About the course

The MSc Advancing Clinical Pharmacy Practice programme is a one year of full-time course that is suitable for pharmacists who have at least 6 months patient-facing post registration experience.  

The programme provides an opportunity to study a wide range of pharmacy practice, medicines management and public health related theory and to explore the professional practice of pharmacy in a clinical pharmacy setting.  

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 MSc Advancing Clinical Pharmacy Practice
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 MSc Advancing Clinical Pharmacy Practice

Why choose this course?

The programme aims to develop advanced knowledge, skills and attributes in the professional practice of Pharmacy and ensure safe, effective and rational use of medicines. The programme will provide a wide range of opportunities to enable individuals to develop an in depth understanding of the evidence base and safety framework for healthcare and medicines management. The programme offers the opportunity for multi-professional working with others who are involved in the provision of health care. The changes in healthcare and the implications for the changing role of Pharmacists are integral to the development of this programme. Patient safety and medicines optimisation are integral to the goals of developing healthcare services and is fundamental to safe effective and rational use of medicines. 

"I joined the Advancing Clinical Pharmacy Practice (ACPP) Master’s Programme at the University of Hertfordshire as part of my career development in clinical pharmacy. I have enriched my clinical knowledge throughout the different sessions and workshops. During the programme, I found myself stretching and becoming a reflective learner. Moreover, I developed the skills that are necessary for my professional life. For instance, reading scientific papers were no longer the same as I developed a judicious eye and was continuously encouraged by the lecturers to be critical in my thinking. On a different level, I was encouraged by the lecturers to be innovative and independent in my scientific approaches. This helped me to strengthen my analytical abilities and problem solving-skills.

Being part of the ACPP programme gave me the chance to observe and interact with clinical pharmacists during the work-based hospital placement. Besides the clinical knowledge, I learned from this experience how to be a leader, organise myself and my team and how to set priorities when dealing with patient care and patient safety.

Finally, I am grateful for joining the ACPP programme at the University of Hertfordshire because it gave me the opportunity to grow and allowed me to draw my vision in terms of my future professional and academic plans."

Amal Alharbi, MSc Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice

Key staff

Dr Claire Hough
Programme Lead
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Dr Nada Shebl
Admissions Tutor
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Course details


This programme offers excellent opportunities for continuing professional development for practicing pharmacists to enhance career opportunities. 

Teaching methods

Teaching methods are varied including lectures, seminars, workshops and practice placements with specialist clinical pharmacist teacher practitioners and lecturers who are expert in their field. Students are encouraged to develop and utilise the skills of life-long learners.

Our facilities

Our school, at the University of Hertfordshire offers world-class teaching and learning facilities, including Europe's largest medical simulation laboratory.

Take a virtual tour of our facilities at the School of Life and Medical Science.

Work Placement

There is an in-course work placement for international students.


  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Clinical Pharmacy in Practice 45 Credits Compulsory
    Core Competencies in Pharmacy Practice 30 Credits Compulsory
    Leadership in Practice 30 Credits Compulsory
    Project (ACPP) 60 Credits Compulsory
    Work-Based Learning for Pharmacists 15 Credits Compulsory
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9010 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £18000 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Fees 2020

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9280 for the 2020/2021 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £18540 for the 2020/2021 academic year

    Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

    View detailed information about tuition fees

    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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    Entry requirements

    You must be a registered pharmacist in your home country with at least 6-months of patient facing practice in a hospital and a good bachelor’s degree in pharmacy (at least 55% GPA) or equivalent.

    You will need a secure IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent with a minimum of 6.0 in any band. International Students should be aware that this course does not lead to registration to practice as a pharmacist in the UK.

    If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.

    Initial screening criteria

    Proof of registration as a pharmacist in your home country.

    Degree certificate and transcripts (good bachelor’s degree in pharmacy (at least 55% GPA) or equivalent).

    CV including your patient facing experience as the programme requires at least 6 months of patient facing experience.

    Further information with offer

    • Personal statement stating why you want to study at UH, why the UK and why this specific programme
    • Reference letter from current employment or University
    • Proof of English language- IELTS of 7.0 or equivalent with a minimum of 6.0 in any band. We do offer pre-sessional English sessions for students who get a total IELTS score less than 7. These English sessions usually run between May and July before the programme starts depending on the student's IELTS score and incur an additional charge besides the MSc's fees

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 1 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/202025/09/2021Apply online (Full Time)


    Start DateEnd DateLink
    28/09/202125/09/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    We welcome applications from international and EU students