You will complete a 20-credit taught module in research skills at the University, before undertaking a 40-credit research project in your place of work. This project can be fully supervised by an academic from Reading, or co-supervised by a senior colleague from your workplace.
Learning for other healthcare practitioners
If you already have a PGDip in Physician Associate Studies, Pharmacy Practice, or another healthcare-related subject, you will be able to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Successful completion of this will enable you to gain a master’s degree.
How to apply for the independent prescribing programme:
1. Confirm you meet the professional entry requirements:
2. Applicants must have a Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP) when applying and it is the responsibility of individual to secure one. Information about the role of the DMP can be found here: DMP roleOnly apply once you have a DMP and when they have confirmed they are happy to support you.
3. Confirm you are able to attend all the study days. These will be stated here once the application process is opened.
4. To apply to the programme you need to use the University’s online portal which is available at: Online application portal.
All communication from the application system is via automated email. Some NHS email servers flag these email addresses as spam, therefore we recommend using a personal email address to ensure you receive all communications at this stage.
Once you have started an application the system will email you to remind you to start and/or complete your application at regular intervals. If your account is flagged as dormant for more than three weeks your application may be automatically removed.
5. Once you have created an account, select one of the following programmes from the drop down menu of programme choices:
Graduate Certificate in Independent & Supplementary Prescribing for Nurses (Level 6)
Postgraduate Certificate in Independent & Supplementary Prescribing for Nurses (Level 7)
Postgraduate Certificate in Independent & Supplementary Prescribing for Pharmacists
6. You will need to complete all the following documents. The online system cannot accept unlimited uploads so we recommend you scan them into one document and upload this to your online application:
8.Click submit for your application to be sent for consideration.
9. All applications are considered once the deadline has closed. The higher the number of applications we receive the longer it may take to inform you of the outcome, but we aim to notify applicants if they are successful within three weeks of the closing date. In the event the course is oversubscribed we are unable to retrospectively contact applicants with missing documents. Due to the high volume of applications we are receiving at present we are unable to provide individualised feedback if you are unsuccessful.
10. If you are being sponsored you will need to upload a letter of proof of sponsorship prior to enrolment, we advise you get this letter prepared in advance. Some NHS organisations require a Purchase Order number for payment of invoices, this must be stated on this letter to ensure invoices are paid promptly.
New international students: £2,130 for Top-up per year
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.