MSc/PG Diploma/PG Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy/Community Pharmacy at Queen's University Belfast

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These guidance notes provide an outline of the next stages of the admissions procedures together with other useful information for postgraduate applicants to the School of Pharmacy - Distance Learning Programmes. 

It is important that you read the notes carefully and ensure that you take appropriate action within the deadline dates indicated in order to avoid delays in processing your application.

The notes are divided into four sections:

Section 1:
Admissions procedures for either accepting or declining an offer of a place to study at Queen's University

Section 2:
Advice on the support services available to Queen's students

Section 3:
Tuition fees and financial arrangements for 2013/14

Section 4:
A list of useful contact numbers and email addresses



1. Your Offer of Admission

The only official letter confirming your offer of admission to undertake a postgraduate programme of study is that issued by the Admissions and Access Service.

An offer of admission does not constitute an offer of financial support.  If you are not in receipt of financial support you should ensure that you are fully aware of the financial commitments and that you have the necessary resources to cover fees for the duration of your studies.

2. Before Accepting your Offer of a Place

All students must agree to confirm to the Statutes of the University:

'We, the students of Queen's University Belfast, on admission do hereby promise that we will conform to the Statutes of the University and to all regulations, rules and orders from time to time made by the authorities of the University for the proper conduct of its business and due maintenance of discipline. That we will refrain from words or acts prejudicial thereto or from any conduct or activity which conflicts with the University's policies on Equality of Opportunity (including harassment on the grounds of religious belief, political opinion, race, gender, colour, ethnic origin, sexual orientation or disability). That we will refrain from injury to the property of the University. That we will be true and faithful members of the University and will endeavour to promote its interests and studies and will not engage in any conduct liable to bring the University into disrepute.'

Prospective students should be aware of this obligation before deciding to accept the offer of a place.

3. Replying to an Offer of Admission

This is an important step in the admissions process since it enables both the Admissions and Access Service and the selector to track the progress of your application.

To accept or decline an offer of a place, you should reply online following the links through the Postgraduate Applicant Portal - as soon as possible, and no later than 14 days from receipt of your offer letter.

If you have applied and been offered a place on more than one course/programme of study, you must indicate whether you wish to accept or decline the offer against each course/programme.

Given that your final course choice may be dependent on funding and/or other factors, you may initially decide to accept more than one offer of a place.  If you initially accept a place, and subsequently wish to decline the offer, please email if you are resident outside the EU.  Candidates should email if they are resident in the UK, Republic of Ireland or other EU country.

For some high demand courses waiting lists are in operation and an early response would enable us to offer the place to another applicant.

4. Conditional Offers - Notification of Examination Results

If your offer is conditional upon the completion of a degree or other academic qualification, a degree result sheet is enclosed (UK and Republic of Ireland applicants only). This should be completed and returned to the Admissions and Access Service as soon as your results are known. 

If you are studying at a University outside the UK or the Republic of Ireland you should send your results to the Admissions and Access Service as soon as they are known.

If you do not provide this information your application cannot proceed to the next stage of the admissions cycle and you will not be notified of the registration procedures.

Applicants who subsequently fulfil the conditions of their offer of admission and who have replied online confirming they wish to accept the offer of a place, will be sent a final letter of acceptance.

5. Unconditional Offers

If you meet all the admission requirements for your chosen course of study, you will receive an unconditional offer letter which you may use as evidence that you have been accepted on to the course.


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1. Students with Disabilities

The University has developed a range of services for students with disabilities, overseen by Disability Services, a centralised unit that co-ordinates support for students with a wide range of disabilities/special needs. If you indicated that you have a disability/special need on your application form you should have received further details and a questionnaire with your offer letter. If these details were not included or you wish to receive further information please contact the Admissions and Access Service.

2. Student Guidance Centre

The Student Guidance Centre is a new concept in the delivery of services designed to enhance the student experience at Queen's. It provides a single point of contact for students to access high quality information, advice and guidance from specially-trained University staff from pre-application through to career, employability and skills planning. More information about the individual services is available on the Queen's website.

3. English Language Requirement

For those applicants who do not currently meet the English Language requirement, the University is a test centre for IELTS. Further details are available from the website at:-

INTO Queen's University offers a wide range of English language provision, including 10, 6 or 4 week pre-sessional courses.  Those who have satisfied the other course entry requirements and who achieve the required level of performance in the pre-sessional English course, will be permitted to progress to their postgraduate degree programme without having to re-take the IELTS or TOEFL test.  See Section 4 for contact details.

Please note that you have to meet the University's English Language requirement before being permitted to register on to your postgraduate programme of study.


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1. Tuition Fees

The tuition fee is based on the number of CATS points to be completed during 2013/14, and is determined by the student's country of residence at the time of taking the course, as follows:

Resident in the UK, Republic of Ireland or other EU country
PS30.75 per point

Resident outside the EU
PS51.25 per point

Direct entry applicants will complete 60 points during each stage.  Their 2013/14 fee will be:

Home/EU   PS1,845

Non EU      PS3,075

Applicants who are awarded credit for previous PG qualifications via the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) will pay the following fees in 2013/14:

Home/EU   PS30.75 per point

Non EU      PS51.25 per point

2. Payment of Fees

International students will be required to fulfil certain financial arrangements to the satisfaction of the University as outlined below. 

Applicants are advised to consult the University's Income and Student Finance website at for full details of the procedures for the payment of tuition fees.  A summary of the requirements for 2012 entry is outlined below.  Please note that these requirements may be subject to change for 2013 entry.

As part of the registration and enrolment process, and before commencing your studies you will have to either:-

  • provide official evidence of sponsorship or scholarship from a government or other official organisation; or
  • pay the total tuition fee at or prior to enrolment.  Please note that cash will not be accepted; or
  • pay by Direct Debit:  a minimum amount of 25% of the total fees must be paid at or prior to enrolment.  Direct debits are taken in three equal payments at the end of November, December and January, or within four working days of each date.  The direct debit facility is only available to those students who have a UK current bank account (not savings account) which is recognised by the Direct Debit Scheme. A Direct Debit Mandate form must be completed to avail of the option; or
  • provide evidence that you are in receipt of an award from the University or funding administered by the University.

3. Registration

Registration and enrolment for the academic year 2013/14 will commence during September 2013.  The School of Pharmacy will send you further details of the procedures for distance learning students nearer to the start of the programme.


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Admissions and Access Service
Lanyon North
Queen's University Belfast
Belfast BT7 1NN

Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5022
School of Pharmacy
Medical Biology Centre
Queen's University Belfast
97 Lisburn Road
Belfast BT9 7BL

Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 2004/5801
Income and Student Finance
(tuition fee payment)
Student Guidance Centre
Queen's University Belfast
Belfast BT7 1NN

Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 2767
Disability Services
Student Guidance Centre
Queen's University Belfast
Belfast BT7 1NN

Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 2727
International Student Support
Queen's University Belfast
Belfast BT7 1NN

Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 3899
INTO Queen's University Belfast
(English Language enquiries)
Queen's University Belfast
Belfast BT9 5BY

Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 6850


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