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Master of Pharmacy (MPharm)

The RCSI School of Pharmacy offers a new, fully integrated five-year degree programme leading to the award of MPharm. This new programme is accredited to date by the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) - The Pharmacy Regulator. Upon completion of the MPharm, graduates will be fully qualified to apply to register as a pharmacist in Ireland and throughout the EU. The MPharm will also act as a platform for professional pharmacy registration in other geographies and is recognised by the Pharmacy Board of Malaysia.

Features of the RCSI MPharm:

  • Small, culturally diverse classes: MPharm classes contain approximately 70 students per year of which 30% are international students. This diversity offers a unique global perspective and is reflective of the patient populations graduates will ultimately seek to serve.

  • Integrated taught and experiential curriculum: The MPharm degree is delivered over five years, with two semesters per year. Each semester is divided into modules, and the curriculum is delivered using an integrated systems-based teaching approach. The teaching is, supported by student placements in the hospital, community or industrial pharmacy settings. This fully integrated teaching approach enables students to apply the knowledge gained in the classroom and while on professional practice placements to ensure that the student is fully prepared to deliver optimal patient care after graduation.

  • Focus on learning outcomes: Upon entry to the programme students are first introduced to core scientific and professional principles. As their educational journey through the MPharm programme progresses, the student’s curriculum focuses on successive learning outcomes to produce a competent, reflective and patient focused pharmacist, ready for pharmacy practice in all professional domains.

  • Focus on professional development: RCSI’s MPharm programme produces graduates who are committed to lifelong learning, which is a requirement for the effective and safe provision of pharmacist delivered patient care.

  • Bed-side teaching: The clinical pharmacy faculty within the RCSI Hospital’s Group and at clinical partner sites provides structured bed-side teaching to support and drive attainment of learning outcomes.

  • International electives: Students have the opportunity to travel to the University of Lorraine (France) through the Erasmus programme or to apply to participate in a range of international electives including the US and China.

  • Practice makes perfect: The programme includes experiential learning opportunities, for example, internships which allow students to practice professional skills under the guidance of an experienced pharmacy practitioner, within the community, the hospital or the industrial pharmacy settings.

  • Career focus: Upon successful completion of the MPharm programme, graduates can register with the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland and enter professional pharmacy practice as very well equipped pharmacists, ready to respond effectively to the opportunities and challenges modern healthcare delivery brings.

 

The programme, as minimum, produces pharmacy graduates who have the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours to meet the Core Competency Framework for Pharmacists to be prepared for patient-centred pharmacy practice in all pharmacy settings.  

Tuition fees will be State-funded for the first four years of the programme for students who satisfy the free fees criteria. A tuition fee will, however, have to be paid by all students for the fifth year of this programme. The estimated tuition fee for the fifth year will be €9,000.

Students are required to complete the MPharm programme and graduate in no more than seven academic years following commencement. Students may only repeat two academic years in total during the MPharm subject to programme conditions.

For further information on the MPharm programme at RCSI, including unique features of the course and possible career opportunities, please view the following video: Choose MPharm at RCSI 

If you are interested in applying, or would like further information, please visit study with us or contact the Admissions team directly at admissions@rcsi.ie.