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

Program Coordinator:

Dr. Syed Wasif Gillani
Acting Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice


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 Academic Year 2020-21

  • Applicants shall meet all admission criteria for entry into the higher education programs offered by the University, as laid down in the Standards (2019) published by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), Ministry of Education – Higher Education Affairs, UAE.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy or Pharm D from an accredited University in the UAE or equivalent one from outside the UAE.
  • Distinct undergraduate performance of minimum cumulative grade point average(CGPA) of 3.0  on a 4-point scale, or equivalent grade (B)
  • The Applicant must have proficiency in spoken and written English. The applicant can fulfil the English proficiency requirement via the TOEFL, IELTS, or UA CESL Endorsement Exam, minimum requirements are listed below. TOEFL and IELTS test scores must be dated within two years of the year of enrolment.
    • EmSAT: Score of 1400 and above
    • TOEFL: Score of 79 on the iBT or 550 PBT (web-based) test or higher.
    • IELTS: Overall score of 6 is required, with a score of no less than 5 on any individual band or module.

Conditional Graduate Admission Read More

  • Graduate with less than the minimum score in English proficiency may be provided conditional admission that the student registers 6 credit hours in the first semester of his/her studies and obtains a “B” average or above.
    • Applicant must achieve and EMSAT score of 1400 or IELTS 6.0 or equivalent by the end of first semester of study
    • Applicant must achieve a minimum of CGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its established equivalent, in the first six credit hours of credit bearing courses studied for the Master’s program
  • Graduate with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.5 to 2.9 on a 4.0 scale or its established equivalent shall be conditionally admitted to the first semester as follows:
    • is allowed take a maximum of nine credit hours of courses studied for the graduate program during the period of conditional admission and
    • must achieve a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent, in these nine credits of courses studied for the graduate program to progress to second semester or be subject to dismissal.
  • Graduate with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.0 to 2.4 on a 4.0 scale or its established equivalent shall be admitted to the first semester as follows:
    • is required to successfully complete a maximum of nine graduate-level credit hours as remedial preparation for the graduate program. These remedial courses are not for credit within the degree program
    • must achieve a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent, in these nine credits of remedial courses in order to be admitted to the graduate program or be subject to dismissal.

Required Documents: 

  • Attested copy of the Baccalaureate degree and official transcripts of credit/s earned from an accredited Institution of higher education previously attended
  • Equivalency Certificate of the Baccalaureate degree from the Ministry of Education, UAE.
  • Passport copy and Emirates ID Card (For UAE Nationals Family Book and Ethbara)
  • Valid English Proficiency Scoresheet (EmSAT/IELTS/TOEFL etc.)
  • Passport-size Photographs x 5
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume or CV
  • Statement of purpose

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

Fiaz Ahmed, Infection Control Physician, Thumbay University Hospital, UAE

Sally Arif, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Midwestern University, USA

Danial Baker, J. Roberts and Marcia Fosberg Distinguished Professor, Washington State University, USA

Ayman Ahmad Chkhis, Clinical Pharmacist, Al Kuwait Hospital, Dubai, UAE

Sahar Elnajjar (Alumna of GMU MCP Program), Pharmacist, Mediclinic Parkview Hospital, UAE

Wasim S. El Nekidy, Senior Specialist Pharmacotherapy, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, UAE

Mohamed Hisham, Clinical Staff Pharmacist, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, UAE

David Holdford, Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

Kiran Kumar, Specialist (Asstt. HOD), Thumbay University Hospital, UAE

Mohammad Qaddoura, CEO, Response Plus Medical, UAE