Advanced Pharmacy Practice

Robert Gordon University


This is a career-enhancing course that will equip you with the necessary knowledge, skills, attitude and competencies required for effective advanced pharmacy practice. The Pharmacist Independent Prescribing qualification is incorporated in the diploma stage.

Stage 1 - 37 weeks, Jan – Aug

The first two modules are common and are studied concurrently providing a strong foundation. Pharmaceutical Care Planning (30 credits) focuses on the development and implementation of evidence-based pharmaceutical care plans for patients and Therapeutics (30 credits) covers a wide-range of therapeutic topics.

You can exit after Stage 1 with PgCert Advanced Pharmacy Practice

(stage 2) - 48 WEEKS, Sep - June

You will complete 60 credits – 30 of which will be Pharmacist Independent Prescribing with a compulsory 5-day residential period at RGU in Aberdeen. On completion of this module Pharmacists will be eligible for annotation as Pharmacist Independent Prescribers by the General Pharmaceutical Council.

You will also choose two additional 15 credit modules from 7 offered. Some of these will be studied with postgraduate students from the School of Nursing and Midwifery:
Prescribing Decision Making (15 credits); Clinical Practice Elective (Pharmacy) (15 credits); Advanced Therapeutics and Personalised Medicine (15 credits); Safety and Quality in Medicine Use (15 credits); Managing Long Term Conditions (15 credits); Advanced Concepts of Improving Health and Wellbeing (15 credits); Clinical History Taking and Examination Skills for Advanced Practice (15 credits). This module requires 1 week attendance at RGU.

You can exit after Stage 2 with PgDip Advanced Pharmacy Practice

Stage 3 - WEEKS, July - April

You will undertake an MSc by portfolio in the Advanced Pharmacy Practice module (60 credits). The content is mapped to relevant professional development frameworks enabling you to develop the relevant knowledge, skills, attitudes and competencies required for effective advanced pharmacy practice.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have an 2:2 undergraduate honours degree in Pharmacy from a UK university, and two years post-registration relevant work experience* OR
An integrated Master’s degree in Pharmacy (MPharm), and two years post-registration relevant work experience*

Additionally, applicants must be registered as a Pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland.

*Relevant work experience is considered that which is patient facing.

Start Date



Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning
Part time (day)

Course Length

2 years + 1 week virtual residential


School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences

SCQF Level



Career Area

Health and Medicine

Career Sectors

Alternative Medicine

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