Clinical Pharmacy Practice PGDip

Clinical Pharmacy Practice PGDip

School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences


Post- graduate





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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

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    Part-time: Two years

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    Mixed Mode, Part-time

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Why study this programme?

UCLan’s Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy Practice is designed to develop clinical and technical knowledge and the skills required to deliver core pharmaceutical services safely and effectively within primary, secondary and community care settings.

The overall aim of the course is to provide equitable training and assessment to equip students with the skills, knowledge and experience to provide the highest quality professional care as well as a method to progress their career. In addition, the programme has been designed to provide opportunities for students to develop a skill base that is not solely focused on academic ability, by incorporating elements of assessed work which facilitate personal development in the following areas: communication, IT, numeracy, interpersonal/teamwork, self-management and professional development. 

Entry Requirements

Normally have a first degree (2:2 class or above) or equivalent, in pharmacy from an approved institution of higher education.

Have a current registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council

Have a minimum of six months’ post-registration experience

Be working in, or able to access a practice environment that will enable them to meet and achieve the course learning outcomes.

Programme at a Glance

Year 1

  • Professional Competence
  • Patient Services in Primary or Secondary Care
  • Clinical Pharmacy Practice
  • Medicines Information
  • Student Initiated Clinical Pharmacy Practice

Year 2

  • Portfolio Module
  • Postgraduate Research Skills
  • Student Initiated Specialisms

It is a course requirement that students have an approved practice-based tutor. Please contact course leader Louise Cogan for further details.

Postgraduate Advice Event

The date of the next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be confirmed soon, in the meantime please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.

Further Information

The aim of the Postgraduate Diploma is to develop the clinical and technical knowledge and skills of qualified pharmacists to deliver core pharmaceutical services safely and effectively within primary and secondary care settings. The programme is designed to enable you to: 

  • Demonstrate critical enquiry, analysis and application of knowledge in your practice to support problem-solving
  • Acquire and develop proficient life-long learning skills through Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and the progression of a Personal Development Plan (PDP)
  • Champion the role of the pharmacist within multidisciplinary healthcare teams
  • Exercise personal professional autonomy within governance frameworks and systems.
    Consolidate and extend theoretical knowledge and practice skills to facilitate pro-active pharmaceutical care and management of patients
  • Engage with work based learning to develop the attributes of an independent practitioner
  • Develop all communication systems which includes the ability to present a reasoned argument

The diploma is run over two years. The first year consists of five modules which are completed within the year in the order of your preference, to link in with your practice. In the second year you will complete three modules, one of which is a portfolio module. There are a variety of assessments for each module, and at the end of the first year you will complete some OSCEs (objective structured clinical examinations).

Students will attend underpinning knowledge sessions to support their work in practice, which are typically held on one Saturday per month during the first year, with some additional sessions during the second year.

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2017/18

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: £3,150 per year for first 2 years (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Industry Links

Royal Pharmaceutical Society

United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association

General Pharmaceutical Council

Learning Environment and Assessment

Taught sessions will be carried out in the purpose built Pharmacy Practice Suite within Maudland Building.

Students will be required to complete a mix of the following:

  • Individual and group presentations/debates
  • Individual reports and pharmaceutical care plans
  • Problem solving exercises
  • Critiques of research papers
  • Formal examinations

At the end of the first year students will complete a series of OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations) that will assess their understanding of the material covered in Year 1. They will need to pass these OSCEs to progress to Year 2.

In addition, they will complete a portfolio module at the end of each year. Whilst these do not contribute to the final mark, students must pass them in order to achieve their final award.