Taught course

Prescribing for Pharmacists

Queen's University Belfast · School of Pharmacy

Entry requirements

A primary degree in Pharmacy (minimum Bachelor degree) from an institution approved by the University.

Additionally all students must:

  • Be registered as a pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI).
  • Be in good standing with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and/or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and any other healthcare regulator with which they are registered.
  • Have at least two years' appropriate patient-orientated experience in a relevant UK practice setting post registration.
  • Have an identified area of clinical or therapeutic practice in which to develop independent prescribing practice. They must also have relevant clinical or therapeutic experience in that area*.
  • Have a medically qualified designated prescribing practitioner (DPP) who has agreed to supervise their learning in practice*.

* Further guidance on the type of experience and DPP requirements will be provided when applying for this programme.

Months of entry


Course content

Do you want to advance your pharmacy career by becoming a non-medical prescriber?

This programme is accredited by both the General Pharmaceutical Council and Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland to train pharmacists as non-medical prescribers.

Students undertake online and work-based training and assessment in addition to a 5-day clinical skills residential in our Clinical Skills Centre on-campus in Belfast.

This programme has been developed to train pharmacists in Great Britain as non-medical prescribers.

If you are employed as a pharmacist in Northern Ireland and wish to train as a non-medical prescriber, please visit our PG Cert in Independent Prescribing.

Information for international students

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

For non-native English Language speakers, evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years). Note: this programme is only open to students who are resident in Great Britain.

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Dr Brian McCaw
+44 (0)28 9097 2004