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Clinical Pharmacy Practice (Secondary Care)

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

Flexible work-based learning

You'll be supported through web-based learning resources, online discussion and face-to-face learning events.

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

This course has two intakes a year, in March and October.

Course features

  • Choice of awards reflecting your area of professional interest
  • Excellent support and learner networks with a user-friendly virtual learning environment
  • Increased professional expertise and status with enhanced career prospects
  • Support in meeting CPD requirements of the GPhC and professional development in line with the RPS Faculty frameworks

Workshop dates: March 2022 start

  • Induction Workshop: 22 and 23 March 2022
  • We have successfully moved our teaching online in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and will proceed to deliver the programme remotely for the time being. We do not yet know if and when it will be possible to return to in-person teaching but we will keep you informed with as much notice as possible.

We are confident the quality of the tuition you will receive has not been compromised, and in some cases the move to remote delivery has allowed us to secure expert speakers who would not have been able to deliver sessions at an in-person workshop. We would like to remind you that the workshops are a very valuable element of the course and attendance is compulsory, whether they are delivered in-person or remotely. Please check the dates of workshops carefully, well in advance and share them with your workplace, to ensure you are able to attend. If you have any queries, including questions about the IT access required, please do contact a member of the team via the contact details at the bottom of this page and we can arrange a discussion to help resolve any issues.

Course details

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

Available qualifications & duration

  • CPD course (three months)
  • PG Certificate (one year part-time)
  • PG Diploma (two years part-time)
  • MSc (three years part-time)

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


  • Clinical Pharmacy Practice (Secondary Care)
  • Prescribing & Therapeutics

You can study combinations of units to accumulate credit toward a named award.

Scheme of study

  • Year One (Certificate): 2 compulsory units (Foundation Knowledge, Foundation Skills) and 2 optional units
  • Year Two (Diploma): 4 optional units
  • Year Three (MSc): additional optional units

Apply now

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

The deadline for applications is 11 February 2022.

Download the guidance notes and forms.

Please complete each form individually and upload through application tracker. Emailed forms will not be accepted.

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.

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)
  • be supported by your employer
  • be supported by a work-based mentor (normally a more senior pharmacist)
  • ensure that you have a UK practice base to work within and access to patient notes.

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.

Please refer to the forms and guidance notes before applying.

View and download all forms and guidance notes

Contact us

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