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Clinical Pharmacy


2 January

Application system opens

15 March

Application deadline

15 May

Admission results

29 August

Academic year starts
Level of study
Study language
Duration and credits
3 semesters, 60 ECTS
Form of study
Block mode study
Student places
Tuition fee
1700 EUR/semester
Tuition waivers
There are no tuition waivers
  • Online-based – an excellent opportunity for those who work, regardless of their location.
  • The programme emphasises to foster students’ skills of teamwork and help them develop a network of colleagues to rely on in their professional life
  • The programme is characterised by a problem-based approach and a large amount of practical training
  • There are no similar programmes in the region

The online master's programme in Clinical Pharmacy will be held at the University of Tartu to help pharmacists to acquire and demonstrate the competencies in clinical pharmacy through a rigorous programme of study that provides students with the knowledge and skills required to:

  • Review and incorporate current evidence into practice
  • Work effectively in a multidisciplinary clinical environment
  • Make decisions in clinical situations
  • Communicate effectively with patients who have common long-term medical conditions
  • Undertake clinical and practice-based research

The online programme is designed to provide an opportunity for professional development to pharmacists who work at either hospital- or community pharmacies.

The programme is beneficial for pharmacists who wish to improve their clinical pharmacy and patient consultation skills.

The programme's flexibility and a major focus on e-learning make it especially well-suited to those who work – whether it be outside of Tartu or in another country.

Learning outcomes

A student who has completed the curriculum:

  • has a thorough knowledge of the main stages of pharmacotherapy (problem definition, formulation of the treatment goal, choice of treatment and checking its suitability, prescribing treatment, informing the patient, monitoring/discontinuation of treatment);
  • knows the principles of drug and drug dose selection based on the patient and their clinical condition (organ failure, body weight, comorbidities, genetics, etc.);
  • can recognise, assess and manage the dangers of polytherapy (drug interactions and side effects);
  • is aware of the ability to determine/monitor drug concentrations to better control treatment;
  • can find reliable information to answer questions about pharmacotherapy.

It is problem-based learning that is similar to a later work situation.

The main goal of the studies is to support the implementation of the principles of rational, effective, individualised and evidence-based pharmacotherapy in daily treatment.

In the first year of your master's degree, you will gain knowledge of basic subjects (e.g. pharmacokinetics and dynamics, laboratory medicine) and chronic diseases from the point of view required of a clinical pharmacist. You must take a self-test at the end of each e-learning module. 

As homework, you solve cases that are discussed together in a webinar. Studies cover a wide range of knowledge, including knowledge of medicines (such as pharmacology and technology), clinical knowledge (diseases), evidence-based knowledge (use and analysis of source material), and pharmacoeconomics. In addition, you will acquire the communication skills needed to communicate with other healthcare professionals, patients and their loved ones.

In the second year, you will focus on your master's thesis in a field that interests you.

The programme courses are available on the University of Tartu Study Information System. You can select the "2022/23" version.

The studies take place in the Moodle online environment. We use its rich features, including e-lectures, webinars via BigBlueButton, forums and self-tests.

Lecturers come from Estonia and other European countries, such as Latvia, Germany, Iceland, Croatia and Malta.

You will receive a master's degree in pharmaceutical sciences.

Our alumni are welcome to work as clinical pharmacists in both the hospital and primary care. They can provide patients with a higher level of medical advice.

Admission requirements for Clinical Pharmacy

  • Master’s degree or equivalent qualification (must be obtained by the end of July) in pharmacy.
  • English language proficiency at C1 level – acceptable tests and exempt categories are specified here.

Updated on 8 March 2022:

1) The application deadline for Ukrainian citizens for the first and second level of study (excluding Medicine) will be extended to 1 June.

2) As of 7 March 2022, University of Tartu has decided that citizens of Russian Federation and Belarus can submit applications for first and second level programmes offered in the academic year 2022/2023 only if they hold a residence permit or long-term visa of the European Union or are currently studying in Estonia.

Applications are evaluated based on:

  • the score of the motivation letter (yields 75% of the final score)
  • entrance interview (yields 25% of the final score)

Please write a brief motivation letter (in English, maximum of 4600 characters with spaces) based on the following points:

  • Describe briefly your previous education and work experience and explain how will it help you to be successful in this master´s programme. Explain how is your educational and professional background related to clinical pharmacy.
  • Why are you interested in this master´s programme?
  • Please explain how do you see your role in your future work position after graduating from this programme and what is your personal motivation for studying the clinical pharmacy?
  • How do you plan to use the skills obtained from this programme in your future career?
  • Please explain your current ideas about the research topic to be focused on during the master’s studies*

*The topic described in the motivation letter is not binding and may change during the study programme.

Evaluation criteria:

  • a good fit between the applicant’s goals and the programme (50 points)
  • analytical and argumentation skills (30 points)
  • fluency and accuracy of written English (20 points)

The maximum score for motivation letter is 100 points and the result is positive only if the applicant gains 51 points or more.

The purpose of the entrance interview is to determine the candidate’s:

  • motivation to study in the chosen field and ability to self-analyze;
  • motivation to learn independently – including online learning and masters’ thesis;
  • critical thinking, reasoning and analysis skills;
  • understanding of the nature of teamwork and readiness for teamwork;
  • self-expression skills and English language skills.

The structure of the entrance interview:

  • introduction of the interviewee and members of the interview panel (1-2 min);
  • questions from the members of the panel to evaluate the motivation, abilities and readiness of the candidate for the challenges of the degree course (8-9 min);

The topic of th entrance interview:

Motivation to study in the chosen field and the motivation regarding the chosen specialization and university.


  • motivation to study in the chosen field and the ability to self-analyze (50 points)
  • motivation to learn independently – including online learning and masters’ thesis (20 points)
  • critical thinking, reasoning and analysis skills (10 points)
  • understanding of the nature of teamwork and readiness for teamwork (10 points)
  • self-expression skills and English language skills (20 points)

Grading scheme:

Each member of the panel evaluates the candidate during the interview on the basis of the five criteria.

  • the overall grade is the average of the scores of the members of the interview panel.
  • the maximum score for interview is 100 points and the result is positive only if the applicant gains 51 points or more

The entrance interviews will be held online on 27-29.04.2022, exact appointments will be fixed with each applicant in April.

For further information on assessing candidates´ academic performance and calculating admissions´ score see here

How to apply


The following information applies to international students and Estonian students who graduated abroad:

Application system opens on 2 January and closes on 15 March. The following electronic documents must be submitted via DreamApply by 15 March:

  1. online application
  2. motivation letter
  3. official certified copy of the master's diploma or its equivalent and Diploma Supplement (transcript) in the original language (must include description of the grading scale).
    NB! Applicants graduating in the upcoming spring/summer and having their diploma and final transcript issued later than the application deadline should electronically submit their most recent official transcript by the application deadline. The transcript should be supplemented by an official statement from the issuing institution indicating current enrollment and expected graduation date. Admitted candidates are required to post certified copies of their graduation documents as soon as these have been issued (no later than by the end of July).
  4. official translation of the bachelor’s diploma and Diploma Supplement (transcript) into English, translation certified
  5. proof of English language proficiency
  6. copy of the passport page stating the applicant’s personal particulars
  7. confirmation/receipt of application fee payment (if applicable). All international applicants are required to pay the application fee EUR 100, unless they have completed the previous study level in Estonia. An application will only be processed after the fee has been received by the UT.


Submitted applications can not be edited. It is only possible to upload new documents (e.g. graduation certificates). Applicants will receive feedback and notifications through the DreamApply system to their e-mail. Incomplete applications or those submitted by e-mail will not be considered for admission.

Guide to submitting electonic application on DreamApply.

The evaluation of applications will be made based on the electronic copies added to DreamApply. A general ranking list will be formed based on the electronically submitted applications and admission results (including offers) will be announced to all applicants personally via DreamApply by May 15 at the latest. Admitted candidates are expected to accept or decline the offer in DreamApply in 7 days. If the decision is not communicated to UT via DreamApply by the stipulated deadline, UT reserves the right to withdraw the admission offer.

NB! It is not possible to postpone the beginning of studies to the next academic year.

Terms and conditions of the admission offer

Admission offers are conditional. This means that there are conditions in the offer which the applicant needs to fulfil in order to be admitted (e.g. sending application documents by post; obtaining the required level of education). If the conditions are not met, UT has the right to withdraw the offer. Also, UT reserves the right to withdraw or amend any offer or revoke the matriculation of a student, if it becomes evident that the application contains fraudulent information, the qualification does not provide access to the chosen study programme or the student is found to have omitted key information from the application. Should such circumstances occur, UT will not be liable for any material or immaterial loss which the student may suffer as a result.

Once the admission results have been announced, all admitted students are required to send the application documents by post to: Student Admissions, University of Tartu, Ülikooli 18-132, Tartu 50090, ESTONIA.

The documents are expected to be mailed only by those receiving the admission offer (unless instructed otherwise by the admissions staff). The documents must reach the university within 3 weeks from the announcement of the offer. If the application documents do not reach the us by the deadline, the university has the right to withdraw the admission offer. Applicants will be informed when their documents have arrived.

Requirements for educational documents

All copies of educational documents (diplomas and Diploma Supplements/transcripts) must be officially certified. By certified we mean that the copies should bear an original signature and seal of the authority certifying that these are true copies of the original document(s). The copies can be certified either 1) by an authorised official of the issuing institution, or 2) by a notary, or 3) with an Apostille attached. NB! Country-specific requirements may also specify the way documents from certain countries must be certified.

Please note that UT does not accept simple copies made on the basis of already certified copies (primary copies are needed).

Paying the tuition fee

• EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are required to pay the fee for the first semester by 20 September at the latest after signing the fee contract, please read more here.

• Admitted students from other countries are required to pre-pay half of the first semester's tuition fee. The invoice along with the pre-payment deadline and payment details will be sent to applicants via DreamApply after they have accepted the admissions offer and the University has received the hard copies of the application documents. Second part of the fee is due on 20 September. NB! The official admission letter will only be issued once the University of Tartu has received the pre-payment.


The official admission letter will be sent to admitted students electronically via DreamApply only after the admissions office has received and reviewed hard copies of the application documents, and received the tuition fee pre-payment (if a pre-payment was required, please see step 3 for more details).

The programme of Clinical Pharmacy will be conducted via online learning platform Moodle and arriving to Estonia is not required. The programme is conducted on the block mode study and students matriculated for this programme cannot apply for a temporary residence permit for studies based on the matricualation.


Estonian applicants should apply via National Admission Information Systems (SAIS). Further information in Estonian is available here.

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