Research course

Pharmacy (DPharm)

Institution
Keele University · School of Pharmacy
Qualifications
Doctorate

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Entry requirements

Candidates for the DPharm programme must be pharmacists or pharmacy technicians who are registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and working full or part-time in an appropriate organisation where they are permitted to conduct work-based research and evaluation. In addition, candidates must have a:

  • Postgraduate Master’s degree in a relevant subject, or
  • MPharm, minimum 2:1, and a postgraduate pharmacy diploma, or
  • Postgraduate pharmacy diploma and evidence of experience of professional practice research or evaluation (e.g. postgraduate Certificate in Research and Evaluation, published papers), at the discretion of the programme manager* or
  • Senior practitioner with evidence of an advanced practice role and/or evidence of experience of pharmacy practice research or evaluation (e.g. postgraduate Certificate in Research and Evaluation, published papers), at the discretion of the programme manager*.

*Candidates unable to provide evidence will normally be able to complete relevant research and advanced practice development modules to be eligible for entry if necessary. In any case, please contact the Programme Manager or Programme Co-ordinator/Administrator for a chat to discuss your options.

Months of entry

October

Course content

A professional doctorate provides a programme of advanced study and research, equally rigorous to the purely research oriented PhD. The taught modules aim to develop practitioners’ skills and knowledge in the key areas of advanced practice needed for career development whilst the research component builds research skills and other transferable skills such as project management, problem solving, information management and academic writing.

The DPharm utilises the expertise of the postgraduate team at Keele’s School of Pharmacy (CPD4ALL) who have been delivering advanced practice programmes and supporting postgraduate research, scholarship and evaluation since 2007. The DPharm will provide the opportunity for pharmacists to achieve the highest academic qualification that is directly related to their professional practice and career development.

Within the DPharm programme structure, students may also choose to exit at key points (e.g. Certificate, Diploma or MSc) prior to completing the professional doctorate. This design is intended to provide flexibility for professionals studying whilst working in practice.

Information for international students

International applications may be accepted at the discretion of the programme manager. Please contact us to discuss the suitability of the course for your professional development. Potential overseas candidates should bear in mind that there are compulsory study days requiring attendance at the Keele campus in all years of the programme.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENT

If English is not your first language, you must either:

Hold a degree from a school where English was the language of instruction

OR

Take the IELTS (average of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all categories)

Please note that IETLS exams must be no more than two years old at the start of the course for which you have applied.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Doctorate
    part time
    48-96 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    Within the DPharm programme structure, students may also choose to exit at key points (e.g. Certificate, Diploma or MSc) prior to completing the professional doctorate. This design is intended to provide flexibility for professionals studying whilst working in practice.

Course contact details

Name
Dr Alison Gifford
Email
a.j.gifford@keele.ac.uk