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

Study mode

Part-time (3 years)

Start date(s)

Spring 2020

Tuition fees 20/21
Home (part-time, per year): £2,750

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About this course

Develop your clinical practice further on a programme that combines workplace-based learning with academic studies and is mapped to professional development frameworks.

MSc Clinical Pharmacy for Secondary and Tertiary Care (PgCert, PgDip) allows you to develop your practice as a clinical pharmacist and is mapped to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s (RPS) Foundation Pharmacy Framework. The programme caters for pharmacists employed in secondary or tertiary care settings and whilst it is primarily tailored for pharmacists in the early stages of their career, pharmacists at any stage of their career can apply. Highlights of this programme include:

  • Use of blended learning, which combines workplace-based learning, self-directed study and university-based study sessions. This approach allows integration of theory and practice and a degree of flexibility since students can align studying the online learning materials with their current rotations
  • Interactive and stimulating workshops designed and delivered by experienced and specialist practising pharmacists
  • Use of workplace-based learning and regular formative feedback to build on the knowledge, skills, behaviours and experiences gained during your undergraduate and pre-registration years
  • The option of completing an Independent Prescribing Pathway (accredited by the GPhC) during the second year of the programme
  • Benefit from over 25 years’ experience in providing clinical pharmacy training


This programme will enhance your knowledge of therapeutics, powers of communication, critical thinking and problems solving skills. By promoting an understanding of the inter-disciplinary nature of healthcare, your appreciation of the problems encountered by other healthcare professionals will grow. The programme encourages a rigorous scientific approach to clinical pharmaceutical problems and the need to develop logical arguments, to enable you to optimise medicines for patients with complex problems and multiple co-morbidities. You will be able to promote and assess clinical pharmacy services and make evidence-based recommendations to benefit both your patients and place of work.

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) accredited LJMU as a Foundation School (in the first wave) in June 2015. As an accredited RPS Foundation School, LJMU works in partnership with employers to provide quality workplace education and training infrastructures, as well as training for practice-based tutors.

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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 2017) 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.

The School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences is a partner with the Centre for Pharmacy Innovation (CfPI). The CfPI 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.

Pharmacists are in high demand all over the world and a career in Pharmacy is both focused and rewarding. Under the Agenda for Change, many 

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme 

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

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Core modules

Developing Clinical and Professional Practice (PgCert)
30 credits

This module aims to develop the basic clinical skills required to assess the appropriateness and effectiveness of drug therapy in individual patients within the practice base setting and to facilitate your engagement with self-directed learning.

Clinical Therapeutics for Core Conditions (PgCert)
30 credits

This module aims to advance clinical knowledge of therapeutics and to provide you with the skills to apply this expertise to the appropriate management of a range of commonly encountered disease states and therapeutic problems seen in secondary care.

Improving Healthcare Practice (PgDip)
20 credits

This module covers systems-level management of clinical practice, including how healthcare services are organised and delivered.

Research Project (MSc)
60 credits

This module will enable you to develop and extend your research abilities and complete a substantial research project exploring a relevant aspect of clinical practice in primary and interface care.

Optional modules

Clinical Skills - Prescribing Pathway (PgDip)
10 credits

This module aims to enable healthcare professionals to develop clinical skills for prescribing, including patient evaluation and monitoring.

Prescribing Effectively in Practice - Prescribing Pathway (PgDip)
20 credits

This module aims to prepare Pharmacists for prescribing practice and is supported by a Designated Medical Practitioner to hone prescribing skills. The module facilitates effective prescribing considering clinical, ethical and legal factors.

Foundations of Leadership and Development - Non-prescribing Pathway (PgDip)
20 credits

This module builds on the skills and knowledge that you have gained through the first year of study and your on-going practice to help you develop leadership, change management and educational skills and techniques that are relevant to your future careers. It aims to develop leadership, coaching and mentoring skills and techniques to enable you to contribute to the development of healthcare practice.

Advanced and Specialist Therapeutics - Non-prescribing Pathway (PgDip)
20 credits

This module aims to provide integrated knowledge and understanding of the underpinning basis of medicines used in advanced and specialist practice for application to individual patients.

Therapeutics in Specialist Clinical Practice - Prescribing Pathway (PgDip)
10 credits

This module aims to provide integrated knowledge and understanding of the underpinning basis of medicines used in advanced clinical practice for application to individual patients.


An insight into teaching on your course

Study hours

A significant portion of learning activities will take place in your workplace as you apply your acquired knowledge and skills to the care of your patients. Students are expected to undertake approximately 8-10 hours per week of private study (which includes preparation for webinars and workshops, as well as completing assignments).

Study days and webinars

The course begins with an introductory study day with subsequent study days split between weekdays and weekend dates. Experienced and specialist practising pharmacists are heavily involved with teaching on these study days. Webinars are held either during weekday lunchtimes (typically 13:00-14:00) or during weekday evenings (typically 20:00-21:00) with dates provided following registration on the programme; recordings of all sessions will be made available for those unable to attend.

The dates for the study days for students starting the first year of the programme in March 2020 are:

  • 5 March 2020
  • 6 May 2020
  • 2 July 2020
  • There will also be five weekend study days held in May, July, September, October and November 2020. Since these often involve external speakers, dates will be confirmed by the time you enrol on the programme

Teaching methods

The programme’s blended learning approach features a range of online directed study activities (including recommended reading, short recorded lectures and online quizzes), webinars, face-to-face study days (in the form of seminars and workshops) and workplace-based learning. In order to develop an ethos of adult learning, didactic teaching methods are minimised and completing the pre-requisites before attending webinars and study days will enable you to get the most benefit.

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Applied learning

Tutor support

The programme team will allocate you a Clinical Liaison Tutor (CLT), who will fulfil the university’s Personal Tutor requirements. Your CLT will conduct tutorials at set points during the programme to discuss:

  • Your engagement with the programme (based on attendance at workshops, completion of online study materials, providing feedback after study days)
  • Key learning points from study days and how you will subsequently change your practice 
  • Progress with assignments and portfolio activities
  • Feedback from summative assessments

Your employer will allocate you a Practice-based Tutor (PBT) who will provide mentorship and guidance in the workplace and conduct workplace-based assessments (WBAs) to provide you with regular feedback on how to develop your practice. The requirements for workplace-based support (including PBT’s responsibilities) are described in this document. All PBTs are invited to a half-day workshop (on either 26 February or 18 March 2020) that will cover workplace-based learning and assessment, mentoring and feedback skills.

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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.

The programme utilises a range of assessment methods including: written reports, reflective essays, portfolios, case presentations, written examinations and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs). All assessments are moderated internally and externally, with merits and distinctions being awarded for very good and exceptional overall performance respectively. You will accumulate credits as you complete each module. Assignment deadlines and assessment dates (for those requiring attendance at LJMU) for the forthcoming year are summarised in the table below. The MSc research project requires the submission of a project report.
The deadline for the first year assignments for students starting the first year of the programme in March 2020 are:

  • Written assignment: 1–21 June 2020
  • Written assignment: 2–31 August 2020
  • Written assignment: 3–12 October 2020
  • Case presentation and OSCEs: either 2 or 3 December 2020 (students will be allocated one of these days after enrolment on the programme)
  • Written examination: 13 January 2021
  • Portfolio: 31 January 2021

Course tutors

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

Charles Morecroft

Charles Morecroft

Programme leader

Charles is a pharmacist, Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and an RPS Faculty Fellow. His background is in community pharmacy and he managed a number of pharmacies before purchasing his own pharmacy business in the Midlands. He completed a Masters degree in research methods, followed by a PhD in Pharmacy Practice at the University of Manchester. Charles joined LJMU in 2005 and currently has professional and academic responsibility for the development and delivery of the University’s clinical pharmacy programmes, as well leading the clinical pharmacy research team. Charles’ research interests are patient-centred and include adults, paediatric and young people’s experiences of illness, health and healthcare provision, adverse drug reactions, quality of life measures, patient information needs, patient safety and patient expectations of pharmacy services.

I particularly enjoy the challenge of designing and undertaking research projects to tackle problems facing practitioners in day-to-day practice.

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 registered (GPhC) pharmacist working in a Secondary Care role in North West England, with an opportunity to contribute to the clinical care of patients
  • an honours degree in pharmacy or equivalent
  • 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

If you wish to complete the optional prescribing qualification you must:

  • have at least two years of post-registration experience
  • nominate a Designated Medical Practitioner who meets the GPhC and University standards
  • have the opportunity to undertake sufficient prescribing practice to meet course requirements

Additional information

  • IELTS requirements 6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)
  • Pearson requirements 58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
  • Students that have obtained an appropriate Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy from LJMU or another institution may be considered for direct entry to the 60-credit research project module to top up their award to a full MSc. 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
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  • Recognition of prior learning may be accepted for direct entry onto the 2nd year of the PgDip if you have already completed a pharmacy-related PgCert at another UK university
  • You may be interviewed
  • All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalence check via NARIC

If you have any specific queries, please contact:

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.

You will need to complete our online application form and submit the supporting documents listed in this section. When completing this form, please note:

  • The level of entry is ‘Postgraduate Taught’
  • Mode of study is ‘Part time (EU/Home applicants only)’
  • You should then be able to find Clinical Pharmacy for Secondary and Tertiary Care (PgCert, PgDip or MSc) when browsing courses. Please ensure that you select the correct target award and corresponding entry date
  • For Current/Previous Qualifications, you only need to include details of your pharmacy qualification and any other university qualifications that you have; details of GCSEs, A-levels or International Baccalaureate are not required
  • Your personal statement needs to reflect your suitability and aptitude for the programme. For the application to be accepted by the system, this section needs to be at least 3,000 characters long

You will need to upload the following supporting documents:

  • Supplementary application form. Please note that if your employer is paying all or a proportion of your course fees that you will need to state the purchase order number on the form
  • A copy of the purchase order if your employer is paying some or all of the course fees
  • Pharmacy degree certificate
  • Employer declaration form (signed by the Education and Training Director). Details of the responsibilities of employing organisations and practice-based tutors are described in this document
  • Practice-based tutor declaration
  • Practice-based tutor summary CV (two pages)

If English is not your first language and you have not recently completed a university level qualification in English, you will also need to upload a copy of your IELTS certificate to your completed online application form.

If you are applying for direct entry to the PgDip or MSc year of the programme, you need to provide a copy of your PgCert or PgDip award, your academic transcript (which will provide details of modules completed) and the associated module guides or proformas. This allows the team to review how closely the learning outcomes for the modules you have completed align to our programmes.

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Please 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 2020
Deadline: Monday 13 January 2020
Start of teaching: Thursday 5 March 2020

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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