Taught course

Medicines Optimisation

University of Kent · Medway School of Pharmacy

Entry requirements

A first degree in a relevant subject from an EU university; equivalent qualifications from a non-EU university may be acceptable, but their comparability will be assessed on an individual basis; or at least five years of working experience in health care after obtaining a relevant professional qualification. Students must also be registered with the relevant UK professional body and practising in the UK, preferably within the National Health Service.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.

Months of entry


Course content

The Medway School of Pharmacy’s innovative postgraduate distance-learning programme in Medicines Optimisation equips healthcare professionals with the skills and knowledge to contribute effectively to medicines management services and to individual drug therapy decisions.

The programme emphasises clinical and cost-effective prescribing in the context of holistic consideration of patient needs, and one of its pathways offers you the chance to qualify as an independent/supplementary prescriber.

Course structure

You can register for the full MSc programme or undertake stand-alone modules. Modules can be put together to form a short course programme. Module length varies from five to 15 credits.

For the PCert, you must complete 60 credits, of which at least 20 must be from core modules. Diploma students must complete 120 credits, of which at least 40 credits must be from core modules. To gain the MSc, you must complete a 60-credit research project, write a dissertation and present the results as a poster.

Information for international students

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

Fees and funding

Please visit our funding web pages for the most current opportunities and application details.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    12-72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    12-72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MSc
    part time
    12-72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    One to six years part time, flexible learning.

Course contact details

Medway School of Pharmacy
+44 (0)1634 202935