Taught course

Advanced Pharmacy Practice

University of Central Lancashire · School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Entry requirements

  • Applicants should have a Pharmacy degree and be currently registered as a Pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council.
  • Applicants must be working in or able to access a practice environment that will enable them to meet and achieve the course learning outcomes.
  • Applications will be considered on its merits and in the light of the nature and scope of the programme.
  • IELTS: 7.0 with no component lower than 7.0.

Months of entry


Course content

About the course

This clinical programme in Advanced Pharmacy Practice is informed by the latest developments in primary and secondary care. You’ll learn how to meet the challenges of current and emerging practice roles across all healthcare sectors.

In Year 1, we’ll provide you with up-to-date information on clinical pharmacy, evidence-based medicine and public health.

Year 2 is flexible and you’ll be able to choose options to suit your interests. These include modules on: Integrated Care, Acute and Emergency Care, Mental Health, Leadership and Management, as well as a qualification as an Independent Prescriber.

Your different options for this programme include:

  • 2 years PGDip (with independent prescribing)
  • 2 years PGDip (without independent prescribing)
  • 3 years MSc (with independent prescribing)
  • 3 years MSc (without independent prescribing)


  • Learn from practitioners who are experts in their field, as well as academic staff who will deliver your specialist training.
  • You’ll gain the knowledge and skills needed to manage patients in different clinical areas.
  • You can qualify as an Independent Prescriber within our programme.


  • You will benefit from interactive online learning supplemented by face-to-face delivery on campus.
  • If you’re hospital based and complete our course, you’ll be in a position to progress to a higher AfC banding.
  • If you’re a community practitioner, our qualification equips you to potentially move in to a more practice-based or GP-patient facing role.


Our course is delivered through blended learning, using a variety of methods and online platforms supplemented with face-to-face delivery on our campus.

Where face-to-face sessions are scheduled, active learning strategies will be used wherever possible. Generally, each module will be supported by a minimum of a one-day face-to-face masterclass, with the exception of the research project module and the independent prescribing module.

Face-to-face sessions are an opportunity for you to discuss with the experts in each field how patient care is maximised through real life examples.

Your assessment methods will mainly be linked to working practice and how learning has been applied into everyday practice. The range of assessment methods includes: case studies, portfolio and observed structured clinical examinations.


You may consider an alternative research opportunity with us – the MSc (by research) is very similar to a PhD, but with a research project designed to take 12 months. It’s not intended as a first step towards a PhD, but rather as an alternative to a PhD.


The Independent Prescribing element of Advanced Pharmacy Practice is subject to accreditation by the General Pharmaceutical Council.

On successful completion of this module, you’ll be awarded a practice certificate in Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists.

You’ll also be eligible to annotation on the General Pharmaceutical Council’s (GPhC) register, to act as an independent prescriber.


Completion of the programme will allow hospital-based staff to be in a position to progress to higher AfC banding. For community practitioners, the qualification equips them to potentially move in to a more practice-based/GP-patient facing role.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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