Taught course

Prescribing Studies (Independent Prescribing)

Keele University · School of Pharmacy

Entry requirements

Only pharmacists with 2 years post-registration experience in a UK pharmacy setting are eligible to apply for a place on this course.

The entrance requirements are stipulated by the GPhC and the University. All entrants to the Keele University Independent Prescribing Preparatory Course must meet the following requirements:

  1. Current registration with GPhC &/or PSNI as a practising pharmacist
  2. Have at least two years appropriate patient orientated experience practising in a hospital, community or primary care setting following their pre-registration year;
  3. Identify an area of clinical practice and need in which to develop their prescribing skills;
  4. Have up-to-date clinical, pharmacological and pharmaceutical knowledge relevant to their intended area of prescribing practice;
  5. Able to provide written endorsement from an appropriate medical practitioner (the 'designated medical practitioner' - DMP) that s/he will supervise the 'learning in practice' element of the Course, in the clinical area in which the pharmacist intends to prescribe independently immediately on qualification;
  6. Demonstrate how they reflect on their own performance and take responsibility for their own CPD;
  7. Demonstrate how they will develop their own networks for support, reflection and learning, including prescribers from other professions.

Months of entry

August, March

Course content

In 2006 legislation was passed that permitted appropriately qualified pharmacists to assume the role of Independent Prescriber. This was an extension of prescribing rights from the initial supplementary prescribing role that many pharmacists had been fulfilling since 2004.

Pharmacists who wish to take on the prescribing role must complete an education programme that fulfils the requirements stipulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

Our preparatory course for pharmacist independent prescribers is an integral part of our Postgraduate Diploma/MSc programme in Prescribing Studies. It provides the 60 Masters level academic credits that are needed for the academic award of Certificate in Prescribing Studies, and these credits can be used towards the achievement of the Diploma/MSc award. On successful completion of the course you will be eligible to register with the GPhC to carry out an Independent Prescribing and/or Supplementary Prescribing role; and will also be awarded the Certificate in Prescribing Studies (Independent Prescribing) postgraduate University award.

Choice and flexibility are key features of the School of Pharmacy Postgraduate programmes. The Independent Prescribing course may also be used towards a Diploma in Clinical or Community Pharmacy, the Diploma in Prescribing Studies or an Advanced Practitioner award.


Qualification and course duration


distance learning
6 months


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

Course contact details

Mrs Linda Foster
01782 734117