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PgDip Pharmacy - Overseas Pharmacists Assessment Programme (OSPAP)

Why choose Herts?

  • Professional Accreditations: Accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). Graduates start foundation training then sit the national registration assessment, which leads to UK registration as a pharmacist.
  • Work-placement Opportunities: 100% of students in previous years have gained a foundation training placement. This course includes a secondary care facility visit and a primary care placement.
  • Strong Industry Connections: We have strong links with local NHS healthcare organisations who provide placement opportunities and specialist clinical teaching.

Professional Accreditations

General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)

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 postgraduate diploma starting during September and ending in June. Learning and 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 OSPAP aims to prepare you for UK practice and entry to foundation training year. Whilst at the University, you will be expected to act professionally and in agreement with the Standards for Pharmacy Professionals and GPhC Fitness to Practise standards. You can read these guidelines on the GPhC website.

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Why choose this course?

  • 1st for Biosciences in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES, Advance HE, 2023)
  • Bespoke programme with high levels of contact from industry experts, experienced practising clinicians and patients
  • Excellent facilities including our simulated suite comprising a community pharmacy, adult and paediatric wards and specialist labs
  • Placements and visits in secondary and primary healthcare facilities
  • Interprofessional learning opportunities
  • Support for your foundation training year which follows on from the OSPAP
  • Friendly and supportive staff, as well as personalised support from your personal tutor
  • Active Pharmacy Society and students’ attendance in national and local Pharmacy events such as Clinical Pharmacy Congress is facilitated by the teaching team
  • University is well placed geographically and has strong links with local healthcare providers and pharmaceutical industries.

What will I study?

Teaching during the academic year is divided into two terms. During the programme, you will be taught and learn via a range of techniques, including formal lectures, laboratory-based classes, on-line discussions, workshops, tutorials and simulation. You will develop a wide range of academic and practical skills such as written and verbal communication, teamwork and leadership capabilities, critical evaluation, clinical judgement, and organisational skills. You will be expected to submit a variety of assignments and sit assessments regularly, as required on each module, in order to meet the specified learning outcomes of the programme.

  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Pharmaceutical Sciences and Therapeutics 2 (OSPAP) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Medicines and Pharmacy Practice (OSPAP) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Preparation for Practice (OSPAP) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Study Skills and Practice Orientation (OSPAP) 0 Credits Compulsory
    Pharmaceutical Sciences and Therapeutics 1 (OSPAP) 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Key staff

    Admissions tutor Dr Eman Al-Saeed

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    Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    PgDip Pharmacy - Overseas Pharmacists Assessment Programme (OSPAP) Download
    PgDip Pharmacy (Overseas Pharmacists Assessment Programme) Download
    Programme specifications
    PgDip Pharmacy - Overseas Pharmacists Assessment Programme (OSPAP) Download
    PgDip Pharmacy (Overseas Pharmacists Assessment Programme) Download
    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year


    Applications open to international and EU students


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