Taught course

Non-Medical Prescribing

University of Derby · College of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

Have a professional qualification (Diploma, Degree or equivalent). Demonstrate the ability to study at academic level 6. Applicants wishing to undertake the programme at academic level 7 (post-graduate) should provide evidence of a first degree. Be able to demonstrate approval and support from your employer/sponsor, including confirmation that you’ll have appropriate supervised practice in the clinical area in which you are expected to of course fees. Have an approved medical practitioner, normally recognised by the employing/Health Service commissioning organisation as having experience in a relevant field of practice and training and experience in the supervision support and assessment of trainees. Have appropriate background knowledge and experience. If you work in nursing, midwifery and health visiting, you must: Hold a current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council; Be professionally practising in a post relevant for independent and supplementary prescribing; Have a minimum of at least 3 years relevant post registration experience; You must be working in the area for which you intend to prescribe to for at least one year before applying for this course. If you work in the allied health professions, you must: Be registered with the Health Professions Council in one of the relevant allied health professions; Be professionally practising in an environment where there is an identified need for you to regularly use supplementary prescribing; Normally have at least 3 years relevant post-qualification experience. If you work in pharmacy, you must: Be registered with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain or with the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland; Be professionally practising in an environment where there is an identified need for the individual to regularly use supplementary prescribing Normally have at least 2 years post-registration experience. EU/International students entry requirements as above, but you'll need to be employed in a relevant health care position in the UK.


Months of entry


Course content

This innovative and flexible professional programme enables nurses,pharmacists, physiotherapists and podiatrists to:

  • gain the skills and knowledge to practice and develop as a Non-medical Prescriber;
  • apply learned theory to practice and improve career prospects;
  • facilitate inter-professional learning, that reflects innovation and responsiveness to Government legislation;
  • Engage professionals in the field both in practice and in the university setting;
  • enable you to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, on a programme that meets professional need.

Fees and funding

UK students
£700 per 20 credits

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

College of Health and Social Care
+44 (0)1332 591703