About the course

The aim of the MSc Pharmacy Practice programme is to equip practitioners with the core skills and competencies they require to provide pharmaceutical and patient care in their practice setting within a multidisciplinary team. 

Students undertake the certificate in year 1 with progression to the diploma in year 2 and have the option of completing the MSc in year 3. The certificate and diploma develops core clinical pharmacy and therapeutic skills with a focus on the management of patients on acute and long-term conditions and patient safety. The programme offers optional modules at the MSc level, including practice research modules and the Pharmacist Independent Prescribing module accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council. Minimum level criteria apply for students wishing to undertake the Pharmacist Independent Prescribing optional module and additional learning outcomes apply to this module.

Students undertake work-based learning that is supported by a recognised work-based tutor and attend study days at the university of Hertfordshire.

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

Why choose this course?

The programme offers

  • 2 year course for Diploma in Pharmacy Practice with the option of a 3rd year for an MSc in Pharmacy Practice
  • Clinical and therapeutic focused study days supported by out internationally renowned simulation suite
  • Directed learning with progression to self-directed learning
  • Learning and sharing of experiences with colleagues from other hospitals
  • Programme linked to the Foundation Pharmacy Framework
  • An opportunity for transferring credits/qualifications between universities participating within the JPB collaboration (subject to approval)
  • Historically, funding has always been available from Health Education, England.

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Additional Information

If you decide to study this course on a part time basis you will be charged £540 per 15 credits for the 2017 academic year. Please note that charges based on Health Contract funding may vary.

Key staff

Programme Tutor Dr Nkiruka Umaru

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Professional Accreditations

The course has been developed in partnership with Joint Programmes Board (JPB) London, East and South East England.

Course details

Teaching methods

Our facilities

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

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  • Year 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Professional Development in the NHS (Work Based) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Pharmaceutical Care (Work Based) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Applied Therapeutics 1-long term disease states (work based) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Applied Therapeutics 2-short term/acute disease states (work based) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Health Disciplines Project 30 Credits Optional
    Evidence Based Practice 30 Credits Optional
    Project (ACPP) 60 Credits Optional
    Pharmacist Independent Prescribing L7 30 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Part time
    • £700 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Part time
    • £1050 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 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.

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    Other financial support

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    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

    The entry requirements for the MSc Pharmacy Practice are the following:

    Applicants for the MSc in Pharmacy Practice should be registered Pharmacists in the UK with the General Pharmaceutical Council. Applicants must have a practice site and work-based tutor recognised by the University of Hertfordshire (transferrable within the JPB collaborative subject to approval). Please note the minimum level criteria for those wishing to undertake the Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists module using the following link: https://www.pharmacyregulation.org/education/pharmacist-independent-prescriber/entry-requirements  

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Part Time, 3 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


    Start DateEnd DateLink
    01/09/202031/07/2021Apply online (Part Time)


    Start DateEnd DateLink
    01/09/202131/07/2022Apply online (Part Time)
    We welcome applications from international and EU students