MSc Clinical Pharmacy

Published: 11th March 2019

This masters degree in offfers part-time distance and blended learning options that enable practitioners to develop clinical, leadership and research skills while working as a pharmacist.

The professionally recognised MSc/PGDip Clinical Pharmacy course offers a mix of clinical, applied practice, public health and research units, giving you the knowledge and skills to be an excellent clinical pharmacist.

You will also cover applied practice topics including health economics, public health, pharmacy practice research, training others and organisational influences on healthcare.

If you want to undertake research, you will be supported by one of our leading academic researchers to undertake a small-scale clinical research project to complete the MSc award.

Following four compulsory units in Year 1, you can choose from 14 units in Year 2 to tailor the course to your own interests.

Find out more about the course and apply online at

There are two learning routes to suit pharmacists in all patient-facing roles and with differing work demands.

Distance learning

This is a completely online route and allows you to study from home at times convenient to you, which is ideal for international students, shift workers and those based outside the Manchester area.

Interactive online learning supplemented by webinars will enhance your skills in optimising drug therapy and clinical problem-solving. This route is open to pharmacists in any patient-facing role.

Blended learning

This route consists of seven study days per year and interactive online learning that will enhance your clinical knowledge, teaching you to optimise drug therapy and develop your problem-solving skills.

You need to be in a patient-facing role and will need both a suitable work environment and work-based tutor. Study days are mandatory.

This route is generally aimed at Band 6 and 7 pharmacists who are seeking to develop within the NHS.

Both routes are open to qualified pharmacists who would like to develop their clinical skills and enhance their practice.


The content of this course is accredited by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS). We are an RPS Foundation School and are recognised by the RPS for our commitment to pursuing and promoting quality and excellence within the profession.

By working towards foundation level practice, you may be awarded a certificate of professional recognition, which is highly sought after by employers.

Entry requirements

An honours degree in pharmacy (minimum Lower Second or equivalent). Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply via the online application form. See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,000 in year 1 and 2, £4,000 in year 3
    International students (per annum): £6,900 in year 1 and 2, £9,200 in year 3
  • PGDip (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,000 per annum
    International students (per annum): £6,900 in year 1 and 2, £9,200 in year 3
  • Modular (part-time distance learning)
    UK students (per annum): £1,100 per 15 credit module
    International students (per annum): £1,100 per 15 credit module

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are fixed for international students, for the course duration at the year of entry).

For general fees information please visit postgraduate fees .

Always contact the department via if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Contact details

Academic department: Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Telephone: +44 (0)161 306 0604

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