PgDip Pharmacy (Overseas Pharmacists Assessment Programme) PgDip

Available to non EU students

About the course


This course is for overseas (non-EEA) pharmacists who wish to convert their existing qualifications so they can practice as a pharmacist in Great Britain.
The University of Hertfordshire OSPAP is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

The Overseas Pharmacy Assessment Programme (OSPAP) is a full-time programme starting during September and ending in May. The teaching is undertaken over a 3 day week during the academic year which is divided into two terms.  

The OSPAP will give you an insight into the way the National Health Service in the UK operates, inform you of the health regulatory laws and professional codes pharmacists must abide by, in addition to allowing you to integrate science based knowledge, such as pharmaceutics and microbiology, into clinical and patient focused settings.

The programme aims to prepare you for professional practice as safe, knowledgeable and up to date pharmacists. Whilst at the University you will be expected to act professionally and in agreement with the student Code of Conduct and GPhC Fitness to Practise standards. You can read these guidelines on the GPhC website.

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Why choose this course?

  • Excellent facilities including a simulated pharmacy and refurbished labs. See our virtual tour of our new science building
  • Placements and visits in hospital, industry and community pharmacy
  • Interprofessional learning opportunities
  • Regular promotion of pre-registration employment opportunities as well as support for your pre-registration year
  • Friendly and supportive staff
  • Active Pharmacy Society
  • Encouraged attendance at local Pharmacy events such as the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Local Practice Forum
  • University is well placed geographically and has strong links with local healthcare providers and pharmaceutical industries
  • Opportunity to upgrade to an  MSc degree

How to apply

Please follow the information in the ‘Entry Requirements’ section below.  Please do not apply directly to the University of Hertfordshire.

Contact us: For more information please contact Susanna Mason admissions tutor:

Entry requirements...

In order to enter the Overseas Pharmacist Assessment Programme (OSPAP), you must first successfully complete the adjudication process of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) You can visit the GPhC website and check the details of how to apply, necessary documentation and evidence required.

Once you have been approved by the GPhC you may apply to this university via the GPhC. They will require the following documents to send to us:

1) A copy of your GPhC approved adjudication letter.
2) An authenticated photo of yourself.
3) A copy of your IELTS certificate with a minimum score of 7.0 in each element of the test achieved at one sitting.
4) A letter of good standing from the police or a CRB form (if available).

Without documents 1-3 your application will NOT be processed.

After receipt of these documents from the GPhC you will be sent application details directly from the university. We will invite applicants to visit us (in person or via Skype) for an informal discussion about your work experiences and interest in pharmacy.  This will also give you the opportunity to ask us any questions you may have about the course or the university and view the Department.  A successful candidate will have a demonstrable ability in both English Language and numeracy.  It is beneficial to have some patient facing experience.  


After completing the OSPAP Diploma and successfully passing the subsequent GPhC pre-registration pharmacist training year, you will be able to register and practice as a UK qualified pharmacist in various environments, (including community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy industrial or academic establishments), undertaking a diverse array of challenging roles.

You are strongly advised to check the latest visa details or changes on the Home Office website and UK Border Agency website regarding working in the UK. This is very important as you will need to work as a pre-registration Pharmacist for 12 months after successfully completing the OSPAP course. Whilst every effort will be made to guide you through the application process, including assistance with interview skills and CV writing, please be aware that it is not the University's responsibility to secure you a pre-registration position.

Teaching methods

Teaching during the academic year is divided into two terms, with written assessment papers at the end of the academic year (May/June). During the programme, you will be taught and learn via a range of techniques, including formal lectures, laboratory based classes, on-line discussions, tutorials and simulation. You will develop a wide range of academic and practical skills such as written and verbal communication, team work and leadership capabilities, critical evaluation, clinical judgement and organisational skills. You will be expected to submit a variety of assignments regularly, as required by each module leader, in order to meet the specified learning outcomes of the programme.

Work Placement

As part of the OSPAP you will have the opportunity to undertake short, supervised, hospital and industry visits and community pharmacy placements as part of your study modules. This practical component will require a letter of good standing from the police authorities in your country of origin if you have not been in the UK for at least 6 months. If you have been in the UK for at least 6 months you will need to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) application form. In all cases students will be expected to attend our Occupational Health Department and receive any necessary vaccinations prior to attending placements.

Professional Accreditations

General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)


Year 1

Core Modules

  • Medicines and Pharmacy Practice (OSPAP)

  • Pharmaceutical Sciences and Therapeutics 1 (OSPAP)

  • Pharmaceutical Sciences and Therapeutics 2 (OSPAP)

  • Preparation for Practice (OSPAP)

  • Study Skills and Practice Orientation (OSPAP)

    This module will develop the student's ability to adapt their learning style and orientate them to the various methods of learning provided in the course. The student will also develop personal and inter-personal skills such as: time management, organisational and reflective practice skills to meet the requirements of all modules. The module will explore learning styles, methods of assessment and teaching methods and how these contribute to developing oral and written communication skills. The module will be a foundation for further continuing professional development and also introduce the student to the competencies required at preregistration level.


Fees & funding

Fees 2016

UK/EU Students

International Students

Full time: £10,500 for the 2016 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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How to apply


Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/201627/05/2017Apply online (Full Time)


Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/201727/05/2018Apply online (Full Time)