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Course content

Course overview

  • Take on the role of an independent prescriber in your area of healthcare practice through this course.
  • Learn from clinicians from a range of backgrounds, including medicine, pharmacy and nursing.
  • Discover how to apply core prescribing skills including history taking, clinical reasoning and examination skills.
  • Have the flexibility to undertake learning at a time that suits you due to the low number of contact days.
  • Study at a university ranked 6th in the UK for pharmacy and pharmacology (QS World University Rankings 2018).


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • Modular (part-time)
  • UK students (per annum): £2,400 per 30 credit unit

The University of Manchester is offering Pharmacy Integration Fund (PhIF)-funded places to pharmacists who hold one of the HEE-funded pathways: 

  • Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice (phase 2)
  • Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes
  • Clinical Pharmacists in Integrated Urgent Care.

Entry requirements

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

  • IELTS 7.0 overall with 7.0 in reading and writing specifically
  • TOEFL minimum of 100 (Internet-based test)

See further information about requirements for your country .

Professional entry qualification

You must have the following in addition to meeting our academic entry requirements.

  • Registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council (for pharmacists) or the Nursing and Midwifery Council (for nurses).
  • An agreement with a medical practitioner to act as your Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP) during the 12 days of learning in practice. See the Other entry requirements section for more details.
  • Relevant post-registration clinical experience if you are a nurse or midwife. You should also have relevant experience in the field in which you intend to prescribe.
  • At least two years' post-qualification patient-focused experience in hospital, community or a primary care setting if you are a pharmacist.

Please note that this course is only accredited for nurses, midwives, health visitors and pharmacists.

Other entry requirements

You must have access to a computer with fast and reliable internet connection. There is a minimum level of computer skills required, including the ability to:

  • navigate the Blackboard learner management system to locate teaching and learning materials and to access and submit assessments (with initial basic training);
  • work efficiently with Word (or similar) and PowerPoint programs;
  • use the internet to search websites;
  • navigate e-learning programs.

Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP) requirements:

Your DMP must be a registered medical practitioner who has normally had at least three years' recent clinical experience for a group of patient/clients in the relevant field of practice.

Further information regarding your DMP can be found in the Guidance on choosing your Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP) document.

Application and selection

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form and the Independent Prescribing additional application form (Word, 128KB).

See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We have also collated the information on this page and the application form into a nomination pack (Word, 163KB) that you can download and share.

The deadline for applications is 14 January 2019. Applications are processed on a first come first served basis. For your first application to be considered, you must submit all of the required supporting documents and have an enhanced DBS within three years of the course start date.

Advice to applicants

To apply for a course, you must complete and/or submit:

  • the University online application form ;
  • the Independent Prescribing additional application form ;
  • certificate number and issue date for enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (section 2 of the Independent Prescribing additional application form)
  • personal statement (section 1 of the Independent Prescribing additional application form)
  • two reflective continuing professional development (CPD) records
  • numeracy assessment (section 4 of the Independent Prescribing additional application form)
  • two references/ details of two referees (online University application form).

If you are self-funding the course, please refer to our guidance .

Interview requirements

All applicants who meet the eligibility criteria will be offered a telephone interview.

Places are allocated on the basis of a successful interview.

Teaching and learning

A range of teaching methods are used to develop the knowledge and understanding, practical skills, intellectual skills and personal qualities required to become a competent prescriber.

The online material can be studied in your own time, and will involve directed reading, online discussion and learning activities. As such, you need to be self-motivated to learn in your own time. You must also have a fairly good level of IT skills, as the learning requires you to navigate Blackboard and an electronic portfolio.

The eight university-based study days are designed to enhance student learning by providing the opportunity to take a hands-on approach to learning including group activities, teaching OSCEs, and practical skill sessions.

A minimum of 12 days' learning in practice under the supervision of a designated medical practitioner should be carried out during the four-month course. During this time, students are required to complete a reflective practice portfolio to document and reflect on their learning.

Coursework and assessment

We use the following assessment methods:

  • two and a quarter-hour multiple choice question (MCQ) and short answer examination;
  • six-station Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE);
  • reflective practice portfolio linked to development of competence in practice.

Course unit details

The course will cover:

  • assessment, consultation skills and history taking;
  • legal and professional issues relating to independent prescribing;
  • decision making and evidence based prescribing;
  • psychological and ethical issues applied to prescribing;
  • pharmacology and drug actions;
  • leadership, accountability and clinical governance.

Career opportunities

After completing this course, you are eligible to register as an independent prescriber with either the NMC (if you are a nurse, midwife or health visitor) or the GPhC (if you are a pharmacist). This course is the same as a V300 course.

Visit the Independent Prescribing (Short Course) page on the University of Manchester website for more details!




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