Part Time: 36 months | 18 months if applying for the PGDip modules only and already have a comparable PGCert
Start date: October and April
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.
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. View our PGCert Foundation Pharmacy Practice page for more information on the qualification.
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.
Required documents to be submitted with application are found in the 'Entry requirements' section below, along with information about how to apply online.
If you are interested in applying after the deadline, please contact email@example.com - sometimes we can operate a waiting list in case applicants withdraw at the last minute.
Before you apply:
1. Confirm you meet the professional entry requirements:
A pharmacy degree (BSc, BPharm, or MPharm).
Registration as a practising pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council.
A practice-base with access to a workplace educational supervisor (the programme is suitable for pharmacists working in primary or secondary care), you should discuss your application with your manager prior to applying as workplace based support is essential to the programme.
2. For entry directly to the PGDip modules, you need at least 60 academic credits at a level 7 of an equivalent and comparable programme. To have your previous academic credits recognised, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your case before making an application.
This 60 credit module enables pharmacists to practise and develop as prescribers and to meet the standards set by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), which will enable them to apply for annotation to the register to practise as independent prescribers.
Please note that modules are subject to change.
PGDip with prescribing (from Spring 2020)
Subject to approval by the GPhC we will offer an amended modular structure from Spring 2020. For more information on this option, please contact the foundation programme admissions tutor at email@example.com.
How much will it cost?
New UK/EU students: £1,350 for the 60 credit module per year
New international students: £ per year
Further UK/EU fees:
New UK/EU students (PGDip): £450 for each 20-credit module
Applicants can be fully or partly sponsored by their employer to undertake the programme. There is information on how to provide proof of sponsorship in the 'Entry requirements' section above.
For all other potential HEE sponsorship/commissioned options, please contact your local HEE Branch Educational Commission Manager.
What career can you have?
Our programmes are based on developing your professional competence and confidence. Network with other healthcare professionals from a range of employers and sectors to identify future career options. You can use your academic credits towards our MSc in Advancing Healthcare Practice programme to further your academic study.
We can offer advice to help you meet your professional regulator revalidation requirements, and/or leadership body credentialing processes, and support you in building a personal learning plan to enhance your career prospects.