Entry requirements

Criteria for admission to the course will be as required by University regulations.

All the Prescribing Studies courses are open to:

  • Medical and non-medical prescribers in primary care
  • Pharmacists who are registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council, (or other equivalent regulatory body for pharmacists outside of the UK) as practising, and who regularly work in primary care providing prescribing advice
  • Other health care professionals with an interest in therapeutics and prescribing may be admitted on their perceived and potential competence to complete the course

All applicants must be working in an appropriate healthcare environment that will permit them to fulfil all the requirements of their chosen programme of study.

Months of entry


Course content

In the fast-changing world of therapeutics, prescribing and health care provision, prescribers, or those providing prescribing advice, may feel under-equipped to meet Department of Health demands and the challenges that have emerged from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). A key development for pharmacists has been the advent of independent pharmacist prescribers, new roles in medicines optimisation and supporting the management of long term conditions. Pharmacists are continually being asked to broaden their role and contribution within primary healthcare. In addition, the requirements for pharmacists to demonstrate their commitment to continual professional development is as strong as ever and is reflected in the recent General Pharmaceutical Council’s announcements regarding the assurance of the continual fitness to practice of pharmacists. Other healthcare professionals have similar requirements in relation to CPD and revalidation.

Choice and flexibility are key features of the Prescribing Studies programme. Healthcare professionals may choose different pathways to reach the awards of Certificate, Diploma and Masters to meet their own specific professional development needs and to advance their professional practice e.g. by undertaking the Independent Prescribing Preparatory Course for Pharmacists.

Fees and funding

Information on postgraduate bursaries.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
18 months


distance learning
9 months


distance learning
27 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment100

Course contact details

Mrs Linda Foster
01782 734117