Clinical Pharmacy for Primary and Interface Care

Clinical Pharmacy for Primary and Interface Care

Course fees (2017/18 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home full time annual tuition fee: £2,400 part time (April 2017 intake)
Home cost per credit: n/a
International full time annual tuition fee: To be confirmed

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Course type





Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences

Study mode

Part Time

About your course

This programme has been developed to ensure that pharmacists working in primacy care and at the interface with secondary care are highly skilled in clinical pharmacy, enabling them to fully embrace the advancing role of the pharmacist in these interprofessional settings.

  • Aimed at pharmacists working in community pharmacies, general medical practices or hospital outpatient pharmacies operated by community providers
  • Apply your skills to your day-to-day work and enhance your practice from day one
  • Benefit from clinical teaching delivered by specialist practising pharmacists
  • Optional Independent Prescribing pathway (subject to accreditation by the GPhC)
  • Demonstrate best practice on a course aligned to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Foundation Pharmacy Framework

​The clinical pharmacy skills provided by the programme will allow you to take an active role in multidisciplinary teams and provide the best quality care to your patients.

​Adam Mackridge, Programme Leader

The course will help to equip you for the future of clinical pharmacy in a wide range of sectors.

Adam Mackridge, Programme Leader

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 have an established reputation for supporting students returning to education and for delivering courses that can be studied alongside full-time employment.

The School offers a wide variety of postgraduate courses for full and part-time students including a PgCert/PgDip/MSc in Clinical Pharmacy for Secondary and Tertiary 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?

​The PgCert/PgDip/MSc in Clinical Pharmacy in Primary and Interface Care has been developed in response to the evolving role of pharmacists working in primary care and at the interface with secondary care. It is also closely aligned with the Government's published plans for the role of the pharmacist in NHS England.

​The programme aims to support students in developing their practice in line with the RPS Foundation Pharmacy Framework. It will serve as the base for successful and effective careers in Clinical Pharmacy, with those having completed the programme being equipped to effectively optimise patient care, make evidence-based recommendations around therapies and develop practice to directly benefit the patients and organisations they serve.

Programme outline and structure

The University operates all of its programmes on a modular basis. Two intakes will be offered each year, in April and October and students can enrol with the PgCert/PgDip/MSc as their target award.

​The MSc will allow students to excel in their professional practice. It is an important early step en route to becoming a leader in the field. The course runs over three years (part-time), but for students who wish to stage their development, it is also offered as a one year Postgraduate Certificate or two year Postgraduate Diploma, both of which can be subsequently topped up by returning to the course.

You will be assigned a clinical liaison tutor (CLT) at enrolment . Your CLT will keep in regular contact with you and support you through your studies to help you to demonstrate your competence through a professional practice portfolio. ​

The MSc level Research Project is undertaken in your workplace under the supervision of a University supervisor, with support from a local mentor, where available.

The programme is delivered with the support of our Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard), which will provide a range of learning activities to develop your knowledge in clinical pharmacy and related topics. This student-led learning is supported by face-to face study days (nine in year 1 and between five and nine in year 2), two to three virtual workshops in years 1 and 2 and supplemented by tutorials with your CLT.​

If you are enrolling on the PgDip or MSc you can complete an Independent Prescribing qualification as part of the programme or take a non-prescribing pathway. The PgDip (Prescribing) or MSc (Prescribing) awards will allow students to apply for Independent Prescribing annotation from the General Pharmaceutical Council (subject to course accreditation by the GPhC).

What you will study on this degree

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


  • Therapeutics for Clinical Practice
    Application of clinical practice to the management of individual diseases and conditions.
  • Optimising Patient Care
    Application of clinical practice to the management of patients, taking account of all of their therapeutic and social needs.


Core Modules:

  • Improving Healthcare Practice
    Systems-level management of clinical practice, including how healthcare services are organised and delivered.
  • Therapeutics in Specialist Clinical Practice
    Specialist clinical practice in a chosen discipline (selected from a list of available options).

Option – Non-prescribing Pathway

  • Foundations of Leadership and Development
    Leadership skills and supporting others with their learning and development.
  • Public Health in Pharmacy
    Preventing disease and promoting health and wellbeing through proactive interventions in pharmacy.

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?

The programme will use a blended learning approach including recommended reading, short recorded lectures, on-line quizzes, seminars, workshops and workplace-based learning. In addition to LJMU staff, expert practitioners will be involved in programme delivery.

​At the heart of the course is the requirement to maintain a professional practice portfolio, detailing clinical practice and personal development. Each module will involve formative and/or summative assessments, which help to contribute to this portfolio or draw on its content.

A range of assessment types are used in programme modules, including written examinations, oral and written case reports and written reports of activities such as practice evaluation exercises. Some modules also have competency requirements (pass/fail assessments) associated with them. These components are based around demonstrating competence through Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) and the professional practice portfolio.

​For the Master of Science Research Project Module you must submit a research project report.

All assessments are moderated by an external examiner. If your overall performance is of a very good standard you will be awarded a Merit and where performance is of an exceptional standard, a Distinction will be awarded.

Staff research interests

Staff have a wide range of skills that are relevant to supporting the development of excellent clinical pharmacy practice in primary and interface care settings. This includes expertise in health service and education research, as well as split roles with clinical practice to ensure that teaching remains current and looks to the future as much as possible.

​Key aspects of the course are developed and delivered by expert clinical practitioners, e.g. clinical liaison tutors and therapeutic specialist tutors, who form part of the academic delivery team and have current practice experience in a relevant role. This approach ensures that course content is in line with the changing world of pharmacy and the NHS.

​The postgraduate pharmacy team have a successful track record of providing professional practice programmes at a distance and in the workplace, with a well-established and popular course in medicine use in cancer, as well as over 25 years' experience delivering a clinical pharmacy programme to pharmacists working in hospitals in North West England.

Entry requirements (Home)

​You will need to be a pharmacist registered with the GPhC, hold a good degree in Pharmacy (or equivalent) and be currently working in an appropriate pharmacy setting in England, with an opportunity to contribute to the clinical care of patients. Appropriate settings include: community pharmacies; outpatient pharmacies run by community providers; and general medical practices.

If you are unsure whether your setting is appropriate and/or whether the opportunities to contribute to clinical care will be sufficient to allow you to completed the course, you should contact the Programme Leader: Dr Adam Mackridge MRPharmS Tel: 0151 231 2261 Email:

Application and selection

​Where an applicant has previously completed an independent prescribing qualification, it may be possible to recognise this prior learning within the programme structure and credit may be granted for the relevant modules that make up the prescribing award in the present programme. This is subject to approval by the University at admission.

The University will also consider students who have obtained an appropriate Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy from LJMU or another institution for direct entry to the MSc research project. This allows students to 'top up' an existing PgDip to a full MSc by completion of a research project. Students applying for this route do not need to be employed in a role in England, but must be in a position that would allow them to complete a relevant research project. Individuals interested in this route should contact the course leader to discuss their circumstances prior to submitting an application.

How to apply

  • Download and complete the supplementary application form
  • Click on the ‘Apply Now’ link 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 (Primary and Interface Care), 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 Declaration form (see Responsibilities of Employing Organisation document)
  • 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, Miss Nicola Urquhart, at

Will I be interviewed?

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

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 full and part-time 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 pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email to LJMU's Student Funding Team as soon as possible.

Sources of funding

Postgraduate loans

Postgraduate Masters loans are available for the 2017/18 academic year. The new loans, of up to £10,000, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses, in line with the existing qualification framework for England. Administered by the Student Loan Company, the loans will be available to those under 60 at the start of their course.

Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go to: 

Postgraduate International Scholarships

LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants. 

English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary

A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU's International Study Centre.

Earn While You Learn    

Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.

LJMU's Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.

Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)

Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you've completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs. 

Employer sponsorship

Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn't always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.

Support for disabled students

Disabled Students' Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don't have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU's Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.

Council tax exemption

All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.

Graduate employment

​Completing this course will support you in applying for new roles in general medical practices, with prescribing and clinical pharmacy skills allowing you to begin delivering clinical services immediately. In other settings, the course will allow you to develop your own role, including fostering leadership skills to help move your practice into new areas. This will help to improve job satisfaction and support new and innovative practices locally.

The course is aligned to the RPS Foundation Pharmacy Framework, and it is anticipated that this will support graduates in meeting future – and continuing – fitness to practice requirements from the GPhC.

International study

Please note: this programme is not suitable for students who require a Tier 4 visa. Due to immigration requirements, Tier 4 international students must study on a full-time basis.

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where 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.
Further guidance on programme changes

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