The PGDip Foundation Pharmacy practice is a workplace-based programme, aligned to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Foundation Pharmacy Framework, which allows pharmacists to develop their clinical and service skills.
This collaborative programme between local NHS pharmacy services and the University provides pharmacy practice training that is responsive to the UK government's national objectives.
Training is aligned to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Foundation Pharmacy Framework, and your learning will reflect the local context in which pharmacists work, and the changing needs of patients.
This is a workplace-based learning programme and placements are part of your employment prior to enrolment. You will be taught through blended learning which combines face-to-face with online study. The School of Pharmacy has a clinical skills lab where you will undertake OSCEs.
You may be sponsored by your employer or may choose to self-fund. If you are being sponsored you should ensure funding is in place prior to submitting an application as places cannot be held in the event of funding not being secured.
There is flexibility within the programme. You may choose to exit the programme with the PGCert and/or take a break prior to starting the PGDip. The programme is part of the Joint Programmes Board (JPB) partners group and there is flexible movement of students who complete the PGCert to study in other local HEIs.
Entry requirements: A pharmacy degree (BSc, BPharm, or MPharm), registration as a practising pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council and a practice-base. The programme is suitable for pharmacist’s working in primary or secondary care.
The requirement of the course is that you have an assigned tutor/supervisor in the workplace.
What will you study?
There are four compulsory modules:
Introduction to foundation pharmacy practice
Literature searching and evaluation
Practice-based audit or service evaluation
Service improvement and innovation
How much will it cost?
New UK/EU students: £1,350 per year
New international students: £1,350 per year
The fees listed are for full-time study, unless otherwise stated, and relate to courses starting in the 2019/20 academic year. Fee information will be confirmed in offer letters sent out to successful applicants. You can find further information on fees and funding, including for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.
What career can you have?
Students have been successful in getting promotions to more senior roles across primary and secondary care.