Pharmacy Practice with Research Project MSc

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

This course is eligible for Master's loan funding. Find out more.

Start date

23 September 2019

Duration

1 year full-time

Places available (subject to change)

10

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 473867

About the course

This course is suitable if you are an overseas pharmacist who is currently practising in your respective country and want to enhance your clinical and research expertise and gain hands-on experience of pharmacy practice research in the UK.

This degree offers a unique blend of knowledge and training with hands-on experience adapted for the most popular career pathways in the pharmacy profession. As part of the course you will carry out a pharmacy practice research project in improving the global practice of pharmacy under the supervision of experienced academics.

Course detail

Essentials of Clinical Pharmacy Practice

This module introduces students to the practice of pharmacy, the role of the pharmacist in society and their role as a member of the healthcare team and highlights issues related to ‘Health and Illness’. Students are introduced to the dispensing of medicines with respect to the underpinning skills, pharmaceutical legislation and ethics. Students will be introduced to the concept of self-care and the process of differential diagnosis with emphasis on the treatment of minor self-limiting illnesses such as coughs and colds. The needs of patients with acute and chronic disease will also be studied. Simulated experience in dispensary will provide students a real-life simulated environment to become familiar with the practice of pharmacy in UK.

Applied Therapeutics 1

This module will focus on the application of an integrated knowledge base to inform decision-making and problem-solving of issues regarding pharmaceutical care of individual patients. It will have a strong focus on problem solving and pharmaceutical care planning whilst also introducing a variety of therapeutic areas and their management. Students will develop and apply their clinical pharmacy and critical evaluation skills to a variety of patient cases and commonly encountered scenarios.

International Practice and Policy

This module provides students an in-depth understanding of international practice and policies underpinning the practice of pharmacy around the world and critically appraises the differences in practices in developed world to those in low and middle-income countries. Students will also appreciate pharmacoeconomics underlying introduction of a new drugs and treatments, pharmacovigilance, and economic evaluation of community and hospital pharmacy services. The module also provides and overview of information sources used in international pharmacy practice and in-depth appreciation of systemic reviews and meta-analysis.

Formulation Design and Development

The aim of this module is to provide an in-depth appreciation of all the stages from new drug identification to bringing a drug to the market and beyond, with an emphasis on biotechnology-based products. It is divided into two integrated streams, the first being drug design. You will gain a critical appreciation of drug design and methods of discovery. Drug development will include pre-clinical, clinical and post-marketing surveillance aspects. The incorporation of advanced drug delivery strategies into current practice and future directions will be covered in detail. You will be expected to integrate and apply their knowledge and skills in the development of their own formulation supported by representatives from the pharmaceutical industry, and should be able to test the quality and performance of developed formulation in the laboratory.

Drug Design and Development

An introduction to pharmacogenomics will be extended to an in-depth appreciation on how genetic variations are inherited and can be applied to pharmacogenomic analysis, i.e. how genetic variations affect human drug response and how this area will become an essential component in developing new medicines. The module will also explore the application of biomarkers to stratified or personalised medicine. Both pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics influences of drugs will be covered, such as inter-patient variation in the expression of drug metabolising and activating enzymes; as well as differences in the expression of drug targets such as receptors, genes, enzymes and growth factors. Biometric analysis such as bioinformatics will be explored through the understanding of the development of the Human Genome Project (HGP) and its relevance to ‘-omic’ technologies (genomics, proteomics, and transcriptomics). In addition, different model systems that are used to identify and develop biomarkers and drug target identification will be covered. The module will use a series of lectures, workshops and tutorials to encompass these topics and areas of learning. This will involve several expert lectures including external consultants and scientists.

Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice

The module builds on learning from Essentials of Clinical Pharmacy Practice and provides students with knowledge and skills to deliver pharmaceutical care and to apply their knowledge to patient care. This module provides the basic components of clinical evaluation of prescriptions and patients by covering long term conditions and complex prescriptions. The module includes consultation and prescribing skills, provision of MURs, medicines reconciliation, emergency care, and palliative care. The veterinary and alternative therapies are also featured in this module.

Applied Therapeutics 2

This module will continue building knowledge developed in Applied Therapeutics -1 and focuses on the application of an integrated knowledge base to inform decision-making and problem-solving of issues regarding pharmaceutical care of individual patients. It will have a strong focus on problem solving and pharmaceutical care planning whilst also introducing a variety of therapeutic areas and their management. Students will develop and apply their clinical pharmacy and critical evaluation skills to a variety of patient cases and commonly encountered scenarios.

Research Methods in Pharmacy Practice

Pharmacy practice is rapidly transforming and it is vital for students, practitioners and academic researchers to understand and employ techniques and methodologies but also to champion, nurture and develop the field. This module provides students with an in-depth understanding of contemporary methodologies in pharmacy practice research. It includes range of quantitative, qualitative, action research and mixed methods employed in pharmacy practice research in the modern era.

Pharmacy Practice Research Project

This module includes a major piece of research in pharmacy practice and therefore integrates learning across various modules in the course. The module will highlight the concepts, philosophy and ethos of using research to provide evidence of best practice. Students will be offered projects related to the research of the academic staff and/or of pharmacy practitioners working in collaboration with staff on a variety of pharmacy practice aspects. Students will gain an appreciation of the use of literature searching and how their review of this literature generates and consolidates a hypothesis. Students will design their research study, collect their own data, and provide their own interpretation to generate a discussion of their results. This will be submitted in the form of a written report. In addition, students will present their work in a conference style oral presentation.

The Pharmacy Practice Suite offers similar modules in term 1 and 2 to teach the concepts of clinical pharmacy practice and allow an option in second term to specialise in research methodologies employed in pharmacy practice. The course leads to a 60 credit research module over the summer which shall provide you hands-on experience in pharmacy practice research. You will be offered a project related to the research expertise of the academic staff and/or pharmacy practitioners working in collaboration with our staff on a variety of pharmacy practice aspects, highlighting the concepts, philosophy and ethos of using research to provide evidence to inform the future practice.

The course will take one year full time, starting September every year, and will comprise standard terms for most of the modules. You will undertake three 15-credit modules in Term 1 and 2 along with two 15-credit modules that shall run through Term 1 and 2 both. This will lead to the Pharmacy Practice Research Project module (60 credits) undertaken over the summer. This will provide the time and space needed to complete an extensive piece of research in pharmacy practice. You will therefore earn 120 credits after the first two terms and then earn a further 60 credits over the summer leading to a full MSc award (180 credits).

You will gain significant practical experience and confidence whilst studying on this course as you will be exposed to simulated and real-life situations.

You will also be shown how to use various IT resources in a pharmacy, and various clinical information resources used in a clinical practice.You will also have access to online resources on academic/scientific writing and additional support from Academic Skills Tutors if required.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • A minimum of a second class honours degree in Pharmacy or its international equivalent
  • Current registration with the relevant regulatory authority to practice as a Pharmacist in any jurisdiction
  • A letter confirming good standing from a relevant body under which you have worked, prior to your application
  • At least 3-months relevant work experience before starting the course

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 6.0, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

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