UCC CPD courses

PF6009 Pharmacotherapy I: Renal, CVS, Respiratory and Gastrointestinal Diseases

Course Fact File
Duration12 weeks
Teaching ModePart-Time
Fees€2,115.00 See Fees and Costs for full details.
Closing Date30th June 2022


Start DateSemester I


Module Objective: To develop a higher knowledge of the major pharmacotherapeutic areas in order to promote a better understanding of the benefits and risks of the use of these medicines in the clinical pharmacy setting and to prepare the pharmacist for his/her evolving role within the hospital/community setting.

Module Content: The diseases of the major organ systems, gastrointestinal (including liver), respiratory, cardiovascular and renal systems and the drugs that acton these systems will be examined. The potential changes in drug safety and efficacy that may occur in the presence of impaired function in any of these systems will be highlighted in order to ensure usage of the most appropriate therapies at an individual level. The expanded professional role of the clinical pharmacist will be highlighted, as will potential areas of future development.

Learning Outcomes:  On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

Discuss and explain the epidemiology, aetiology, pathophysiology, signs, symptoms, and tests leading to the diagnosis, of common disorders/diseases of the gastrointestinal (including liver), respiratory, cardiovascular and renal systems.
Choose the appropriate and effective therapy, for selected diseases of the gastrointestinal (including liver), respiratory, cardiovascular and renal systems.

Formulate pharmaceutical care plans and counsel patients including patients with co-morbid disease.


Compulsory Elements: Formal Written Examination; Continuous Assessment. Oral if required.


As per MSc (Clinical Pharmacy). 

  • 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.

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 view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests. 

Fees and Costs

The fee is €2,115. There is also a €35 application fee to be paid on submitting your application through the UCC On-line Portal.

How To Apply

This module is part of the MSc in Clinical Pharmacy which runs on a biannual basis, i.e. taught modules only run every two years. PF6006 and PF6009 were available in 2020/21 and will run again in 2022/23.

  • To apply for this module please log on to the UCC APPLY page and create an account.  
  • Gather any additional documents required (including a passport-style photo), copy of your degree parchment if not a previous UCC graduate.
  • An application fee of €35 will be payable on submission of your application via the same platform.