Pharmacy Practice in the Republic of Ireland

2020/21 Part-time Postgraduate Short course and CPD

Faculty:

Faculty of Life and Health Sciences

School:

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Campus:

Coleraine campus

Credit points:

10

Start date:

25 January 2021

For full instructions on how to apply for postgraduate short courses, please contact the Centre for Flexible and Continuing Education - FlexEd@ulster.ac.uk

Overview

This course provides understanding of the legislative and practice requirements, relating to the practice of pharmacy in the Republic of Ireland.

Summary

This course provides participants with a comprehensive understanding of the legislative and practice requirements, and the organisational structures within which they will be working, for the practice of pharmacy in the Republic of Ireland.

This course is likely to be undertaken by registered pharmacists who have not previously worked in the Republic of Ireland but are considering a move to practise there, and will provide an overview of the healthcare system in which pharmacy operates. It does not infer, and has no impact on, the ability to register as a pharmacist.

This course can be taken individually or combined over a period of time towards a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development


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About this course

About

By the end of this course, particpants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to critically appraise and apply legislative requirements governing the practice of pharmacy in the Republic of Ireland.
  • Identify, evaluate, compare and critically appraise the roles of the pharmacist in the North and Republic of Ireland.
  • Possess a comprehensive knowledge of how a graduate from out with the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland’s jurisdiction can register and practice there.
  • Demonstrate good professional practice, working competently with good communication and IT skills.

Online lecture content is designed to align with UNESCO Sustainable Development Goal 3 by providing participants with an understanding of how pharmacy is conducted in another political entitity, thereby contributing to good health and well being as well as providing for management of healthcare resource in a sustainable manner.

Online lectures cover:

  • Irish Law
  • History of pharmacy in Ireland
  • The Pharmacy Act 2007
  • Pharmacy Act - regulations and rules
  • Registration and Licensing of medicines • Labelling
  • Supply classification
  • Prescriptions
  • Control of supply
  • Controlled drugs
  • Pharmacists liability

This course is likely to be undertaken by registered pharmacists who have not previously worked in the Republic of Ireland but are considering a move to practise there, and will provide an overview of the healthcare system in which pharmacy operates. It does not infer, and has no impact on, the ability to register as a pharmacist.

Linked programmes

MPharm (Hons) Pharmacy, PgCertPD Professional Development

Assessment

100% Coursework - Presentation - A piece of work of which will analyse and evaluate the main legislative and ethical differences under which a pharmacist practices in the Republic of Ireland compared to the North. This will be uploaded by the participants onto BBLearn in an audio visual format.

Attendance

This course is delivered fully online for 8 weeks starting 25 January 2021 with no on-campus attendance requirements.

Entry requirements

Any undergraduate degree.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the minimum English entrance requirements of the University and will need to provide recent evidence of this (certified within the last two years).

Most of our courses require a minimum English level of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score under 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement.

Please see details of the English language qualifications and certificates we can accept - https://www.ulster.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/177404/Other-english-language-tests-and-qualifications-2017.pdf

International applicants will also require a short-term study visa. Further information is available at https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/visa-immigration

Start dates

  • 25 January 2021
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    Content

    The content for each course is summarised on the relevant course page, along with an overview of the modules that make up the course.

    Each course is approved by the University and meets the expectations of:

    Attendance and Independent Study

    As part of your course induction, you will be provided with details of the organisation and management of the course, including attendance and assessment requirements - usually in the form of a timetable. For full-time courses, the precise timetable for each semester is not confirmed until close to the start date and may be subject to some change in the early weeks as all courses settle into their planned patterns. For part-time courses which require attendance on particular days and times, an expectation of the days and periods of attendance will be included in the letter of offer. A course handbook is also made available.

    Courses comprise modules for which the notional effort involved is indicated by its credit rating. Each credit point represents 10 hours of student effort. Undergraduate courses typically contain 10- or 20-credit modules (more usually 20) and postgraduate course typically 15- or 30-credit modules.

    The normal study load expectation for an undergraduate full-time course of study in the standard academic year is 120 credit points. This amounts to around 36-42 hours of expected teaching and learning per week, inclusive of attendance requirements for lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical work, fieldwork or other scheduled classes, private study, and assessment. Part-time study load is the same as full-time pro-rata, with each credit point representing 10 hours of student effort.

    Postgraduate Master’s courses typically comprise 180 credits, taken in three semesters when studied full-time. A Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) comprises 60 credits and can usually be completed on a part-time basis in one year. A 120-credit Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) can usually be completed on a part-time basis in two years.

    Class contact times vary by course and type of module. Typically, for a module predominantly delivered through lectures you can expect at least 3 contact hours per week (lectures/seminars/tutorials). Laboratory classes often require a greater intensity of attendance in blocks. Some modules may combine lecture and laboratory. The precise model will depend on the course you apply for and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. Prospective students will be consulted about any significant changes.

    Assessment

    Assessment methods vary and are defined explicitly in each module. Assessment can be a combination of examination and coursework but may also be only one of these methods. Assessment is designed to assess your achievement of the module’s stated learning outcomes. You can expect to receive timely feedback on all coursework assessment. The precise assessment will depend on the module and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

    Coursework can take many forms, for example: essay, report, seminar paper, test, presentation, dissertation, design, artefacts, portfolio, journal, group work. The precise form and combination of assessment will depend on the course you apply for and the module. Details will be made available in advance through induction, the course handbook, the module specification and the assessment timetable. The details are subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

    Normally, a module will have 4 learning outcomes, and no more than 2 items of assessment. An item of assessment can comprise more than one task. The notional workload and the equivalence across types of assessment is standardised.

    Calculation of the Final Award

    The class of Honours awarded in Bachelor’s degrees is usually determined by calculation of an aggregate mark based on performance across the modules at Levels 5 and 6, (which correspond to the second and third year of full-time attendance).

    Level 6 modules contribute 70% of the aggregate mark and Level 5 contributes 30% to the calculation of the class of the award. Classification of integrated Master’s degrees with Honours include a Level 7 component. The calculation in this case is: 50% Level 7, 30% Level 6, 20% Level 5. At least half the Level 5 modules must be studied at the University for Level 5 to be included in the calculation of the class.

    All other qualifications have an overall grade determined by results in modules from the final level of study. In Master’s degrees of more than 200 credit points the final 120 points usually determine the overall grading.

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The University employs over 1,000 suitably qualified and experienced academic staff - 59% have PhDs in their subject field and many have professional body recognition.

Courses are taught by staff who are Professors (25%), Readers, Senior Lecturers (18%) or Lecturers (57%).

We require most academic staff to be qualified to teach in higher education: 82% hold either Postgraduate Certificates in Higher Education Practice or higher. Most academic staff (81%) are accredited fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) - the university sector professional body for teaching and learning. Many academic and technical staff hold other professional body designations related to their subject or scholarly practice.

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    The profiles of many academic staff can be found on the University’s departmental websites and give a detailed insight into the range of staffing and expertise. The precise staffing for a course will depend on the department(s) involved and the availability and management of staff. This is subject to change annually and is confirmed in the timetable issued at the start of the course.

    Occasionally, teaching may be supplemented by suitably qualified part-time staff (usually qualified researchers) and specialist guest lecturers. In these cases, all staff are inducted, mostly through our staff development programme ‘First Steps to Teaching’. In some cases, usually for provision in one of our out-centres, Recognised University Teachers are involved, supported by the University in suitable professional development for teaching.

    Figures correct for academic year 2019-2020.

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Start dates

  • 25 January 2021

Fees and funding

Prices

Northern Ireland & EU: £337.80

England, Scotland, Wales and the Islands: £337.80

International: £804.50

Fees information

Information about how to pay for a course including different payment options is available at

https://www.ulster.ac.uk/finance/student/tuition-fees-payments

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Contact

Email: FlexEd@ulster.ac.uk

Telephone: (+44) 028 9036 6680

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Faculty of Life and Health Sciences

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

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