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Prescribing for Pharmacists

Duration: 5 months
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: Module
Not suitable for international students
Start date: View attendance dates
Faculty of Health Studies


This blended learning module will:

  • Prepare pharmacists to prescribe as independent and supplementary prescribers
  • Enable successful students to record their prescribing qualification with the General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Enable pharmacists to study alongside other healthcare professionals to enhance their knowledge and clinical skills
  • Enable pharmacists to gain critical awareness of contemporary issues in order to become safe, competent and effective prescribers, within current legal and professional guidelines

It consists of:

  • 8 taught days
  • e-learning modules equivalent to 8 taught days
  • 10 days individualised guided study
  • 12 x 7.5 hour days (90 hours) supervised clinical practice

Why Bradford?

Learning opportunities are facilitated by a wide range of experienced healthcare professionals including pharmacists, nurses, doctors, physiotherapists and radiographers. Our course has been commended by past students for the excellent tutor support.

The Faculty of Health Studies has a dedicated clinical skills suite where you will have the opportunity to hone your skills.

The blended learning approach means that some topics can be studied at a time and place convenient to you. However face to face sessions also give you the opportunity to learn alongside other healthcare professionals where you will be encouraged to share knowledge and expertise. A flexible approach to your portfolio and learning in practice means that the module can be completed in one semester or extended over a second semester.

Entry requirements

Applicants for this module should hold professional registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council.

In addition pharmacists should have a minimum of 2 year’s general experience and 1 years experience in the field they wish to prescribe in.

All applicants should demonstrate clinical competency in the area of practice in which they intend to prescribe and have support from their employing organisation.

Applicants must also have support from a Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP), who will provide supervised practice opportunities. The DMP will be a GP, consultant or registrar.

Applicants are required to provide a current DBS (formerly CRB) check , to demonstrate involvement in continuing professional development and the ability to study at an appropriate level.


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

This module is provided as part of this interdisciplinary Framework within the Faculty of Health Studies. The Framework enables students to create an individualised programme of study that will meet either their needs and/or the employers’ needs for a changing diverse workforce within a modern organisation.

Pharmacist students may also choose to do this module as a stand alone module, or as part of the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy (Community or Secondary Care) run by the School of Pharmacy.

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.

Career prospects

It’s an exciting time for pharmacists with many opportunities for new roles opening up.

A prescribing qualification can be an important next step in your career development. Pharmacist prescribers  are working in a variety of settings including anticoagulant clinics, GP surgeries, A&E Departments and admissions wards.

A 2016 report by the General Pharmaceutical Council found that pharmacist prescribers felt empowered by their new role and that it was a source of great personal satisfaction (General Pharmaceutical Council (2016).Prescribers Survey Report. London.). The University of Bradford has been successfully teaching pharmacist prescribers since 2007 enabling them to extend their roles in specialities ranging from cancer care to mental health to minor ailment clinics.


Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £1,500 (standard 30 credit module fee)


  • Home/EU: £1,545 (standard 30 credit module fee)

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

Financial support

Funding for eligible staff within the region will be reviewed by Health Education England (HEE) in the coming months for the 2017/18 academic year. We advise all applicants to apply as normal for 2017/18 courses and further information will be provided as soon as it is available.

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

Please complete the below application form and additional forms, and email the admissions team:

Application Form Download the Application Form
(PDF, 152 KB)
Download the Application Form
(Word, 179 KB)
Practice Placement Audit Form Download the Practice Placement Audit Form
(PDF, 53 KB)
Download the Practice Placement Audit Form
(Word, 35 KB)

If you are being funded by HEYH, you will also need to complete a SSPRD funding form.

SSPRD Funding Form Download the SSPRD Funding Form
(PDF, 90 KB)
Download the SSPRD Funding Form
(Word, 35 KB)

Please be aware that employer support does not guarantee the availability of funding.

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.