MSc Clinical Pharmacy for Primary Care and Community Pharmacy (PgCert, PgDip)

Start date(s)

Spring 2022

Study mode

Part-time (3 years)

Tuition fees 21/22

Home (part-time, per year): £3,100

About this course

LJMU's Clinical Pharmacy MSc enables primary care and community pharmacy pharmacists to maximise their role within 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 designed and delivered by specialist practising pharmacists 
  • Study an optional Independent Prescribing pathway (accredited by the GPhC)
  • Begin your studies in Spring or Autumn and enrol with the PgCert/PgDip/MSc as your target award
  • Study over three years (part-time). If you wish to stage your 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

This course reflects the evolving role of Pharmacists in primary care and at the interface with secondary care. It is closely aligned with the Government's published plans for the role of the Pharmacist in NHS England.


The programme aims to support you in developing your practice. 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.

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Fees and funding


The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to use your own)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)

Money - postgraduate funding information

  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)

This programme is not eligible for the LJMU Alumni Award


There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2018) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

Completing the Clinical Pharmacy for Primary and Interface Care MSc, PG Diploma, PG Cert course will support you in developing your practices and new roles in community pharmacy and general medical practices, with prescribing and clinical pharmacy skills allowing you to begin delivering services immediately. This will help to improve job satisfaction and support new and innovative practices locally.

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your course

Your programme is made up of a number of core and option modules and a research project as detailed below.

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Core modules

Medicines Optimisation in Long-term Conditions (PgCert, PgDip, MSc) 
20 credits

This module considers the medicines optimisation of long-term conditions commonly encountered in primary care and community pharmacy in individual patients and groups of patients.

Practitioner Development in Primary Care and Community Pharmacy (PgCert, PgDip, MSc)
20 credits

This module aims to develop the skills and competence of pharmacists to support and empower patients, including consultation skills, shared decision making decision and adopting a holistic approach to patient care.

Quality Improvement in Healthcare (PgDip, MSc) 
20 credits

The aim of this module is to enable students to develop skills in research methods and expertise in the evaluation, delivery and development of an area of healthcare. This module also includes appropriate research methods and research skills to support students who wish to complete an MSc dissertation.

Research Project (MSc)
60 credits

This module will enable you to develop and extend your research abilities and complete a research project.

Optional modules

Medicines Optimisation in Acute Conditions (PgCert, PgDip, MSc)
20 credits

This module considers the medicines optimisation of acute conditions commonly encountered in primary care and community pharmacy in individual patients and groups of patients.

Medicines Optimisation in Community Pharmacy (PgCert, PgDip, MSc)  
20 credits

This module considers medicines optimisation for individual patients presenting within a community pharmacy environment and enables students to acquire an advanced knowledge of best clinical practice/national guidance and its application to clinical practice and pharmaceutical care in patients with specific conditions.

Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists (PgDip, MSc) 
40 credits

This module develops the personal, professional, clinical and diagnostic skills required to deliver person-centred care as a pharmacist independent prescriber. Successful completion of this module enables individuals to apply to the General Pharmaceutical Council for annotation as an Independent Prescriber.

Oncology Pharmacy Practice in Primary Care (PgDip, MSc)
20 credits

This module facilitates students’ development of clinical knowledge and skills that are relevant to the needs of healthcare professionals supporting patients prescribed oncology medicines in a primary care setting.

Fundamental Paediatric Pharmacy Practice (PgDip, MSc) 
20 credits

This module facilitates the development of students’ clinical knowledge and skills that are relevant to the needs of healthcare professionals to deliver fundamental paediatric practice in a primary care setting.

Clinical Leadership in Medicines Optimisation (PgDip, MSc)  
20 credits

This module aims to develop students' leadership skills to enable you to implement initiatives to optimise medicines for the wider population both within an organisation and between healthcare sectors.

Education and Training in Healthcare (PgDip, MSc) 
20 credits

This module aims to develop the knowledge and skills required to deliver and critique education and training sessions to healthcare professionals.


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

You will be assigned a personal tutor at enrolment. Your tutor 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 (Canvas), 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 and virtual study days supplemented by tutorials with your tutor.

Start date

Please note this date may be subject to change: March 2022

Study days

Please note these dates may be subject to change.

March 23rd 2022
May 17th 2022
July 18th 2022
Sept 20th 2022
Jan 9th 2023
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Teaching methods

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

The embedded prescribing programme was accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council in March 2020. Successful completion of the programme will result in you being issued with a Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing, which entitles you to apply for annotation as an independent prescriber on the GPhC or PSNI register of Pharmacists.

Please note: 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.

Applied learning

As you will be working as you study, this programme enables you to put your new found skills into practice immediately.

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How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

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.

Assesment methods for this course include: written exams, oral and written case reports and written reports of activities such as practice evaluation exercises. Some modules also have competency requirements (pass/fail assessments). 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.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Suzanne Cutler

Suzanne Cutler

Programme Leader

Suzanne is a registered pharmacist and independent prescriber. Before moving into academia, she worked in both community pharmacy and primary care and continues to work as a bank pharmacist in hospitals. Suzanne has a particular research interest in health and social care team-working and inter-professional education. She is also actively involved in research associated with primary care and prescribing.

It's particularly rewarding to see postgraduate students achieve their career aspirations as a result of gaining their qualifications.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

The programme is delivered in the student's workplace.

University staff are based in the Faculty of Science in the City Campus. Here you’ll find state-of-the art laboratories and teaching spaces. In terms of independent study support, the Avril Robarts Library, open 24/7 during semesters, is located just minutes away from the Faculty of Science on Tithebarn Street.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • to be a UK Pharmacist registered with the GPhC 
  • to be currently working in an appropriate UK pharmacy setting, 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 complete the course, you should contact the Programme Leader: Mrs Suzanne Cutler by calling 0151 231 2566 or emailing:

Additional Information
  • RPL is accepted on this programme.
  • You will be interviewed
  • You will need to provide a letter of support from your employer
  • All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC

If you have any specific queries, please contact

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

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 LJMU at the admissions stage.

LJMU 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 by emailing: to discuss their circumstances prior to submitting an application.

How to apply

  • Download and complete the supplementary application form
  • Click ‘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 (Primary and Interface Care), entry point (March), 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: 
  • Completed supplementary application form
  • Certificate(s) for any qualifications listed in your application
  • If applying to study the PgCert or PgDip levels of the programme a completed Employer 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 copy of the Purchase Order authorising payment of the course from your place of work
  • 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
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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).

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

Application deadline

Intake: Spring 2022
Deadline: January 17 2022

Please ensure that all supplementary information has been supplied by this date.

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

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.

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