project in a clinical setting and submit a thesis.

Learning & teaching

The course is delivered as workshops and tutorials in small group teaching.


Each element is assessed by a series of assignments based on students’ clinical evaluations.

Entry requirements

  • minimum second class honours degree or international equivalent in Pharmacy
  • minimum of 12 months post-study clinical experience in a hospital environment

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

English language requirements

You must have an English language minimum score of IELTS 6.5 (with no component below 5.5).

We offer comprehensive English language courses for students whose IELTS scores are below 6.0.

Please see ELTD ( 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.


  • £10,300

Rest of UK

  • £10,300


  • £21,500

How can I fund my course?

Scholarship search

Please note

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


Gaining clinical pharmacy skills offers a route into enhanced career progression within pharmacy.

How much will I earn?

In the NHS, salaries for specialist pharmacists range from £30,764 to £40,588 (Band 7). Promotion to this band is normally possible after two to three years at Band 6.*

Job titles include:

  • Clinical Pharmacist
  • Dispensary Manager
  • Pharmacist
  • Specialist Clinical Pharmacist
  • Specialist Pharmacist – rehabilitation & assessment

Employers include:

  • NHS
  • Ministry of Health

*information is intended only as a guide. Figures taken from Prospects

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Clinical Pharmacy

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

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