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Course overview

  • Learn how to independently evaluate, assess and recommend/prescribe medicines for emergency medicine patients.
  • Fit part-time study around work through face-to-face sessions and e-learning over 6 months.
  • Take as a standalone short course for pharmacists who are already non-medical prescribers or with our Independent Prescribing  course for a PGCert  award.
  • Have your fees paid by Health Education England North West if you work in the north-west region.


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

  • Modular (part-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £2,500 per 30 credit unit


Students starting this course and/or the PGCert in Advanced Specialist Training in Emergency Medicine in February 2019 who work in the north west of England will have their tuition fees paid in full by Health Education North West.

This is as part of a funding initiative to develop the role of pharmacists in the emergency department and in urgent care. Applications from pharmacists working in emergency medicine based in acute medical areas, walk in centres or GP out-of-hours, may also be eligible for funding for the course. In addition, there is some additional funding available for organisations to backfill for students' time for undertaking either course.

Students working outside of the north-west will be self-funding and ineligible for tuition fees or backfill paid by Health Education North West.

Entry requirements

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system. We ask for English language proof from applicants from countries that are not majority English-speaking countries (a list of majority English-speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ). 

Specifically, we require a minimum of

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with 7.0 in reading and writing.

All certification should have been achieved within the past two years.

See further information about requirements for your country .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form.

You should also complete an  additional information form and EMM agreement form . These additional forms should be uploaded with the other supporting documents to your online application.

There are two intakes per year. The next intake will be February 2019 and the deadline for applications, including all supplementary documents, will be 21 December 2018. The deadline for applications for the September 2019 intake will be 1 July 2019.

Advice to applicants

This is an exciting opportunity for pharmacists to work in a new clinical area of expertise. This will provide personal professional development for the pharmacist and support emergency and urgent care services in primary and secondary care settings for the benefit of patients.

We advise you to work with your line manager, head of department and emergency/acute medicine/urgent care team to agree strategic support for this new, extended role for pharmacists working in the emergency, acute medicine or urgent care setting. 

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

Only students registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council are eligible for this course. Overseas students with registration who work in the UK will be eligible for this course, but will pay the international fee.

Disclosure and Barring Service check

You will undertake a DBS check as part of our requirements for entry to the course (the cost of this is included in your course fees).


This course aims to:

  • provide you with the skills to independently evaluate and assess patients who present to the emergency department, acute medicine or urgent care setting;
  • enable you to independently recommend and/or prescribe appropriate medicines for patients who present to the emergency department, acute medicine or urgent care setting;
  • enhance your knowledge and skills in the evaluation and application of knowledge of best evidence-based practice to implement appropriate assessment and care for the emergency, acute medicine or urgent care patient.

Teaching and learning

February 2019 cohort teaching dates

Teaching (9am-5:30pm)

  • Thursday 14th and Friday 15th February 2019
  • Thursday 28th and Friday 29th March 2019
  • Thursday 25th and Friday 26th April 2019
  • Thursday 16th and Friday 17th May 2019


  • Thursday 4th July 2019

Coursework and assessment

We will assess your progress through:

  • a reflective practice e-portfolio;
  • a two-hour OSCE exam;
  • a patient case presentation;
  • sign-off by emergency department consultant to confirm satisfactory completion of 15 days of practice-based learning.

Course content

There are two core units:

  • Advanced Clinical Assessment (mandatory) - 15 credits

This unit aims to develop enhanced knowledge and skills in the evaluation and application of knowledge of best evidence-based practice to implement appropriate assessment and care for the emergency, acute medicine and urgent care patient.

You will acquire the understanding and skills required to undertake and order a range of common practical assessment skills and diagnostic tests used in the emergency department, acute medicine and urgent care setting.

Your skills in interpreting results of commonly used diagnostic tests in the emergency department, acute medicine and urgent care setting will also be developed.

  • Emergency Medicine (mandatory) - 15 credits

The unit introduces you to the underpinning knowledge and understanding of the assessment and the management of patients who are requiring urgent care.

Working in the clinical environment (emergency department, acute medicine or urgent care setting), this unit will build on existing knowledge of the use of a structured and systematic approach in the assessment of the urgent care patient, identifying the need for physiological and holistic care.

CPD opportunities

Our course will contribute to your annual continuing professional development (CPD) programme as part of the requirements for registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

Career opportunities

Our course offers career progression for experienced pharmacists to manage patients in the emergency department or acute medicine setting in addition to working as a member of the multidisciplinary emergency, acute medicine or urgent care team.

Visit the PG Credit Advanced Clinical Skills (Short Course) page on the University of Manchester website for more details!




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