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Clinical Pharmacy Practice (Primary Care and Community)

This flexible, part-time master's level course for practising pharmacists is evidence based with a problem-solving, practice-orientated approach.

Flexible work-based learning

You will develop improved clinical skills, broaden your knowledge and apply these effectively in your professional setting to deliver safer, patient-focused care.


Choosing a Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma, MSc or CPD option will help develop your professional status and career prospects.

Upcoming intake points are September 2021 and March 2022.

Dates September 2021 start

  • Application deadline: 12 July 2021
  • Induction workshop: Dates to be confirmed

Course features

  • Choice of awards reflecting your area of professional interest
  • Study at your own pace with minimal time away from work
  • Excellent support and learner networks with a user-friendly virtual learning environment
  • Increased professional expertise and status with enhanced career prospects
  • Support in meeting requirements of the GPhC and professional development in line with RPS development frameworks

Course details

Our flexible course allows you to study at your own pace with minimal time away from work.


Available qualifications & duration

  • CPD course (12 weeks)
  • Postgraduate Certificate (one year part-time)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (two years part-time)
  • MSc (three years part-time)

All Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc students are registered for the maximum study duration of eight years, to allow flexible study options.

Scheme of study

The course is divided into units of study, each lasting 12 weeks. Study in each unit is supported by online learning materials, live teaching sessions and face to face study days to support clinical skills.

Year One (Certificate)

  • 4 optional units
  • If you are new to practice or have had a break from Masters level postgraduate education, a recommended course of study would be to start with the following units:
    • Professional Skills for Medicines Optimisation
    • Evidence Based Pharmacy Practice
  • Successful completion of the OSCE (observed structured clinical examination) assessment

Year Two (Diploma)

  • 4 optional units

Year Three (MSc)

  • Additional units as agreed with the programme lead

Independent Prescribing can also be used to contribute to building a postgraduate award.

Optional units

Core/Generalist units (15 CATS credits, 12 weeks)

  • Professional Skills for Medicines Optimisation
  • Evidence Based Pharmacy Practice
  • Managing Long Term Conditions (MLTC): Respiratory & Endocrine
  • Managing Long Term Conditions (MLTC): Cardiovascular Disease

Specialist/Advanced units (15 CATS credits, 12 weeks)

  • Managing Minor Illness
  • Managing Polypharmacy and Multimorbidity - Reducing Risk
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Pharmaceutical Public Health
  • Quality Improvement (with University of Bath School of Management)

CPD intake points are throughout the year, if you wish to study programmatically and start with the recommended core generalist units the upcoming intake points are September 2021 and March 2022.


Apply now

Make sure to complete all additional forms and upload these to your application tracker as required.


  • Apply to Bath starting 1 September 2021. Induction workshop dates to be confirmed.

The application deadline is 12 July 2021.

Two references will be needed when applying for the MSc, Diploma or Certificate.

Transfer of credit from other institutions is possible. Please call the Programme Office to discuss this option.

Application process

We will review all applications and contact applicants with information about interviews, which may be face to face or via telephone.

After interviews, you will be notified of the decision of the University as soon as possible before the start of the course.

Please note that all elements of the application must be submitted on time for you to be considered for a place on the course. If the demand for places is greater than the number of places available then the admissions panel will review applications following agreed selection criteria.

Values Based Recruitment

If you are working in or plan to work in the NHS, we follow the NHS Values Based Recruitment Guidance. We strongly believe in the NHS values and will be looking for them in our applicants.

All applicants will be assessed on individual merit, as well as their understanding and practice of NHS values in pharmacy. This assessment may take a variety of forms, including an interview. We strongly encourage all applicants to read the NHS Constitution before attending the interview.

Case study videos

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Entry requirements

Find out what criteria you need to meet before applying.


You must:

  • be a graduate of a recognised university and be registered as a practising pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council (or for other health professionals, be a member of an appropriate professional body)
  • ensure that you have a UK practice base to work within and access to patient notes (Community-based applicants will normally need to come to an arrangement with a local GP practice. The University can provide a letter to assist in gaining access to a GP Surgery for educational purposes.)

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of at least 7.5 overall with no less than 7 in all components.

Fees and funding

Go to our fees pages for more information on fees and how to pay them.

Please note that tuition fees do not cover travel, subsistence, delegate fees and accommodation at workshops. An additional charge will be made for costs incurred.

Contact us

Contact us if you have any questions about the course or your application.