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General Pharmacy Practice, PGCert/PGDip/MSc

Course Description

The PG Certificate/Diploma programme aims to provide general-level pharmacists, registered with the GPhC and working within the NHS, with the core skills and competencies required to provide holistic pharmaceutical care in the practice setting.

The programme aligns with a nationally agreed pharmacy practitioner development strategy and is the result of a unique collaboration of higher education institutions across London and the south and east of England.

The programme develops the practitioner student's underpinning knowledge and skills in clinical pharmacy practice and medicines management.

The programme works on a philosophy of student-centred workplace learning, supported by workbooks and learning sets facilitated by experienced pharmacy practitioners. The practitioner students are expected to take responsibility for managing their learning and achieving the course objectives in support of their CPD.

Completing the practice elements of the PG Certificate/Diploma programme leads to an academic award and the award of a Statement of Completion of General Pharmacist Training from an accredited training centre. In the MSc programme, you will complete a research project, supported by academics with expertise in practice research. You will gain expertise in research techniques, you will be supported to write a protocol and complete either an NHS or University Ethics application and to collect and analyse your data.

The aims of the PG Certificate and PG Diploma are:

- To enable you to apply appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes in order to carry out effectively the role of the general pharmacist practitioner within your pharmacy practice base and wider healthcare teams

- To enable you to carry out effective consultations with patients respecting their diverse needs and with regard to confidentiality and consent

- To enable you to identify, prioritise and resolve complex pharmaceutical care issues

- To enable you to apply knowledge of pathophysiology, pharmacology and the clinical use of drugs and therapeutic guidelines to the treatment of common disease states

- To enable you to access, gather, interpret, critically evaluate and summarise medicines information

- To enable you to monitor the quality of services provided, identify, prioritise and resolve significant medicines management issues and monitor and evaluate outcomes

- To enable you to establish population health needs and apply specialist pharmaceutical knowledge to public health issues.

The aims of the MSc are:

- To investigate a topic in depth
- To evaluate current practice or a new service
- To publish research and advance knowledge in pharmacy practice
- To develop skills you require for the RPS Advanced Pharmacy Framework
- To inspire you and others in your workplace to carry out much needed practice research
- To support your future career and to help you explore new career paths.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/pha/gpp


We offer a wide range of postgraduate programmes and courses for pharmacists and other health-care professionals. Our Medway School of Pharmacy is a unique collaboration between the Universities of Greenwich and Kent. We have designed innovative patient focused programmes to address the needs of healthcare professionals. A significant investment in facilities and equipment has allowed us to embark on our objective of establishing an internationally recognised research reputation based on multidisciplinary team work.

What you'll study

- Practitioner development and establishing your professional and clinical practice (PG Cert) (60 credits)

- Module A: Developing self, others and your operational management skills (PG Dip) (30 credits)

- Module B: Ensuring patient safety and a quality service (PG Dip) (30 Credits)

- Research project consisting of thesis, poster presentation and personal reflections (MSc) (60 credits)

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:
- Postgraduate finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/pg)
- International students' finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/international)


Students are assessed through objective structured clinical examination, multiple-choice questions, assignments, a literature review, an audit, a change management project and a competency-based portfolio review.

Professional recognition

Completion of the practice elements of the course leads to the award of the Certificate of Completion of General Pharmacist Training from an accredited training centre.

Career options

This programme provides progression for pharmacists towards advanced practitioner status.

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

Visit the General Pharmacy Practice, PGCert/PGDip/MSc page on the University of Greenwich website for more details!

Student Profiles

Fast Forward Master's Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Our Fast Forward Master's Scholarship will provide £5000 support which can be taken either as a discount from the normal fee or a cash bursary.Up to 80 scholarships will be available across the university.Criteria and who can apply?- Final year University of Greenwich home undergraduates (subject to a simple financial means threshold details below) who are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree. Offers for the Scholarship scheme will be made conditional upon achievement of that degree outcome.- Available for part time programmes. Part time fees will be split across the first two years of study.- Students will need to have a declared household income of £40,000 or less, and will be asked to demonstrate this by providing certain information as requested by the university.- Students funded by Student Finance England (SFE) will need to ensure that SFE have "consent to share" their household income assessment with the university.- Students who receive funding from Student Finance Services European Team, Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland will be asked to by the University to provide documents from their funding provider to verify their household income.- Fees will be subject to a 5% prompt payment discount if paid in full by the end of September 2016. Other fee waivers (for example the Alumni and First Class Honours waivers) will not be payable in addition to Fast Forward Master's Scholarships.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Final year University of Greenwich home undergraduates (subject to a simple financial means threshold details below) who are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree. Offers for the Scholarship scheme will be made conditional upon achievement of that degree outcome.

Application Procedure

Before applying for this scheme you must first make an application for an eligible University of Greenwich Master's programme.Applications for Fast Forward Master's Scholarships will be addressed to check whether:- They meet the eligibility tests as summarised above and as set out more fully in the self-check eligibility test (see below)- They are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree.Those applications which pass this assessment will result in scholarship offers, on a first come/ first serve basis. These offers will be conditional on the achievement of a first or upper second class degree.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council and be working within an accredited training centre for entry to the PG Certificate. Completion of the PG Certificate General Pharmacy Practice for entry to the PG Diploma. Completion of the PG Diploma General Pharmacy Practice for entry to the MSc.

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