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Pharmacy DPharm

Duration: 5 years
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: Doctorate
Not suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Life Sciences
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DPharm (Doctorate in Pharmacy) / MSc Advanced Pharmacy Practice

The professional doctorate in pharmacy (DPharm) is an exciting route for pharmacists working in any field to achieve a doctorate qualification by undertaking advanced study in pharmacy practice. 

The course is undertaken part-time whilst you continue to work in your chosen field of pharmacy practice. The DPharm course is offered in two Stages: Stage 1 consists of a taught programme, and Stage 2 involves a research project.

Along with the taught elements of Stage 1 you will be developing the depth and breadth of knowledge in your particular area of practice and in doing so, will add considerably to the value of the role you hold in your current employment.

Stage 1 successfully undertaken on its own will lead to the award of MSc in Advanced Pharmacy Practice. If you wish to study for the DPharm you will be required to successfully complete both Stages 1 and 2.

Find out more about the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences.

Why Bradford?

  • The course offers you the opportunity to specialise
  • Within the NHS 'Agenda for Change' career framework, the DPharm is considered a leading qualification for consultant grade posts, and the MSc for advanced pharmacist posts

Entry requirements

  • Current registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
  • A Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Master’s qualification related to pharmaceutical practice (or equivalent). Experienced practitioners with at least three to five years’ post-qualifying experience will also be considered
  • Agreement by your employer to pay the fees and to provide financial support for the duration of the registration. Students who plan to pay their own fees must provide evidence that their employer supports their application

English language requirements:

IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Modules: All Modules are Core (540 Credits in total)

Stage 1 (180 Credits)

Study Period 1 - 70 Credits:

  • Practice Unit 1 (30 Credits)
  • Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (20 Credits)
  • Quantitative Research: Statistical Data Analysis (20 Credits)

Study Period 2 - 50 Credits:

  • Practice Unit 2 (30 Credits)
  • Qualitative Research: Methods and Skills (20 Credits)

Study Period 3 - 60 Credits:

  • Professional Leadership in Pharmacy (30 Credits)
  • Practice Unit 3 (30 Credits)

Stage 2 (360 Credits)

Study Period 4 - 30 Credits:

  • Research Proposal (30 Credits)

Study Period 4 & 5:

  • Doctoral Research Thesis (330 Credits)

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: TBC

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The DPharm course normally commences in September each year.

Applications need to be received before the end of August but we encourage and welcome earlier applications. If you think you may be eligible for some Accreditation for Prior Learning (APL), for example due to having significant (>3 years) post-Diploma experience, we would advise you to apply earlier (Spring/early Summer) to allow time to complete APL application (which may make you eligible for a shortened course pathway) before the course commences.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.