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

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Course overview

The MSc / PgDip / PgCert in Clinical Pharmacy has evolved from the amalgamation of the enthusiasm and expertise which has been generated over the years in the University and in local hospital pharmacy departments. The course is offered as a linked Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc.  

The overall aim of the programme is to provide foundation level education and training to serve as the base for successful and responsible careers in clinical pharmacy (which may subsequently include Royal Pharmaceutical Society Faculty membership). These clinical pharmacists will be equipped to effectively promote and assess clinical pharmacy services, making evidence based recommendations for development, which will directly benefit the organisations and patients they serve. 

The University operates all of its programmes on a modular basis.  There are two intakes offered each year, in September and January and students can enroll with the MSc, PgDip or PgCert as their target award. Applications for the MSc from students that already hold a PgDip from a UK university (top-up) are welcome and can be considered at any time.  The Postgraduate Certificate component extends over one year (part time). The Postgraduate Diploma component of the course extends over two years (part time). Completion of the final element of the Master of Science qualification can be normally completed in twelve months to two years.   

Students can initially enrol for the PgCert or PgDip through the University’s Credit Accumulation and Transfer System (CATS). Credits obtained can be carried forward and transferred to the next award in the linked programme.  The CATS system allows students to enrol for the MSc having obtained a PgDip in Clinical Pharmacy from LJMU or an equivalent PgDip from another University. For further details, please refer to the Entry Requirements section of this Factfile. The programme is suitable for pharmacists working in the secondary care environment.

Teaching for the programme will adopt a blended learning approach including recommended reading, short recorded lectures, on-line quizzes, seminars, workshops and workplace-based learning.  In addition to LJMU staff, expert practitioners within the region will continue to be involved in the delivery of the programme.

At the heart of the course is the requirement for the students to produce and maintain a portfolio of clinical practice and personal development.  Each module will involve formative and / or summative assessments, which will contribute to this portfolio or draw on its content.

Each student will be assigned both a practice-based tutor (PBT) from their hospital trust and a clinical liaison tutor (CLT) from LJMU.  The University provides initial and ongoing training of PBTs.  At MSc level, the Research Project is undertaken in the student’s workplace under the supervision of local and University supervisors.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments are associated with each module. The two clinical practice modules also have competency requirements associated with them, which need to be achieved in order to pass the modules. As students successfully complete assessments they accumulate the appropriate credits. For the Master of Science Research Project Module students must submit a research project report. All assessments are moderated by an external examiner. Students whose overall performance 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.

To find out more, read out brochure or go to:

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.

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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.

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

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 take 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


6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)


58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)

Entry requirements

Students will be graduates in Pharmacy and currently working in a pharmacy setting within reasonable travelling distance from the University to facilitate work based visits and attendance at study days.

On completion of the application form, students may be invited for interview, prior to admission to the course.

For direct entry to the MSc, the University also accepts applications from students who have obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy from other institutions. 

MSc students are not required to work within reasonable travelling distance from the University.

Further information can be obtained from:

Nicola Urquhart
Postgraduate Programme Administrator
School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences
Liverpool John Moores University
Byrom Street Liverpool L3 3AF
Tel: 0151 231 2248
Fax: 0151 231 2170

Course Leader:
Dr Adam Mackridge MRPharmS
Tel: 0151 231 2261
Fax: 0151 231 2170

Fees information

Tuition fees for full-time home and EU students for the academic year 2014-2015 are £6,000.00

Financial support

Tuition fees

All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please talk to LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible:, 0151 0151 231 3153/3154.

Sources of funding

LJMU Alumni Award

Final year undergraduates and alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 15% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*).  Please go to for more details.

Postgraduate International Scholarships

LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants. For further details, go to:  

English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary

A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre ( For further details, go to:   

Earn While You Learn

Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.

LJMU’s Vacancy website ( can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships/ summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.

Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)

Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs. Go to for more details.

Employer sponsorship

Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.

Support for disabled students

Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.

Council tax exemption

All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.

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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