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About Pharmacy at Faculty of Science, University of Strathclyde

Research opportunities

This degree responds to an identified need for more NHS pharmacists to engage in research linked to their professional and practice role in areas where a PhD research programme may not be the most appropriate qualification.

The DPharm fits with all areas of the practice of pharmacy including hospital clinical pharmacy, technical services and community pharmacy practice. The programme aims to develop, strengthen and enhance pharmacy research and help to build the credibility of pharmacy as a research focussed profession.

This course is suitable for pharmacists who already have some research experience and wish to enhance their research skills and experience.

Course structure

The course is either a minimum of three years full-time or four years part-time study.

One third of the course is taught and two thirds is research-based. The taught classes are:

  • Clinical skills
  • Research skills including health service skills & protocol design
  • Literature review

When does teaching begin?

The teaching will take place in the academic year starting at the beginning of October each year.

If you're undertaking the course on a full-time basis all the taught classes will take place in the first year of the course. For part-time students this will take 18 months. The taught classes must be passed to proceed to the research element.

Can I get credit for previous learning?

This may be awarded on an individual basis at the point of application. Any recognised prior learning must be ratified by the Board of Study. Credit for prior leaning may only be awarded in blocks of 60 credits (60, 120 or 180). Only under exceptional circumstances will a student be awarded 180 credits for prior learning.

Will the minimum duration of study be reduced if I get credit for prior learning?

There may be a reduction in the minimum duration of study if credit is given for prior learning but this will be awarded on an individual basis following application and discussion between the DPharm course organiser and the head of Institute. This must also be ratified by the Faculty of Science Board of Study.

What is the final assessment?

Once you have completed all the taught elements and the research, you'll submit a thesis which will be sent to an external examiner (outwith the University of Strathclyde) and an internal examiner (within Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, who is GPhC registered). You'll be called for an oral exam in which you'll defend your thesis and the work that it contains. The examiners will make the decision on whether you should be awarded the qualification.


How will I know if my proposed project will be suitable for a DPharm?

On application you'll be asked to submit your research idea. This can then be discussed with a potential supervisor. Alternatively you can discuss research ideas informally with a potential supervisor before application.

If I have no project idea but want to do the DPharm will you allocate me a suitable project?

The DPharm is linked to your professional practice so it's expected that when you apply you'll have a suitable project idea. Staff at the university may have ideas to help you develop your practice.

What does the research involve?

The research in the DPharm must be linked to professional practice and should normally be undertaken at your place of work. It should be related to the role you have as a pharmacist. Areas of research that may be suitable include clinical practice in hospital or community pharmacy, technical services or a combination of both. This is not an exhaustive list and if you are interested in studying for a DPharm and have an idea for research then you should contact Dr Boyter for further information.

Your research must original and at doctoral level that is suitable for publication in a quality research journal.

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