Dissertation Topics Clinical Pharmacy Manager


Degree awarded
Master of Science
MSc 3 years PT, PGDip 2 years PT
Entry requirements

We require an honours degree in pharmacy (minimum Lower Second or equivalent).

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

100 places (including 40 for the blended route)

How to apply

All applicants need to complete and submit our online application form .

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course overview

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For entry in the academic year beginning September 2018, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £2,925 in year 1 and 2, £3900 in year 3
    International students (per annum): £5,400 in year 1 and 2, £7200 in year 3
  • PGDip (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £2,925 per annum
    International students (per annum): £5,400 in year 1 and 2, £7200 in year 3

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are fixed for international students, for the course duration at the year of entry).

For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees .

Always contact the department via  pgtaught.pharmacy@manchester.ac.uk if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require an honours degree in pharmacy (minimum Lower Second or equivalent).

English language

Students whose first language is not English require a minimum of one of the following:

  • IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in writing;
  • paper-based TOEFL of 575 or computer-based TOEFL of 230 with 6.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE);
  • internet-based TOEFL of 90 with a minimum of 22 in each component.

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Relevant work experience

You must be employed in a patient-facing capacity while taking the course. You need to be practising pharmacy in an environment where you are routinely able to apply your clinical skills through direct patient care.

Professional entry qualification

You must be registered as a pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council or the equivalent regulatory authority in your home country.

Other entry requirements

As this is an online course, you must have access to a computer with fast and reliable internet connection. You must also have the ability to:

  • navigate Blackboard learning management system to locate teaching and learning materials and to access and submit assessments (with initial basic training);
  • work efficiently with Word and PowerPoint;
  • use the internet to search websites;
  • navigate e-learning programmes;
  • download PDF learning materials;
  • use video and audio equipment to undertake some assessments.

Application and selection

How to apply

If more than 100 applications are received each year (or more than 40 for the blended route), you will be asked to submit a 500-word summary of your pharmacy experience to date, reasons for wishing to undertake the course and how your future career path will be enhanced by undertaking the course.

Fitness to practise / health requirements

See the HEOPS standards of medical fitness to train guidance (PDF, 95KB) for more information.


Applications for deferred entry (one year maximum) are accepted provided the applicant meets both the academic and non-academic requirements at the point of entry. 

Course details

Course description


Special features

Teaching and learning

Coursework and assessment

Course content for year 1

You will study four core units to build your clinical, problem-solving and critical appraisal skills.

  • Foundations of Clinical Pharmacy
  • Medicines Optimisation and Therapeutics 1
  • Medicines Optimisation and Therapeutics 2
  • Evidence Based Practice

Course content for year 2

You will choose four optional units from the following:

  • Mental Health
  • Paediatrics
  • Specialist Medicines Optimisation and Therapeutics
  • Sexual Health and Reproductive Services
  • Cancer Awareness, Detection and Screening Services
  • Population Screening and Weight Management
  • Substance Use and Misuse Services
  • Introduction to Pharmacy Public Health Services
  • Education and Training
  • Leadership and Management
  • Health Economics
  • Research Methods
  • Surgery

Course content for year 3

A choice of research dissertation is offered, based upon your research aspirations and opportunities in your workplace.

Course unit details

This course can be tailored to meet the needs of your own career goals through a range of optional course units in the second year and choice of research dissertation in the final year.

The course consists of four compulsory course units in Year 1, four optional course units from a choice of 12 in Year 2, and a research project in Year 3.

You can mix and match units in year 2 to graduate with a degree that suits your career ambitions:

  • PGCert/PGDip Clinical Pharmacy: Four compulsory Year 1 course units plus any four optional year 2 course units.
  • PGDip Clinical and Public Health Pharmacy: Four compulsory Year 1 course units plus the Public Health Foundations unit, two optional Public Health Year 2 course units and any other Year 2 course unit.
  • PGDip Clinical Pharmacy with Independent Prescribing: Four compulsory Year 1 course units plus any two optional year 2 course units and the two Independent Prescribing course units.

To progress into research through the MSc year (Year 3), take any of the above pathways but opt for Research Methods as an optional unit.

You can choose to undertake the Independent Prescribing course units in either Semester 1 or Semester 2 of Year 2. If you wish to study for your Independent Prescribing qualification as part of this course, you must meet the entrance requirements and be successful in your application for a place before you can undertake these units. See the Independent Prescribing page for more information.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.


Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .

CPD opportunities

You can take any of the following units as a standalone course for continuing professional development (CPD):

These units are delivered via the same method used on the full course. After completing two CPD units, you will be invited to apply for a postgraduate qualification (PGCert, PGDip or MSc). If you apply for a postgraduate qualification after completion of CPD units, you must complete the relevant core units.

If you take a standalone CPD unit, you must re-apply if you want to undertake a postgraduate qualification within three years of starting your first CPD unit. You then have up to five years to complete the qualification.

Please contact us for further information.


Career opportunities

Accrediting organisations

The content of this course is accredited by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS).

Associated organisations

Our course has strong links with the teaching hospitals in and around Manchester.

Many specialist and expert pharmacists contribute to the teaching to create a truly contemporary and progressive course.

  • Develop your clinical, leadership and research skills while working as a pharmacist thanks to our part-time distance and blended learning options.
  • Mix and match course units to tailor learning to suit your own career goals.
  • Study at a university ranked 6th in the UK and 14th in the world for pharmacy and pharmacology (QS World University Rankings 2017).
  • Our course is one of only a handful of courses that is accredited by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society as a Foundation School.
  • Open up a new career in pharmacy or go into research upon completion of this course.

Our professionally recognised MSc/PGDip Clinical Pharmacy course and offers a mix of clinical, applied practice, public health and research units, giving you the knowledge and skills to be an excellent clinical pharmacist.

You will also cover applied practice topics including health economics, public health, pharmacy practice research, training others and organisational influences on healthcare.

If you want to undertake research, you will be supported by one of our leading academic researchers to undertake a small-scale clinical research project to complete the MSc award.

Following four compulsory units in Year 1, you can choose from 12 units in Year 2 to tailor the course to your own interests.

There are two learning routes to suit pharmacists in all patient-facing roles and with differing work demands.

Distance learning

This is a completely online route and allows you to study from home at times convenient to you, which is ideal for international students, shift workers and those based outside the Manchester area.

Interactive online learning supplemented by webinars will enhance your skills in optimising drug therapy and clinical problem-solving. This route is open to pharmacists in any patient-facing role.

Blended learning

This route consists of seven study days per year and interactive online learning that will enhance your clinical knowledge, teaching you to optimise drug therapy and develop your problem-solving skills.

You need to be in a patient-facing role and will need both a suitable work environment and work-based tutor. Study days are mandatory.

This route is generally aimed at Band 6 and 7 pharmacists who are seeking to develop within the NHS.

Both routes are open to qualified pharmacists who would like to develop their clinical skills and enhance their practice.


The content of this course is accredited by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS). We are an RPS Foundation School and are recognised by the RPS for our commitment to pursuing and promoting quality and excellence within the profession.

By working towards foundation level practice, you may be awarded a certificate of professional recognition, which is highly sought after by employers.

This course aims to help you develop:

  • advanced knowledge and understanding of the management of a range of acute and chronic conditions;
  • skills in medicines optimisation and the ability to communicate with a range of healthcare professionals to promote the appropriate use of medicines;
  • skills in the critical evaluation of a range of health services literature.

Apply your knowledge to work

The content of this course has been written by clinical experts with a focus on workplace application.

Varied unit options

This course can be tailored to meet the needs of your own career goals through a range of optional course units in the second year and choice of research dissertation in the final year. We offer a selection of 16 learning units, including unique optional units such as paediatrics, mental health, public health and leadership.

Develop research skills

You will have the opportunity to conduct master's-level research within a university ranked number 1 for research power in pharmacy within the UK in the national Research Excellence Framework (UoA3 REF 2014).

The course uses a range of teaching and learning approaches, including:

  • the Blackboard learning management system
  • e-lectures, podcasts and webinars
  • online discussion forums and wikis
  • e-journals.

Blended or online learning?

We offer both blended and distance learning study options to suit your own location and circumstances.

All students will benefit from:

  • shared learning content online;
  • content mapped against the RPS Foundation Practice Framework;
  • mixed assessment methods;
  • access to expert academic staff and clinical teachers.

Blended learning students will benefit from:

  • study days at the University;
  • a workplace tutor and workplace-based learning;
  • RPS Foundation Recognition.

Distance learning students will benefit from:

  • study webinars;
  • academic advisors;
  • access to materials to pursue RPS Recognition.

We use a range of assessments that allow you to demonstrate your clinical knowledge and skills in medicines optimisation and critical analysis.

We use a variety of formative and summative assessments including online quizzes and exams, participation in online discussion boards, patient case studies and care plans, oral case presentations, professional development and clinical portfolios and research protocol.

Candidates for all three awards will need to achieve an overall mark of 50% in each course unit to progress.

The course is delivered online, which means you do not need to study in Manchester. However, our staff make full use of a range of facilities to deliver high quality learning experiences to online learners.

If you choose the blended learning route, you will attend study days in a dedicated training room at the University and have access to the varied resources and facilities on campus.

This postgraduate qualification will allow you to develop their chosen career path within the pharmacy profession by providing advanced clinical knowledge, problem-solving skills and a critical awareness of the role of pharmacy services within the healthcare system.

Optional specialist units allow you to directly align your learning with their career aspirations.

The course develops pharmacists into individuals who can improve patient care by demonstrating leadership and excellent clinical skills, which is sought-after by employers.

Research is actively promoted and further study to PhD level is possible for successful candidates. 

Patient Care Services | Practice Issues | Patient Safety | Public Health | Quality Initiatives

Patient Care Services - Disease State Management


APhA and the APhA Foundation are partnering with the American Diabetes Association to help you educate your patients about diabetes.

Patient Education - Medication Use

Patient Education Brochures
Brochures and information targeted for educating patients about their medications and the role of the pharmacist

The National Council for Patient Information and Education
One of the original patient safety coalitions, NCPIE has been working to advance the safe, appropriate use of medicines through enhanced communication since 1982.

Medication Use Safety Training (MUST) for Seniors™ Program
A national education awareness campaign for older adults and caregivers

Practice Issues

Professional Resources

Documents on Professionalism

Code of Ethics
Oath of the Pharmacist

Practice Guidance Documents

Principles of Practice for Pharmaceutical Care
Pharmacy Practice Activity Classification (pdf)
Pharmacy Profession Consensus Definition of Medication Therapy Management (pdf)
Core Elements of an MTM Service (pdf)
Medication Therapy Management Services: A Critical Review (Executive Summary Report from The Lewin Group) (pdf)

Workplace Issues

Improving the quality of your practice environment is a top priority for APhA. Members have told us that administrative third party payment burdens, additional training, more and new technology, better equipped pharmacy technicians, and additional manpower are some of the biggest challenges faced in practice. Areas of this section provide information that may assist you as you look for ways to solve these challenges in your practice.

Pharmacist Workforce Center
The Pharmacy Manpower Project sponsors the National Demand Index, a monthly report on the state-by-state demand for pharmacists.

Stepping Stone Summits: Pharmacy Technicians (pdf)
In 1992, APhA in collaboration with several other pharmacy organizations, hosted a “Stepping Stones” conference that brought together pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and technician educators to develop recommendations on how best to utilize, train, educate, and regulate the pharmacy technicians who play a vital role in the practice of pharmacy.

Patient Safety

Pharmacists have a very important role in the prevention of medication errors, from developing safe medication distribution systems to working with patients to assure optimal medication use.

Video PSAs for Patients

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality offers a series of three public service announcements to encourage health care consumers to get safer care by using pill cards to track medications, understanding discharge instructions, and inviting patient advocates to appointments.

Watch a video PSA:  Keep Track of Your Medicines | Tips for Going Home from the Hospital | Bring a Health Advocate to Appointments

Medication Safety Reports

The Institute of Medicine has published several landmark reports on Patient Safety:


Report a Medication Error

Medication errors can be reported in a voluntary, anonymous format to either of the following organizations

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Public Health

Pharmacy professionals have a valuable role in the nation's public health, as one of the most accessible health care providers. This section focuses on important public health-related topics.

Health Literacy

Significant problems can occur when patients are unable to read and/or understand important information about taking medications properly. Assessing a patient's literacy level is an important component in providing medication therapy management services. APhA is a member of the Partnership for Clear Health Communication, a coalition that has developed resources for health care providers and patients to address health literacy issues.


  • Pharmacist Immunization Center - Pharmacists in all 50 states are authorized to administer immunizations under collaborative practice agreements with physicians. Pharmacists in all practice settings also play an important role in educating patients about immunizations. APhA’s Pharmacist Immunization Center contains valuable, up-to-date information about providing immunization services. Visit the Center to learn more about how APhA is positioning pharmacists to excel as immunizers.

Substance Abuse

APhA Pharmacy Recovery Program APhA's Pharmacy Recovery Program, established in 1982, fosters the development and strengthening of state and campus level programs to assist pharmacists and student pharmacists whose competence has been compromised by the disease of chemical dependency or by other causes.

Syringe Disposal

  • Coalition for Safe Community Needle Disposal - The Safe Community Needle Disposal Coalition contains information on proper needle disposal. Improper disposal of used syringes and needles in the trash presents a public health hazard to workers in the waste removal and hotel industries and individuals who may be inadvertently exposed to a used needle.

Quality Initiatives

Delivering high quality medication therapy management and distributive services is important for achieving optimal medication therapy outcomes. Outcomes measures to measure pharmacist and pharmacy performance are emerging in tandem with measures for other health care providers for the care they deliver.


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