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

Study mode

Part-time (3 years)

Start date(s)

Spring 2019

Autumn 2019

Tuition fees 19/20
Home (part-time, per year): £2,750

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0151 231 5090

Faculty of Science:

0151 231 2888

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About this course

Train to become a Clinical Pharmacist on this programme 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 
  • Study on a course offering workplace-based learning, self-directed learning and University-based study sessions 
  • Take an optional Independent Prescribing pathway (accredited by the GPhC)
  • Benefit from over 25 years’ Clinical Pharmacy experience in providing Clinical Pharmacy training

The course caters for registered pharmacists employed in secondary care and is tailored for graduates in the early stages of their career. It enables pharmacists to appreciate the problems encountered by other healthcare professionals by promoting an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of healthcare. 

By promoting a rigorous scientific approach to clinical pharmaceutical problems, you are able to act as a clinical adviser. The course 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.


LJMU was accredited as a Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Foundation School in June 2015. 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 focuses 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 as well as training for practice-based tutors and assessments based on competency and performance. 

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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 your learning will take place in your workplace as you apply your acquired knowledge and skills to the care of your patients. There are a few days when you are asked to attend the university for study sessions and these are vital in providing support.

Study days and study weekends are designed to ensure you get the most out of your time on campus.

Study days

  • Wednesday 11th September 2019 – Study day
  • Wednesday 16th October 2019 – Study day
  • Sunday 17th November 2019 – Study day
  • Saturday 18th January 2020 – Study day
  • Wednesday 5th February 2020 – Study day
  • March 2020 – one weekend study day – to be confirmed
  • April 2020 – one weekend study day – to be confirmed
  • June 2020 – one weekend study day – to be confirmed

Teaching methods

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

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Applied learning

Assessments days

  • OSCE and Presentation assessment: Wednesday 13, Thursday 14, Thursday 21 or Friday 22 May 2020 – students to be allocated one of these dates nearer the time to maximise flexibility across Trusts 
  • Written examination and resit OSCEs: Wednesday 15 July 2020

Practice-based tutor training day

  • Date to be allocated nearer the time to maximise flexibility across Trusts: Thursday 12 September 2019 or Wednesday 2 October 2019

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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.

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.

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)
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  • 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
  • You will be interviewed
  • Letters of support from employers may be required
  • All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency 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.

How to apply

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.

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.

  • 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 (Secondary and Tertiary Care), entry point (March or September), 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, 
  1. Completed Employer declaration form
  2. Completed Practice-based pharmacist tutor declaration 
  3. Two-page summary CV of your nominated practice-based pharmacist tutor
  • 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: Autumn 2019
Deadline: Monday 15 July 2019
Start of teaching: Wednesday 11 September 2019

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