Taught course

Pharmacist Independent Prescribing

Cardiff University · Welsh School of Pharmacy

Entry requirements

Applicants should be a registered pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council. You should also hold an English GCSE Grade C or above and have at least 2 years appropriate patient orientated experience as a qualified pharmacist. Applicants must have an up to date DBS check.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme is managed by the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Studies and runs concurrently with the School of Healthcare Studies (available to nurses, midwives and allied healthcare professionals), taking advantage of the multidisciplinary learning this provides. Sections of the programme will be taught to pharmacists, nurses and allied health professionals collectively, thus facilitating supportive networking, and a pooling of experiences.

Course Aims

Pharmacist Independent prescribing aims to provide patients with quicker and more efficient access to medicines and to make the best use of the skills of pharmacists. This forms part of the National Health Service modernisation agenda as recommended in the Crown Report published in 1999 (Review of Prescribing Supply and Administration of Medicines).

Since commencing the first training programme in 2004, more than 275 pharmacists and nurses have successfully achieved Independent Prescriber status. The next Pharmacist Independent Prescribing module is scheduled to start in autumn 2015. Those qualifying from this course will be able to practice as Independent Prescribers.

This educational and assessment programme will prepare pharmacists for registration as Independent Prescribers with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

For more information please click here http://courses.cardiff.ac.uk/postgraduate/course/detail/p238.html

Information for international students

Applicants whose first language is not English must obtain at least a score of 6.5 in the IELTS exams.

Qualification and course duration


full time
7 months

Course contact details

Dr Karen Hodson
+44 (029) 2087 5806