MSc Advancing Clinical Pharmacy Practice

Why choose Herts?

Teaching Excellence: You will be taught by Clinical experts using excellent clinical simulation facilities.

Work Placement Opportunities: You will undertake Clinical Placements in local NHS Trusts.

Clinical Connections: Benefit from our strong links with local NHS healthcare organisations who provide specialist clinical teaching on the programme and provide placement opportunities.

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.  

MSc Advancing Clinical Pharmacy Practice with extended placement

This pathway builds on the MSc Advancing Clinical Pharmacy Practice to allow students to demonstrate an advanced knowledge and systematic understanding of pharmaceutical care delivery in a hospital setting. This will be achieved by students undertaking 6 months of clinical rotations based in local NHS hospitals. 

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

What will I study?

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.

  • 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
  • Key staff

    Dr Claire Hough
    Programme Lead
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    Dr Nada Shebl
    Admissions Tutor
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    Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    MSc Advancing Clinical Pharmacy Practice Download
    Programme specifications
    MSc Advancing Clinical Pharmacy Practice Download
    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year


    Applications open to international and EU students


    Student experience

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    Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2021/2022. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.