MSc Clinical Pharmacy

Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Study mode and duration: 12 months full-time
  • Number of places on course: 25

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  • teaching is largely classroom based and is delivered by GPhC registered pharmacists
  • benefit from advanced training to become a safer and more effective practitioner of pharmaceutical care

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Why this course?

On our MSc in Clinical Pharmacy you'll receive advanced training in the practice of pharmacy to enable you to deliver optimum pharmaceutical care and become a safer and more effective practitioner. You'll be taught predominately by pharmacists registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

What you’ll study

The course content includes:

  • communication in clinical settings
  • application of laboratory tests & their relevance in monitoring
  • principles & practice of therapeutics
  • pharmaceutical care & management of disease
  • oral communication & problem-solving
  • clinical, laboratory & organisational methods to monitor & assess drug therapy
  • delivery of clinical pharmacy services
  • application of research methods
  • a research project

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Course content

Semester 1

Students are enrolled in classes which introduce the key concepts and skills which are routinely applied in a clinical setting, including pharmaceutical care planning and consultation skills. Students will learn how to undertake critical analysis of empirical research which underpins the development of clinical guidelines.

Semester 2

Classes focus on specific clinical therapeutics with a focus on polypharmacy, as well as Leadership and Team Management, reflective practice and the principles of Health Economics.

Research Project

Students undertake an individual research project investigating a specific clinical topic. Project output will be written in the format of a clinical research paper.

Interpretation of laboratory/routine clinical information in the management of common clinical conditions e.g asthma, cardiology infection etc.

An introduction to clinical pharmacy and therapeutics in the context of single morbidities (cardiac, diabetes, asthma, infection) with a focus on the interpretation and application of routine clinical information. Students also learn how to orally present a clinical case to their peers.

Counselling & communication, therapeutic drug monitoring

This class builds on MP923 and focuses on the application of pharmacokinetic principles in commonly encountered clinical scenarios. Students complete a ‘medicines Information’ as part of the assessment for this class.

Evidence Based Medicine & Application of research methods

To understand the importance of clinical research in developing practice and to become familiar with the main types of research methodologies utilised in clinical practice. The class will be underpinned by the theories of Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) and its application.

Pharmacy service delivery, team leadership and professionalism

An introduction to Quality Improvement and service (re) design, with a focus on Reflective Practice and the skills in undertaking this for future career progression, followed by Leadership theory and application in a Health Service environment.

Psycho-social aspects to Pharmacy Practice

To introduce the role of Pharmacy in the disciplines of PharmPublic Health, Health Promotion and substance misuse and gain familiarity with aspects of Health Economics and Quality Assurance in clinical practice.   The therapeutic area of Cancer/Oncology is also covered.

Application of Pharmaceutical Care in complex patients

To introduce the concepts of Pharmaceutical care and care planning alongside medicines reconciliation within the context of complex patients with co-morbidities.

Learning & teaching

The course is delivered as workshops and tutorials in small group teaching. Bedside teaching on NHS premises is not available on this course.


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


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. 


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Entry requirements

Academic requirements/experience

Minimum second-class Honours degree or international equivalent in Pharmacy; plus a minimum of 12 months post-study clinical experience in a hospital environment. A copy of your CV should be provided as proof, detailing work experience and duties.

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.

As a university, we now accept many more English language tests in addition to IELTS for overseas applicants, for example, TOEFL and PTE Cambridge. View the full list of accepted English language tests here.

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

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Fees & funding

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

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Additional costs

Course materials

Lab coats and safety goggles approximately £30. All recommended textbooks are available in the library (and some freely available as online resources), however students may wish to purchase their own copies at approximately £60-180 for second hand to new prices.

Other costs

  • £10 returnable deposit for entry keycard
  • £10 returnable deposit for locker (depending on project location within SIPBS)
  • printing and binding costs of project dissertation (soft-bound so estimated £10)

Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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After graduating, you’ll be ideally qualified to progress within the pharmacy profession. This course provides the background training for graduates to develop and extend clinical pharmacy services in their own place of work.

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Applications for 2022 entry will open in October 2021.

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