About This Course
Pharmacy - Clinical Pharmacy
2 years Part-time
Part-Time, Distance Learning. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
EU Fees 2018
€3,990 per year
See Fees and Costs for full details.
Non-EU Fees 2018
€8,000 per year
Primary degree (NQF level 8) in pharmacy from an approved school of pharmacy. See Requirements for full details.
30th June 2018
Course Delivery Method
MSc Clinical Pharmacy is a two-year, part-time distance learning course specially designed for pharmacists employed in a healthcare setting, who want to enhance their clinical pharmacy knowledge and practice skills. Much of the learning is case-based so scientific and professional elements are integrated. The course is designed to maximise contact between student and tutor while allowing distance learning via the internet and through teleconferences/webinars with experienced medical and pharmacy practitioners.
Pathway 1 of the course consists of: 60 credits of taught modules (part 1); 30 credits of a research project (part 2).
Part 1 - 60 credits:
PF6001 Biostatistics/Critical Appraisal (5 credits)
PF6005 Pharmacoeconomics (5 credits)
PF6006 Pharmacotherapy II (15 credits): Endocrinology, CNS (Psychiatry/ Neurology), Musculoskeletal, Infectious Disease (15 credits)
PF6007 Pharmacotherapy III (10 credits): Special Populations (10 credits)
PF6009 Pharmacotherapy I (15 credits): Renal, Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Gastrointestinal Disorders (15 credits)
PF6010 Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Rational Use of Drugs (10 credits)
In Part 1, you must take a minimum of 30 credits in the first academic year. You cannot proceed to year 2 of the course unless you have passed year 1.
Part 2 - 30 credits:
PF6008 Research Dissertation in Clinical Pharmacy (30 credits)
The research project is carried out in the workplace under the supervision of an academic supervisor and your workplace tutor. You are expected to develop an understanding of the planning, execution and reporting of a research project. You will also develop problem-solving, project management and presentation skills.
After completion of the taught modules (60 credits), students can opt not to complete the course and be conferred with a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy.
Pathway II (one year course)
Students take 45 credits as follows:
PF6001 Biostatistics/Critical Appraisal (5 credits)
PF6007 Pharmacotherapy III: Special Populations (10 credits)
PF6008 Research Dissertation in Clinical Pharmacy (30 credits)
A detailed description of the module objectives, content, learning outcomes and pass standards is provided in the UCC Book of Modules
Possible Exit Awards
Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy (NFQ Level 9, Minor award)
Students unable to complete the full Master's programme may register for the Master's and, on completion of 30 credits (taught modules), may opt to exit the programme and be eligible for the Level 9 award of Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy. A student who subsequently applies to the Master's Degree in Clinical Pharmacy must do so within 5 years from the date of successful completion of the Certificate examinations.
Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy (NFQ Level 9, Major award)
Students successfully completing 60 credits (taught modules) may opt not to proceed to the Research Project and Dissertation (PF6008) and may opt to be conferred with a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy. A student who subsequently applies to continue to the Master's Degree in Clinical Pharmacy must do so within 5 years from the date of successful completion of the Diploma examinations.
Masters in Clinical Pharmacy (NFQ Level 9, Major award)
Upon completion of the taught modules (60 credits) students will undertake PF6008 Research Project and Dissertation in Clinical Pharmacy (30 credits).
Individual Modules - CPD
As part of UCC's commitment to Continuing Professional Development (CPD), healthcare professionals may take a one-off module from the list available in this course and be provided with a relevant transcript of marks.
Additional Teaching Mode Information
This programme will be taught online.
Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can also apply online at PAC.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students.
**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year.
In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments.
Delivered entirely by distance learning. Apart from the final year exams, students are not required to attend the university. A compulsory induction webinar at the start of year 1 introduces students to the structure of the programme. The taught modules incorporate a combination of printed module workbooks, teleconferences, web-based seminars and online assessments. Students communicate with the module co-ordinators and each other through regular teleconferences/ webinars and via the Internet (using Blackboard, UCC’s learning management system).
Course materials are circulated under a strict timetable and all module assignments must be returned within set deadlines. Average 10 to 15 hours a week on teleconference/webinar preparation and participation, general reading, case studies, assignments and examination study and half a day each week on clinical placement/ work-based learning.
This course is assessed using a mixture of continuous assessment (assignments, exercises, multiple choice question exams and clinical case presentations) and written exams. Written examinations take place in UCC at the end of both years. For some modules, there is a clinical case presentation along with the exam at the end of the academic year. Students in year 2 of the course will complete their research project.
Who teaches this course
Our academic staff includes clinical staff from the School of Pharmacy, pharmacists, medical doctors, health economists, pharmacologists and biostatisticians. MSc in Clinical Pharmacy contributing practitioners are identified in each module and contact can be made directly or through the course co-ordinator.
Why Choose This Course
Our distance learning format allows you to remain in full-time employment throughout the course.
Skills and Careers Information
If you are interested in becoming a leader in clinical pharmacy services, our course will provide you with the skills you need. These include presentation skills, report writing, critical appraisal of drug therapies and rational drug use, pharmacoeconomic evaluation, research project management and medication safety management.
- Candidates must hold a primary pharmacy degree from a School of Pharmacy that is approved by the Programme Committee;
- They must be registered with the professional accreditation authority in the country in which they are practising;
- Candidates should have practical experience in their area of qualifications of at least one year post-registration;
- Candidates must be employed in a healthcare setting;
- Applicants may be requested to undergo an interview;
- All candidates will be required to have full access to computer and internet facilities and to be computer literate;
- In some exceptional circumstances candidates, by virtue of their training and experience may, at the discretion of the Programme Director and the Head of School, be deemed suitable for entry to the degree.
Entry Requirements (Pathway II)
In addition to the above:
The Programme Management Committee may permit graduates holding a Postgraduate Certificate (equivalent to Level 9 award) in Clinical Pharmacy or a Postgraduate Diploma (equivalent to Level 9 award) in Clinical Pharmacy from an appropriately accredited School of Pharmacy to enter a one year programme. To be considered for entry to this programme, candidates must have completed their Clinical Pharmacy Postgraduate Certificate/Postgraduate Diploma no later than five years prior to the date of registration for this programme.
English Language Requirements
If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. All applicants whose first language is not English are required to sit either an IELTS or TOEFL test. The minimum English Language Requirements for Postgraduate Degree Programmes in the College of Medicine and Health is a minimum IELTS 6.5, with no individual section lower than 6.5 for all programmes.
Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.
For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .
Fees and Costs
The fee for this course is €3,990 per year.
If your course is offered full time and part time, the fee for part time courses is half the full time fee.
If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.
EU student fee payment:
Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.
International student fee payment:
Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.
How can I pay?
By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.
If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at email@example.com .
The Non-EU fee for this course is €8,000 per year.
How Do I Apply
1. Choose Course
Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.
2. Apply Online
Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee.
3. Gather Supporting Documents
Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.
- Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
- Any supplementary forms requested for your course.
Please log into PAC for more details.
4. Application processing timeline
Our online application system PAC opens for applications in early November of each year.
Questions on how to apply?
EU students contact firstname.lastname@example.org
International students contact email@example.com
Additional Requirements (All Applicants)
Please also note that you will be asked to fill in a supplementary information form as part of the applications process for this programme. This form is available to view here MSc Clinical Pharmacy Supplementary Questions.
Please be advised that all applications will be reviewed after the closing date of the 30th June 2018 has passed regardless of the initial date of application.