Clinical Pharmacy

Clinical Pharmacy for Secondary and Tertiary Care MSc, PgDip, PgCert

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home/EU full-time annual tuition fee: £2,750 part-time per annum

Course type





Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences

Study mode

Part Time

About your course

Train to become a Clinical Pharmacist on this Liverpool John Moores University Masters course, which is mapped to pharmacy practice frameworks and offers excellent teaching standards.

  • Aimed at pharmacists working in clinical roles in secondary or tertiary care centres
  • Apply your skills to your day-to-day work and enhance your practice from day one
  • Complete your Foundation training at an accredited Royal Pharmaceutical Society Foundation School
  • Benefit from clinical teaching designed and delivered by specialist practising pharmacists 
  • Course uses workplace-based learning, self-directed learning and University-based study sessions to support your professional development
  • Optional Independent Prescribing pathway (accredited by the GPhC)
  • Over 25 years of experience in providing Clinical Pharmacy sources, with excellent student satisfaction rates

The diploma helped me to enhance my clinical knowledge and apply what I had learnt to my everyday practice.

​Suzanna Mulholland

Completing the clinical diploma has enabled me extend my clinical knowledge allowing me to apply evidence-based practice when working as a hospital pharmacist. In addition to this it has help me develop key skills such as communication and leadership which are vital to progression in a career in hospital pharmacy.

Craig McCallum

Introduction to the School

The multidisciplinary School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences is one of the oldest providers of Pharmacy education in the world and has been delivering practice-relevant courses since 1849.  We provide programmes and research opportunities in pharmacy, applied chemical and pharmaceutical sciences, biomedical sciences, forensic science and biochemistry.

The School offers a wide variety of postgraduate courses for full and part-time students including a PgCert/PgDip/MSc in Clinical Pharmacy for Primary and Interface Care, a Masters Certificate of Professional Development in Medicines use in Cancer (delivered by distance learning) and a Masters Certificate of Professional Development in Medicines use in Paediatrics and Neonates (delivered by distance learning). There are also opportunities to undertake a Masters or Doctorate in Philosophy (MPhil/PhD).

Our School is a partner in the Centre for Pharmacy Innovation (CfPI), which provides excellent links with community pharmacy and secondary care, through the other partners, Lloyds Pharmacies and The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS FT. These links have helped to support the development of this programme and provide assurance regarding the relevance of the course and its content.

We guarantee all of our students a supportive, flexible academic environment, well-structured programmes and 24/7 access to extensive resources.

The School has achieved Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s (RPS) Foundation School status and our Clinical pharmacy programmes are mapped to the RPS Foundation Years Framework.

Why study this course at LJMU?

A great place to study clinical pharmacy, LJMU was accredited as a Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Foundation School (as part of the first wave of such schools) in June 2015.

This part-time course has been running for over 25 years and caters for registered pharmacists employed in secondary care. It is tailored for graduates in the early stages of their career.

The MSc, PgDip and PgCert awards are mapped to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Foundation Pharmacy Framework. Combining theory-based learning and work-based practice, the programme will enable you to promote and assess clinical pharmacy services and make evidence-based recommendations to benefit your patients and your place of work.

This workplace education model allows pharmacists to build on the knowledge, skills, behaviours and experiences gained during undergraduate and pre-registration years and focusses on the first 1,000 days of a pharmacist’s practice.

As an accredited RPS Foundation School, LJMU works in partnership with employers to provide: quality workplace education and training infrastructures; training for practice-based tutors and assessments based on competency and performance.

The course enables pharmacists to appreciate the problems encountered by other healthcare professionals by promoting an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of healthcare.

You will develop a capacity for self-directed learning, an appreciation of the importance of continuing professional development and an understanding of your role as an educator. You will also improve your knowledge of research methods and the important part they can play in clinical practice.

The embedded prescribing programme was provisionally accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council in March 2017. Successful completion of the programme will result in the student being issued with a Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing, which entitles them to apply for annotation as an independent prescriber on the GPhC or PSNI register of Pharmacists.

Please note that that successful completion of an accredited course is not a guarantee of annotation or of future employment as a pharmacist independent prescriber. 

The GPhC’s accreditation report(s) and the timescales for future accreditations can be viewed here

Programme outline and structure

This student-centred, work-based learning programme gives you the option of completing a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc qualification.

The programme promotes a rigorous scientific approach to clinical pharmaceutical problems, enabling you to act as a clinical adviser. It will extend your knowledge of therapeutics, increasing your value as a specialist in drug-related matters and enhancing your powers of communication and logical argument.

If you successfully complete year one of the programme, you will be entitled to a Postgraduate Certificate, while completion of year two entitles you to the Diploma. The MSc can be completed over a further 12 months, either starting straight after completing the Diploma, or following a break of up to five years.

During your course you will be assigned a practice-based tutor (PBT) from your hospital trust and a clinical liaison tutor (CLT) from LJMU. You will undertake a number of learning activities in your workplace, supported by your practice-based tutor. This will be supplemented by a number of study days, which will usually be taught at LJMU's Byrom Street site in the heart of Liverpool city centre.

Where students meet the relevant criteria, they may choose to study an independent prescribing qualification in Year 2 (accredited by the GPhC).

The programme’s blended learning approach features a range of self-study activities, including recommended reading, short recorded lectures, and online questions, as well as more traditional seminars and workshops.

The course begins with an induction study day followed by a series of a Therapeutic Study Days on a range of clinical topics taught by specialist practising pharmacists.

Study days and study weekends are designed to ensure you get the most out of your time on campus. One of the study days (paediatrics) is hosted at Alder Hey Hospital – one of the country’s few dedicated children’s hospitals – to give you a rare opportunity to observe specialist paediatric practice.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.


  • Developing Clinical and Professional Practice
    Development of clinical skills for assessment of appropriateness and effectiveness of drug therapy.
  • Clinical Therapeutics for Core Condition
    Advancement of clinical knowledge of therapeutics for appropriate management of commonly encountered conditions/disease states.


Core Modules:

  • Improving Healthcare Practice
    Systems level management of clinical practice, including how healthcare services are organised and delivered.

Option – Non-prescribing Pathway

  • Foundations of Leadership and Development
    Leadership skills and supporting others with their learning and development.
  • Advanced and Specialist Therapeutics
    Development of integrated knowledge and understanding of medicines use for advanced and specialist practice

Option – Prescribing Pathway

  • Clinical Skills
    Clinical Skills for prescribing, including patient evaluation and monitoring.
  • Prescribing Effectively in Practice
    Prescribing practice, supported by a Designated Medical Practitioner to hone prescribing skills.


  • Research Project
    Substantial research project exploring a relevant aspect of clinical practice in primary or interface care.

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

How will I be assessed?

This course features a large amount of workplace practice and self-guided learning using the University’s online learning environment, Blackboard.

Each module involves a range of assessments and you accumulate credits as you complete each module. All assessments are moderated externally, with Merits and Distinctions being awarded for very good and exceptional overall performance respectively.   At the heart of the course is the requirement to produce and maintain a portfolio of clinical practice and personal development. This is modelled on the requirements set out in the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Foundation Pharmacy Framework.

Some modules have competency (pass/fail) requirements, which are assessed through Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) and a professional practice portfolio. The MSc Research Project requires the submission of a project report.

Staff research interests

The School carries out research in a number of areas, under the direction of internationally recognised researchers.

Specialist subjects include: 

  • Medicinal Chemistry and Natural Products Research focussing on the prevention and cure of human diseases
  • Delivery and Formulation focussing on nanopharmaceutics 
  • Biomedical Sciences focussing on oncology, toxicology, cell-signalling, immunity and infections 
  • Chemoinformatics focussing on the prediction of toxicity, ADME properties and pharmacological activity
  • Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics focussing on various aspects of clinical pharmacy
  • Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Forensic Analysis 

Research funding is gained from bodies including the British Council, Research Councils, Department of Health, European Commission, Swiss Government and, reflecting our particular interests in the applied aspects of subjects, directly from industry.

We are also part of an established international research network with associates at universities in Bangladesh, India, China, France, Libya, Spain, Slovakia, Iran and Thailand.

Entry requirements (Home)

Most applicants are UK registered (GPhC) pharmacists working in a Secondary Care role in North West England, with an opportunity to contribute to the clinical care of patients. They have a term of employment sufficient to allow completion of the registered course (1 year for PgCert and 2 years for Diploma). This does not apply to those applying to 'top-up' a Clinical Pharmacy PgDip to the MSc. Applicants will have an honours degree in pharmacy or equivalent.

You will be interviewed and letters of support from employers will be obtained as appropriate. You may enrol for the 60 credit MSc award (module 7116CPPHAR) having obtained a PgDip in Clinical Pharmacy from LJMU or an equivalent qualification from another UK University. 

If you wish to complete the optional prescribing qualification you must, prior to commencing the relevant modules, have at least two years of post-registration experience, nominate a Designated Medical Practitioner who meets the GPhC and University standards and have the opportunity to undertake sufficient prescribing practice to meet course requirements. Further information is available from the programme team. 

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

RPL may be accepted for direct entry onto the Diploma and MSc, if you have completed a PgCert or PgDip in Clinical Pharmacy (or equivalent) at a UK university.

How to apply

  • Download and complete the supplementary application form
  • Click on the ‘Apply Now’ at the top of this page and complete the online application form, taking note of the below:
    • Select the course that you would like to study from the drop-down menu – ensure that you choose the correct target award (MSc, PgDip or PgCert), the course (Secondary and Tertiary Care), entry point (April or October), and year. The programmes are all studied part time.
    • Ensure that you have provided details of your pharmacy qualification and any other university qualifications (note: A-Level and GCSE/equivalent qualifications do not need to be listed)
  • Upload the following documents to your online application:
    • Certificate(s) for any qualifications listed in your application
    • If applying to study the PgCert or PgDip levels of the programme, a completed Confirmation of Employer support form
    • If applying for direct entry to the PgDip or MSc year of the programme, details of your prior PgCert or PgDip and any associated certificates
    • A (passport size) photo of yourself for your student card
    • A copy of your IELTS certificate (if English is not your first language and you have not recently completed a university level qualification in English

NOTE: all documents must be attached to your application within 24 hours of submission – if you wish to attach documents after this date, you will need to email them to the Programme Administrator (contact details below)

Application deadline

Intake: Autumn 2018
Deadline: Monday 16 July 2018 (midnight). Please ensure that all supplementary information has been supplied by this date.

Intake: Spring 2019
Deadline: TBC

Study days

  • Thursday 13 September 2018 
  • Wednesday 17 October 2018
  • Wednesday 30 January 2019
  • Wednesday 22 May 2019 or Thursday 23 May 2019
  • Wednesday 10 July 2019
  • Plus clinical weekends - dates to be confirmed

For further information please contact the School office:

School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences
Liverpool John Moores University
Byrom Street Liverpool L3 3AF
Tel: 0151 231 2248
Fax: 0151 231 2170

Will I be interviewed?

Students will be interviewed and letters of support from employers will be obtained as appropriate.


Not applicable

Is RPL accepted on this programme?


Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Financial support

Tuition fees

All students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or in instalments. If you need advice about how to pay your tuition fees, please email LJMU’s Student Funding Team.

Funding sources

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From Postgraduate Masters Loans and Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDLs) to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Graduate employment

Pharmacists are in high demand all over the world and a career in Pharmacy is both focused and rewarding.

This programme will help to enhance your skills in the workplace and broaden your subject knowledge so improving your career development opportunities.

Under the Agenda for Change, many pharmacists require a postgraduate diploma to move from a Grade 6 to a Grade 7 post, with research skills also increasingly being recognised in requirements for Grade 8 posts.

International study

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis. As this programme is only available to study part time, student visas cannot be supported for applicants.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.

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