Taught course

Independent and Supplementary Prescribing

University of Reading · Reading School of Pharmacy

Entry requirements

Evidence of meeting GPhC or NMC entry criteria.

Months of entry

January, June

Course content

The University of Reading has an established reputation for research into the application of chemical, pharmaceutical and pharmacological expertise to areas of therapeutic and biological importance. There is a collaborative environment across the University. In particular, the School of Pharmacy has become integrated with the Brain Embodiment Laboratory (BEL) following a £300,000 investment to establish electrophysiology/tissue culture facilities and expand collaborations with computational neuroscientists.

We have a range of fantastic research facilities, including the £4 million Chemical Analysis Facility. This provides access to a wide range of modern equipment and expertise essential for modern chemical and pharmaceutical research and our burgeoning activity at the chemistrybiology interface. Strong links with industry allow access to industrial laboratories and facilities to support your research. Many of our staff hold external appointments at various national and international research committees, which provide additional opportunities for participation in conferences and other networking events.

Centre for Inter-Professional Postgraduate Education and Training (CIPPET)

This Centre responds to the current and emerging needs of pharmacists and related healthcare workers. This is achieved through the provision of a taught inter-professional programme for prescribing, competency assessment, the advanced community pharmacy services of Medicines Use Review (MUR), and taught, distance or work-based learning support for Continuing Professional Development up to master’s level.

  • Enables practitioners to become independent nonmedical prescribers.
  • Part-time postgraduate programme.
  • Choice of weekday or weekend study days.
  • Meets the standards set by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Reading School of Pharmacy has excellent links with industry, from the big pharma to small and medium-sized enterprises. Many of our graduates go on to work in industry and as researchers at NHS organisations.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
6 months

Course contact details