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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    PG Cert: 1 year, PG Dip: 2 years, MSc: 3 years

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip, PgCert

  • Course Fees

    Please see website

  • Last Updated

    24 April 2018

Course content

A part time, modular postgraduate course for qualified pharmacists working in community, primary care or general practice who wish to develop excellent clinical knowledge and consultation skills. This programme of study can incorporate pharmacist independent prescribing. 

Key benefits

  • We are ranked seventh in the world for Pharmacy & Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017)
  • Clinical experts and experienced academic staff lead our teaching, and combine university-based study days with work-based learning.
  • Course content and assessments will reflect the most up-to-date practices which will support service development in your workplace.
  • There is an opportunity to gain a Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (NB additional competitive entry criteria apply).
  • We are part of King’s Heath Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC), a pioneering collaboration between us, Guy’s, St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospitals and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts.
  • As an accredited Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Foundation School, students who are RPS members have the opportunity to complete the RPS Foundation Training Programme.


Pharmacists are increasingly recognised as core providers of services relating to medicines use, disease management and health promotion. Our part-time postgraduate Pharmacy Practice programme, designed specifically for qualified pharmacists working in community, primary care or general practice, will provide students with excellent clinical knowledge and consultation skills.

On completion of the course, students will be able to confidently deliver safe, efficient and effective patient care that meets the health needs of their local population. Students will also develop their knowledge and understanding of health beliefs and adherence, public health policy and strategic service development. They will be supported to engage effectively with commissioning groups, develop partnerships with GPs and implement successful pharmacy services that respond to the needs of patients and commissioners.

The course is modular, allowing students to undertake modules according to personal interests, CPD requirements or service development needs. In combination, completion of modules leads to the award of an academic qualification. Most students continue to work full time in addition to attending the course.

Course format and assessment


Taught classes are held on alternate Wednesdays at the Franklin Wilkins Building, Waterloo campus. Two modules are delivered each semester over five days. A further two days are allocated for face-to-face module assessments.

Modules are offered on a two-yearly cycle. The order in which the modules are undertaken therefore depends on the point of entry into the programme. Contact the course leader if you require specific information about a module.

 Modules are taught by expert academic staff and experienced clinical practitioners who are leaders in their field within both primary and secondary care. A variety of teaching methods are used including:

  • presentations
  • tutorials
  • workshops 
  • case studies

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Each 15 credit module represents 150 hours of student endeavour typically comprising of:

  • 15 contact hours
  • 15 hours of preparation for the group seminars
  • five hours of support and assessment
  • 75 hours of application within their clinical setting – including undertaking of clinically related tasks
  • 40 hours is to cover broader reading and engagement with clinical aspects of the work.


Assessments are congruent with the roles of pharmacists in practice and are designed to evaluate the practitioner’s professional competencies relating to patient consultation, clinical decision making and pharmaceutical expertise. A variety of assessment methods are utilised:

  • consultation skills assessments
  • case based discussions
  • written tasks (e.g. therapeutic review, critique of public health policy )
  • portfolio reviews

A portfolio of evidence must be submitted at the end of each semester to demonstrate learning, reflection and the application of skills and knowledge in practice. 

  • Written reflective accounts of cases or patient interventions
  • Written critical reflection of a risk framework
  • Design of an adherence strategy
  • Oral presentation of a consultation framework or a case study
  • Written report of a business proposal
  • Observed Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

Extra information

Independent Prescribing

The 60 credit Independent Prescribing module (accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council) can be taken as part of the Diploma or MSc programmes. Additional entry criteria apply. Full details are available here.

Please note that you cannot take the Independent Prescribing module while you are undertaking other Pharmacy Practice modules.

Career prospects

On completion of this programme pharmacists will be equipped to deliver pharmacy services in the community to a high standard, in line with the demands of the changing NHS. Students may also be able to move into the provision of pharmaceutical and prescribing advice in primary care.

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