PgDip Pharmacy Practice
Why choose Herts?
- Funding Available: Funding is available from Health Education England. In addition, University of Hertfordshire graduates are eligible for a 20% discount on postgraduate study fees.
- Excellent Reputation: Experience clinical and therapeutic focused study within our internationally renowned simulation suite and teaching facilities, including Europe's largest medical simulation laboratory.
- Industry Accreditations: The curriculum follows the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Foundation Pharmacy Framework (FPF). The Pharmacist Independent Prescribing module is accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council.
Entry requirements and key information
Applicants for the PGDip Pharmacy Practice should be registered pharmacists in the UK with the General Pharmaceutical Council. Applicants must have a practice site and work-based tutor recognised by the University of Hertfordshire (transferrable within the JPB collaborative subject to approval).
School of study
School of Life and Medical Sciences
- Part Time, 2 Years
- University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield
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About the course
The programme has been designed for pharmacists wishing to develop their clinical pharmacy, therapeutic management and professional skills, and is linked to the Foundation Pharmacy Framework.
Students can undertake individual modules as part of the CPD pathway which can lead towards a certificate/diploma award upon acquisition of the required credits and provided the core modules for each year have been completed. Alternatively, students can enrol onto the programme pathway and undertake the certificate in year one with progression to the diploma in year two. For each year, there are a set number of core optional modules.
The modules within the the programme develop core clinical pharmacy and therapeutic skills with a focus on the management of patients with acute and long-term conditions. Patient safety and leadership in practice are also core elements covered. The Independent Prescribing module accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council is an optional module offered in year two. Additional criteria apply for students wishing to undertake the Pharmacist Independent Prescribing module.
Students attend monthly study days at the University of Herfordshire and undertake work-based learning that is supported by a recognised work-based tutor.
Why choose this course?
The programme offers:
- a flexible CPD pathway that allows you to undertake individual modules
- greater choice with optional modules aligned to your interests
- a one-year course for the Certificate in Pharmacy Practice, two-year course for the Diploma in Pharmacy Practice, and you are able to upgrade to the MSc in Pharmacy Practice post achievement of the PGDip Pharmacy Practice qualification
- clinical and therapeutic focused study days supported by our internationally renowned simulation suite
- directed learning with progression to self-directed learning
- learning and sharing of experiences with colleagues from various clinical settings
- a programme linked to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Foundation Pharmacy Framework
- opportunity to transfer credits/qualifications between specified universities (subject to approval).
What will I study?
A flipped classroom approach to teaching is used on the modules, whereby students are introduced to information before their taught sessions in order to free class time for activities that involve higher order thinking. Modules are centred around work based learning that the student will undertake in their clinical practice.
Coursework contributes significantly to assessment and may comprise some or all of the following: portfolio of practice, written reports, patient care reports and case study assessments. Attendance at the taught component and satisfactory completion of coursework and OSCE examinations (where present), with a minimum mark of 50% in each element is normally required to pass each module.
Please see below for the compulsory and optional modules offered. You can also find further detail on the modules on our CPD page.
|Clinical Patient Assessment and Consultation||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Clinical Patient Care 1||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Evidence Based Provision of Pharmaceutical Services||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Clinical Patient Care 2||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Clinical Patient Care 3||15 Credits||Compulsory|
|Leadership, Education and Developing Others||30 Credits||Optional|
|Evidence Based Practice||30 Credits||Optional|
|Therapeutics of Skin Conditions||30 Credits||Optional|
|Service Review and Improvement||30 Credits||Optional|
|Parenteral Drug Administration and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring||15 Credits||Optional|
|Pharmaceutical Care for Older People||15 Credits||Optional|
|Paediatric Pharmaceutical Care||15 Credits||Optional|
|Pharmaceutical Care in Oncology||15 Credits||Optional|
|Pharmacist Independent Prescribing L7||30 Credits||Optional|
|Promoting Health||30 Credits||Optional|
Programme Leader Thaiba Bashir
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Further course information
|Course fact sheets|
|PgDip Pharmacy Practice (revised 2022)||Download|
|PgDip Pharmacy Practice (revised 2022)||Download|
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Funding and fees
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- £825 per 15 credits for the 2023/2024 academic year
*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University's Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed "When tuition fees change"), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.
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How to apply
Start Date End Date Link 26/09/2023 31/07/2024 Apply online (Part Time) 25/09/2023 31/07/2024 Apply online (Part Time)
Start Date End Date Link 26/09/2024 31/07/2025 Apply online (Part Time) 25/09/2024 31/07/2025 Apply online (Part Time)