Master in Clinical Pharmacy (MCP)

Master in Clinical Pharmacy is offered by the College of Pharmacy, Gulf Medical University (GMU) in collaboration with Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD) and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), United States. The collaboration includes experts from CCAD and VCU contributing to the delivery of some courses. CCAD is also a site for certain speciality rotations including Parenteral Nutrition and Infectious Diseases.

The Master in Clinical Pharmacy (MCP) program received accreditation from the Ministry of Education (Previously known as Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research), United Arab Emirates. [Link]

Master in Clinical Pharmacy is a specialized degree not only advancing the Pharmacist to be a Clinical Pharmacist but also specializing in a student selected clinical area of focus. The advantage of being a clinical specialist with a chosen speciality course (3 credits), speciality rotation (4 credits) and research thesis on same speciality (6 credits) is a highlight of GMU MCP Program.

GMU has been offering the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program since 2008. With 10 years of experience, it is now in a position to provide excellent Clinical Pharmacy training at the master level especially with its own teaching hospitals and clinics in the UAE. Thumbay group of teaching hospitals have diverse patients and trained clinical preceptors for high quality advanced experiential learning.

GMU, being one of the leading Medical Universities in the region, offers multi-professional clinical research opportunities that impact clinical practice and are published in high-quality international journals.

For working pharmacists, the study plan is flexible to complete all the courses in 4 or 5 semesters. All classes are in the evenings and/or weekends.

Program Highlights

  • Highest quality & most affordable program in the UAE.
  • Flexible payment plan.
  • The program designed for working professionals.
  • Collaboration with Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and Virginia Commonwealth University, US.
  • On Campus Thumbay University Hospital.
  • Preferred training site for national and international clinical pharmacy students.
  • Experienced faculty with potential master research in collaboration with US institutions.
  • Leading to specializations in Cardiology, ID, Oncology, PN, Nephrology, and Pharmacy Administration.

Who will benefit from the program

  • Pharmacists who seek to advance their careers as clinical pharmacists
  • Graduates of PharmD or BPharm to specialize in a clinical speciality
  • National and International pharmacists who would prefer to be trained by GMU-Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi-Virginia Commonwealth University experts and facilities
  • Pharmacists who wish to perform a multi-professional clinical research at GMU and affiliated institutions


The goals of the Master in Clinical Pharmacy program are;

  • Equip and enable Clinical Pharmacists to become change agents and to meet the challenges in a changing healthcare system in the country and deliver specialized patient-centered and evidence-based clinical pharmacy services.
  • Adopt national and international best practices in clinical pharmacy education.
  • Improve research productivity in clinical pharmacy and promote the professional development of pharmacists.
  • Enhance the quality of care to a specialized clinical level provided by graduates to the community it serves.
  • Encourage self-development and collaborative practice.


The Outcomes of the Master in Clinical Pharmacy is based on American College of Clinical Pharmacy competencies for Clinical Pharmacists with additional research outcome.

  1. Direct patient care
  2. Pharmacotherapy knowledge
  3. System-based care and population health
  4. Communication
  5. Professionalism
  6. Continuing professional development and
  7. Research

Study Plan   

Name of the Program Master in Clinical Pharmacy
Credit Hours 40
Semesters 2 Semesters + 1 year of Rotations & Thesis
Duration 2 Years
In Collaboration with Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, UAE and

Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

Year 1 (Semester 1 & 2)

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Pre-requisites
MCP610 Pharmacy Practice Ethics & Law 2
MCP611 Advanced Clinical Pharmacokinetics 3
MCP612 Advanced Pharmacotherapy 3
MCP613 Evidence-based & Patient-centered Practice 1
MCP614 System-Based Care & Population Health 2
Specialization Course I (Elective) 3
Specialization Course II (Elective) 3
MCP620 Antimicrobial Stewardship 2
MCP621 Research Seminar & Biostatistics 2 Evidence-based & Patient-centered Practice

Specialization courses (Two of the following to be selected)

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
MCP650 Advances in Cardiac Pharmacotherapy 3
MCP651 Parenteral Nutrition, IV Therapy & Sterile Preparation 3
MCP652 Advances in Infectious Disease Pharmacotherapy 3
MCP653 Advances in Renal Pharmacotherapy 3
MCP654 Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research 3
MCP655 Pharmacy Management 3
MCP656 Advances in Oncology Pharmacotherapy 3

Year 2 (Rotations and Practice-based Research Thesis)

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Pre-requisites
MCP630 Innovations in Pharmacy Practice 1  –
MCP631 Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Rotation 4 All courses in Semester 1 & 2)
MCP632 Critical Care Pharmacy Rotation 4
Specialization Rotation (Elective) 4
MCP640 Practice-based Research Thesis 6

Specialization rotations (One of the following to be selected)

Rotation Code Rotation Title Credit Hours
MCP660 Cardiology Rotation 4
MCP661 Parenteral Nutrition Rotation 4
MCP662 Infectious Disease Rotation 4
MCP663 Nephrology Rotation 4
MCP664 Pharmacy Administration 4
MCP665 Oncology Rotation 4

Admission Requirements

The following are the minimum requirements for admission into the Master in Clinical Pharmacy Program at GMU.  Minimum requirements include:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy (BPharm or BSc) or PharmD from a University/Institute recognized by UAE
  • A valid Ministry of Health and Prevention license from UAE as a Pharmacist is preferable
  • Distinct undergraduate performance GPA of 3 on a 4-point scale, or equivalent grade (“B”)
  • English language proficiency test score of TOEFL 550 and IELTS 6.0 or any other standardized internationally recognized test approved by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), Ministry of Education – Higher Education Affairs, UAE.
    • Native speaker of English or students who have completed their undergraduate education in English after passing a standardized English Language test are exempted.

Required Documents

  • Attested copy of the baccalaureate degree and official transcripts of credit/s earned from all institutions of higher education previously attended
  • Equivalency Certificate of the baccalaureate degree from the Ministry of Education, UAE in case of foreign degrees.
  • Passport copy and Emirates ID Card
  • Valid English Proficiency Scoresheet (EmSAT/IELTS/TOEFL etc.) or evidence to state the medium of instruction in undergraduate education
  • Passport-size Photographs x 10
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of purpose


Tuition Fee

  • AED 95,000

Application Fee

  • AED 1,000 (Non-Refundable)

Note: GMU graduates are entitled for a 25% discount on the total tuition fee.

Graduates can advance their career as:

  • Specialized Clinical Pharmacists in Hospitals and Clinics
  • Pharmacy Administrators at Hospitals, Clinics, or Pharmacies
  • Clinical staff at Pharmaceutical Industries, e.g., medical affairs
  • Teaching Staff and specialty Preceptor at Universities
  • Clinical Consultants at the Ministry of Health
  • Research Staff at Clinical Organizations