Taught course

Independent Prescribing

University of Birmingham · Department of Pharmacology

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Entry requirements

Learn more via the entry requirements page.

Months of entry

March, September

Course content

This multi-professional course is currently open to pharmacists, physiotherapists, podiatrists, nurses and midwives.

At Masters Level you are expected to act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks. You will need to demonstrate that you are able to systematically deal with complex issues and make sound judgements, sometimes in the absence of incomplete data.

The course adopts a blended learning approach including interactive face-to-face study days, case studies, discussions and on-line learning. Teaching also includes working with simulated patients to develop communication and clinical skills. Your development is supported by learning in practice under the supervision of your designated medical practitioner (DMP). You should be spending at least 50% of your supervised learning in practice time with your DMP. Time with any other practitioners can support your learning and should be agreed in advance with your DMP.

There is a strong emphasis on self-directed learning to ensure that the content is related to your area of practice. The blending learning approach allows flexibility in managing your learning to fit in with professional and personal commitments.

There are a variety of assessment methods to ensure safe and effective practice. These include a case presentation, written assessments, calculations assessment, OSCE (objective structured clinical examinations) and completion of a structured learning and reflective portfolio.

The calculations assessment is a ‘must pass’ component of the course. Due to current Nursing and Midwifery Council regulatory requirements the pass mark is 100%. You can access examples of the types of questions you may encounter.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Cert
    part time
    6 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)121 415 3387