Delivery and Duration

First Year 


PHR5611 Principles of Pharmacoeconomics (4 ECTS) 

The unit presents principles of pharmacoeconomics and their application in decision models and drug therapy outcome measures within clinical practice in healthcare delivery systems. This module aims to define terminology used in pharmacoeconomics and in the application of economic-based evaluation methods of pharmaceutical care services, describe pharmacoeconomic methodologies adopted in the economic approach of drug therapy and pharmaceutical services and evaluate the impact of pharmacoeconomic evaluations on decision-making in patient care and health outcomes measurement.


PHR5612 Health Systems in USA and Europe (4 ECTS) 

The unit presents an overview of approaches to the organization, financing and delivery of health services in different countries in Europe and in the USA.  This module aims to present health systems in Europe and USA, to appraise health system models and to propose models for developing health systems to maintain rational and safe healthcare delivery. 


PHR5613 Pharmacotherapeutics I (16 ECTS) and PHR5617 Pharmacotherapeutics II (16 ECTS) 

These units present an integration of scientific aspects of medicinal chemistry, drug action, pharmacokinetic and toxicology to the use of drugs in management of disease states. The application of evidence-based medicine to pharmacotherapeutics with the identification of benefits and limitations to patient populations and individual patients is presented. An advanced up-to-date overview of principles of pharmacotherapeutics in areas including infectious disease, endocrinology, liver and renal disease, cardiology, psychiatry and rheumatology is provided. The development of an integrated approach of skills and knowledge required in rhetorical decision making for pharmacotherapeutic management is supported.


PHR5614 Drug information and statistics (8 ECTS) 

This unit will review drug information sources that are used in healthcare.  Critical evaluation of literature in a systematic approach will be undertaken and the clinical application of statistical tools is explored.  The concepts of ensuring patient safety and legal and ethical implications when responding to drug information requests are discussed as well as aspects required in the use of evidence-based medical literature, in the retrieval and analysis of information and literature evaluation for formulary development and disease state management policies. 

Students will also learn how to design, develop and evaluate educational information targeted at different levels of audience. They will also be exposed to methods of the development and management of drug information services in different care settings as well as being able to develop comparative efficacy reports and health technology assessments while preparing reviews and medication use evaluations. Pharmacovigilance and drug use monitoring processes are described.


PHR5615 Experiential (4 ECTS) 

The unit is intended to provide the student with an immersion in the real practice.  The student will undertake two experiences, one in each semester of followed activities that draw on practical scenarios. Each experience will consist of seminar session.   


PHR5616 Clinical Rotations (8 ECTS) 

The unit presents two clinical practice experiences each of 4 weeks’ duration.  The students will attend and verbally participate in all professional activities at the site.  They will create and maintain a current patient problem list and complete medication lists for each assigned patient in order to prioritize the delivery of pharmaceutical care within the setting.  Students will design, recommend, monitor and evaluate a pharmacological plan based on each patient's problem list including tailoring of dose and dosage regimen, recommending appropriate alternative therapies and monitoring laboratory parameters as applicable. Tutorials will be held weekly for the students to reflect on advanced clinical pharmacy practice from the different scenarios where the students will be practising.


Second and Third Year


PHR5635 Advanced Experientia

The unit presents three clinical practice experiences each of 7 weeks duration.  Tutorials will be held weekly for the students to reflect on advanced clinical pharmacy practice from the different scenarios where the students will be practising. The students will attend and verbally participate in all professional activities at the site.   

Upon completion of the module, individuals shall be highly qualified independent practitioners able to provide optimal pharmaceutical care hospital, ambulatory and community pharmacy practice.  They can practice as integral members of a multi-disciplinary care team and be skilled at teaching other healthcare professionals.  These individuals are prepared to take a leadership role in quality and safety improvement initiatives in with respect to the medication use processes.


PHR5636 Doctoral Research Dissertation 

The unit is aimed to engage students in research activities including the application of relevant methodological approaches and the dissemination of results in literature. Students have to complete a dissertation, disseminate results in literature and pass an oral examination.   

The student will have to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the subject area and present a thorough description with a critical understanding of literature available.   

The ability to contextualize this knowledge within the research area and to put forward original ideas is required.  The data generated from the fieldwork should be to a level that will have a demonstrable contribution to professional practice.


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