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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 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) option will help improve your professional status, developing your career prospects.

This course has two intakes a year, in April and September.

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 General Pharmaceutical Council and professional development in line with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society faculty frameworks

Key course dates: September 2024 start

  • Application deadline: 29 July 5pm
  • Online Induction: 9-20 September
  • First unit start date: 23 September
  • Online Induction Workshop: 9 October 2024
  • Online Foundation Workshops: 4 December and 13 February 2025

We would like to remind you that the online workshops are a very valuable element of the course and attendance is compulsory. 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)

The PG Diploma students are registered for the maximum study duration of three years, to allow flexible study options where appropriate.


  • Clinical Pharmacy Practice (Secondary Care)
  • Clinical Pharmacy Practice (Primary Care)
  • MSc Clinical Pharmacy Practice

You can study combinations of units (including Independent Prescribing) to accumulate credit towards a named award.

Scheme of study

  • Year One (Certificate): 2 recommended units (Foundation Knowledge, Foundation Skills) and 2 optional units
  • Year Two (Diploma): 4 optional units
  • Year Three (MSc): additional optional units as agreed with programme lead

Programme and Unit Catalogue

Review all available units

You can review all available units through the University's Programme and Unit Catalogue. Please note that the catalogue doesn't provide information on when individual units will be running. If you would like to find out more about taking a specific combination of units to achieve your award, please arrange to speak to the Programme Team by emailing

Apply now

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

Apply to Bath for the September 2024 cohort

Application deadline: 29 July 5pm

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 registered as a pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council (unless you wish to study a single unit as CPD)
  • be supported by your employer
  • have an allocated work-based mentor (normally a more senior pharmacist) who will support your learning in practice and provide feedback on assignments
  • 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 International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 6.5 overall with no less than 6 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.

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.