Paul McCague

Paul McCague


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Dr McCague is a Reader (Education) and MPharm Director of Student Engagement & Support at the School of Pharmacy, Queen's University Belfast (QUB). 

Paul graduated with a Master of Pharmacy from QUB and following pre-registration training returned to the School of Pharmacy in Belfast to complete a PhD in clinical pharmacy. Following his PhD, Dr McCague held lectureships at the School of Pharmacy University College Cork (2012-14) and Liverpool John Moores University (2014-15). Paul's role in University College Cork was a joint appointment with the Mercy University Hospital, where he worked as a clinical paediatric pharmacist. Dr McCague returned to QUB in September 2015 to take up a Lecturer (Education) position. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer (Education) in 2019 and to Reader (Education) in 2022.

Paul is involved in teaching pharmacology and clinical pharmacy throughout the four years of the MPharm degree programme. Paul also delivers the pharmacokinetics teaching on Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Advanced Clinical Practice (postgraduate) programmes. Additionally, Paul is involved in pharmacy education post-registration with the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU). This roles involves the development and delivery of courses to pharmacists in the south of Ireland. Paul has a strong commitment to research led teaching and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). He has disseminated numerous educational initiatives at national and international conferences as well as publication in peer reviewed journals.

Dr McCague has worked in both community and hospital pharmacy settings over the past twelve years and continues to carry out regular locum work. He is a Member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. Paul was awarded Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2019. 



- Master of Pharmacy: 1st Class Honours (2008), Queen's University Belfast

- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Clinical Pharmacy (2012), Queen's University Belfast

- Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (2013), University College Cork

- Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (2014), University College Cork

- University Rising Star Teaching Award (2016): Clinical Pharmacokinetics

- University Team Teaching Award (2017): Extemporaneous Formulation & Dispensing

- Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (2019)

- QUB Institutional Nominee for Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowship (2019)

- Connected Leaders Development Programme (William J. Clinton Leadership Institute) (2020)

- ILM Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management (2020)




Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) programme:

PMY4107: Advanced Pharmaceutical Care (Module Co-ordinator)

PMY4108: Advancement of Practice Through Evidence (Assistant Module Co-Ordinator)

PMY4005: Project

PMY4050: Objective, Structured Clinical Examinations for Level 4

PMY3177: Clinical Therapeutics

PMY3178: Pharmacy Practice

PMY3050: Objective, Structured Clinical Examinations for Level 3

PMY2107: Applied Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics

PMY2006: Pharmaceutical Technology

PMY1017: Practising as a Pharmacist


MB BCh BAO Medicine programme: 

MED1023: Principles of Disease and Treatment I

MED2014: Principles of Disease and Treatment II


Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology programmes:

PMY2021: Principles of Drug Action


BSc Medical Science (Intercalated) programme:

BMS3106: Principles of Pharmacology and Therapeutics


MSc/Diploma/Certificate in Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice postgraduate programmes:

PMY7045: Managing Drug Treatment

PMY7043: Practice Research Project


MSc in Industrial Pharmaceutics postgraduate programme:

PMY8112: Characterisation Methods for Pharmaceutical Products



- Director of Student Support and Engagement (MPharm) 
- Module Co-ordinator: Advanced Pharmaceutical Care (PMY4107)

- Lead for Interprofessional Learning: MPharm Programme Level 1 & 2
- School Staff Student Liaison Officer: (September 2016-September 2018)
- School Lead: University Personal Tutoring Scheme
- School Committee Memberships: School Board, MPharm Accreditation, Teaching & Learning, Examinations & Assessment, Distance Learning and Student Voice. 
- University Committee Memberships: Academic Board, Academic Council, Staff Forum, Periodic School Review, Lead Personal Tutor Forum  
- STEM Ambassador  
- Northern Ireland Department of Health Poisons Board: Panel Member
- MPharm External Examiner: Kingston Univeristy (October 2020- present)
- MPharm External Examiner: Liverpool John Moores University (October 2021- present)

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In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality


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