Taught course

Non-Medical Prescribing

Cardiff University · School of Healthcare Science

Entry requirements

The course is suitable for registered nurses, midwives, pharmacists and allied health professionals who wish to be trained as independent/supplementary prescribers. Applicants should usually have a good first degree and a minimum of 2-3 years clinical experience (dependent on profession), and evidence of further study.

Students wishing to enrol on the programme will need to:

  • be currently registered with the NMC, RPSGB or HCPC;
  • have at least two years appropriate patient orientated experience as a qualified pharmacist, OR have at least three years appropriate patient orientated experience as a qualified nurse, midwife or allied health professional;
  • identify a potential Designated Supervising Medical Practitioner clinical area in which to develop your skills;
  • have practised in your proposed field of prescribing for at least 1 year (nurses/midwives/allied health professionals) immediately preceding your application;
  • demonstrate how you reflect on your own performance and take responsibility for your own CPD;
  • demonstrate how you will develop your own networks for support, including prescribers from other professions;
  • satisfy the English Language requirements for entry to the university by attainment of a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS no more than 3 years before the proposed date of entry (if English or Welsh is not your first language).

Months of entry


Course content

This part-time course is designed to prepare nurses, midwives, physiotherapists, podiatrists and therapeutic radiographers to practise as independent prescribers, meeting standards set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), and the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).

The programme is a pathway through the MSc in Advanced Practice, enabling you to qualify as a non-medical prescriber alongside a programme of study that will develop your critical analysis and personal reflection skills.

You can take this courses as a stand-alone postgraduate certificate or as part of the MSc Advanced Practice Non-medical Prescribing.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    6 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions Team
+44 (0)29 2068 7538