Postgraduate Factfile: Clinical Pharmacy MSc, PgDip, PgCert

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Course at a glance

Mode of study: Part Time (2 years)
Start date: September

  • £6 million state-of-the-art teaching and laboratory facilities
  • Exceptional teaching quality and student satisfaction ratings
  • Curriculum mapped to General Level and Advanced to Consultant Level Frameworks for pharmacy practice
  • Excellent graduate employment prospects with pharmacists in high demand worldwide

Course overview

This postgraduate programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to appraise current practices, research new ideas and develop viable alternative approaches. It provides education and training as the base for successful and responsible careers in clinical pharmacy. The course will provide you with a clear understanding of the role of clinical pharmacists. You will expand your knowledge base in key areas of therapeutics, receiving experiential training in clinical pharmacy practice, provided through tuition (including a strong element of mentorship).

You will be encouraged to adopt an enquiring approach to the subject, appraise and evaluate clinical pharmacy practices, be prepared to challenge the status quo, and to offer your views on alternative approaches. At all stages you will be encouraged to adopt a self-directed learning approach to facilitate an ethos of lifelong learning.

The various modules of the LJMU Clinical Pharmacy Diploma have been mapped to the General Level Framework (GLF) for general pharmacy practice and the foundation level of the Advanced to Consultant Level Framework (ACLF).

Successful completion of the diploma will ensure that you have covered the GLF and aspects of the Foundation level of the ACLF. As a result of this, you will be equipped to promote, develop and assess clinical pharmacy services, which will be of direct benefit to the health services and to the patients you serve.

The Postgraduate Certificate component extends over one year. The Postgraduate Diploma component of the course extends over two years. Progression to the Master of Science qualification can normally be completed in six months to two years. Intake for the Postgraduate Certificate/Postgraduate Diploma takes place in September and February each year. Applications for continuation to the MSc component of the course can be considered at any time.

The School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences is at the forefront of modern research and teaching and emphasises the importance of both in order to deliver a top quality education to all of its students. The Teaching Quality Assessment claims that ‘the close relationship between the students and teaching staff at the School of Biomolecular Sciences provides a very harmonious and effective teaching environment’.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments are associated with each module. Each module’s final mark is variably derived from continually assessed coursework and/or an end of semester written examination. As students successfully complete assessments they accumulate the appropriate credits. For the Master of Science Research Project Module students must submit a bound research project report and undertake an oral examination. All assessments are moderated by an external examiner, who also conducts the oral examinations. Students whose overall performance, at either Postgraduate Diploma or Master of Science level, is of exceptional merit will be awarded a Distinction.

Introduction to the School

The multidisciplinary School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences is one of the oldest providers of Pharmacy education in the world and has been delivering industry-relevant courses since 1849.

Whether you are studying for a taught postgraduate programme or embarking on a research degree (PhD or MPhil), we guarantee you a supportive, flexible academic environment, well-structured programmes and 24/7 access to extensive resources.

The School offers high quality undergraduate and postgraduate education and training in areas including Pharmacy, Applied Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Forensic Science and Biochemistry.

We also have an established reputation for supporting postgraduate students returning to education after a break and for delivering professionally-orientated courses that can be studied along full-time employment.

Internationally recognised expertise

Many of the staff based at the School are internationally recognised experts and leaders in various areas of research including. These include Professor Mark Cronin and Dr Judith Madden who specialise in the area of chemoinformatics (predictive toxicology), Professor Satya Sarker, an expert in natural products drug discovery and phytochemistry, Professor Khalid Rahman in nutraceuticals, Professor  Mark Wainwright in photochemistry, Dr Gillian Hutcheon in nanopharmaceutics,  Dr Glynn Hobbs in biomedical microbiology, and Dr Simon Brandt and Dr Phil Riby in analytical chemistry. 

Research excellence

The School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences carries out research in a number of areas, under the direction of internationally recognised researchers: 

  • Medicinal Chemistry and Natural Products Research focussing on prevention and cure of human diseases
  • Delivery and Formulation especially focussing on nanopharmaceutics
  • Biomedical Sciences focussing on oncology, toxicology, cell-signalling, immunity and infections
  • Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Forensic Analysis
  • Chemoinformatics focussing on prediction of toxicity, ADME properties and pharmacological activity
  • Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics  focussing on various aspects of clinical pharmacy.

We offer researchers access to both outstanding facilities and the exceptional expertise of our  research staff.

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Employment and careers

A career in Pharmacy is focused and rewarding. Pharmacists are in high demand all over the world and this programme will help to enhance skills of pharmacists already working in the field and broaden their subject knowledge in the area of Clinical Pharmacy.

As a postgraduate student you will be able to take full advantage of the extensive range of advice and guidance available in our World of Work Careers Centre, including our Ready for Work training courses, which cover everything from interview skills to preparing for assessment centre tests.

LJMU also has a dedicated Centre for Entrepreneurship, offering business advice and start-up funding, to students and graduates interested in setting up their own companies or working freelance.

Our World of Work Programme – endorsed by FTSE 100 companies and leading business organisations – offers you the chance to get an additional certificate proving to potential employers that you have the skills and experience they are looking for. No other university in the UK or internationally, offers students the chance to develop these skills and organisations backing the scheme include the Confederation of British Industry, United Utilities, Sony, Siemens, Peugeot Citroen and Marks and Spencer.

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International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting for more information and advice.


LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University from September 2014 onwards.

These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here:

Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

  • new international applicants
  • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
  • LJMU international alumni
Name of scholarship Level of study Value of scholarship Number available Additional eligibility criteria
John Moores International Undergraduate Scholarship Postgraduate taught and research degrees (MSc, MA, MRes, MPhil / PhD) A full tuition fee waiver worth up to £12,000 8 You must:
  • have an English IELTS score of 7.0 (with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component) or recognised equivalent
  • be a self-funded student
  • have a valid offer to study a masters programme at LJMU in September 2014
  • submit a completed scholarship application form
Developing Global Citizens Postgraduate Scholarship Postgraduate taught degrees (MSc, MA, MRes) A one-off £4,000 fee waiver 20 You must
  • be a self-funded student from Africa, the ASEAN countries, the People’s Republic of China or Commonwealth country
  • have a valid offer to study a masters degree or research programme at LJMU in September 2014
  • submit a completed scholarship application form

English for Postgraduate courses bursary

A bursary will be available for students who must complete the six week English for Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their postgraduate taught or research degree at LJMU.

This bursary is worth £700 and takes the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol on your degree programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship form in order to receive this bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.

English language requirements

Entry requirements

Graduates in Pharmacy working in a pharmacy setting close to LJMU PLUS completion of a successful interview. LJMU also accepts students who have obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy.

Fees information

Please contact the admissions team for details.

Financial support

How to apply

Further information

Please contact the Faculty of Science on:
0151 231 2888
fax: 0151 207 3224
web: Faculty web site

If you have any queries relating to LJMU or university life in general please contact:

Course Enquiries
tel: +44(0)151 231 5090

Please apply via the online application form

LJMU's Admissions policy is in line with the University's Equal Opportunities Policy and applications are welcome from all candidates who fulfil the entry criteria. The university has a commitment to equality of opportunity and welcomes application from everyone regardless of age, disability, race or sex. The University is committed to widening participation and therefore will actively consider applicants who do not have a relevant degree but who are able to provide satisfactory evidence of their knowledge in the area. All applicants will be considered by the Recruitment and Selection Panel, if shortlisted applicants will be asked to attend for an interview.

International students

LJMU offers an extensive support system through its international office and study centre. An equivalence to the normal entry requirements is needed for entry. Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example with an IELTS tests or equivalent. Please note that because of UK visa restrictions, International students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis. Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting for more information and advice.

Please Note: The University reserves the right to cancel, suspend or modify in any way the information contained in this leaflet.

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