MSc Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice

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  • Enables graduands of the Diploma in Psychiatric Pharmacy programme to convert their Diploma to an MSc
  • Provides  the necessary critical, analytical and evaluation skills to understand the research process including ethical and risk assessment issues
  • Facilitates practice research in mental health pharmacy

Students will be normally employed by the NHS and will be on a career path of a specialist mental health pharmacist within an organisation specialising in the treatment of people with mental illness. 

International students whose first language is not English must demonstrate a satisfactory command of English language.  They should meet our minimum English language requirement by taking one of the following tests: 

  • IELTS                       Minimum requirement – 7.0 overall, 7.0 in each area 

  • TOEFL IBT               Minimum requirement - 101 overall, 26 in listening & reading, 23 in speaking and 28 in writing 

  • Pearson Academic   Minimum requirement - 72 overall, 72 in each area 

A Diploma in Psychiatric Pharmacy or equivalent is essential, with a research methods module a desirable option. For further information about the eligibility requirements please contact the course director.
Duration of programme:
Approximately 1 year part-time

Start date: April & October

Fees 2014 entry:

UK/EU students: £3100
International students: £3100

This one year research MSc in Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice is offered to graduands of the Diploma in Psychiatric Pharmacy programme.

It is a single 60 credit module which enables them to convert their Diploma (120 credits) to an MSc.(180 credits).

It aims to engage students in supervised but independently executed practice research. Students will be encouraged to integrate and apply the skills acquired during the Certificate and Diploma programmes to investigate in depth an area of clinical psychiatric pharmacy practice of specific interest to them.

The module will equip students with the necessary critical, analytical and evaluation skills necessary to understand the research process thoroughly including ethical and risk assessment issues. It provides experience of practice research and project management together with preparation for submission for publication.

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Assessment is in three parts

A research proposal: The student is required to submit a research proposal of approximately 2,000 words. This will be assessed for appropriateness of content; proposed research question and design of the study together with ethical issues; professional conduct and implications of the results. 

The project: This should demonstrate a detailed theoretical understanding and a critical appraisal of the relevant research literature. It should include an appropriate research question or hypothesis, plus suitable experimental design, execution, data handling, data analyses and interpretation in a systematic and accurate manner. The project should usually be between 10,000 and 15,000 words in length.  Included in that word limit are an abstract (maximum 300 words) and an executive summary (maximum 1500 words). Independence of thought and action within the research process and effectiveness of time keeping will all be assessed.

An oral assessment (Viva voce)

Professional accreditation

The programme is supported by the College of Mental Health Pharmacy (CMHP).

Students will develop the ability to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries in the field of psychiatric practice research.
They will:

  • Learn to communicate effectively to academics as well as students
  • Learn good writing skills and the ability to complete an ethics proposal for submission to an ethics committee
  • Develop the ability to study independently and employ good time management
Dr Ian Maidment

Dr Ian Maidment has a broad pharmacy background having spent periods in the pharmaceutical industry, the acute sector and community pharmacy. However, the majority of his career (20 years) has been within the mental health sector mainly as a clinical pharmacist. He has also been chief pharmacist in two NHS Mental Health Trusts and led medication management education in an NHS Trust. He was awarded his PhD on medication error in dementia in 2013 and has a masters in research methods. He is a past chair of the UKPPG (UK Psychiatric Pharmacy Group) - predecessor organisation of the College of Mental Health Pharmacy, has advised the Department of Health and lectured widely on aspects of Mental Health Pharmacy. He has published approximately 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Penny Delaney
Programmes administrator
Tel: 0121 204 3928
email: p.j.delaney@aston.ac.uk
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