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Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists

6 months
2000 GBP/full
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The Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists course from De Montfort University has been validated by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and provides pharmacists with the qualification required to practice as independent prescribers.

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The Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists course from De Montfort University   is available as a stand-alone 45 credit course or it can be taken as an option in the diploma year of the MSc in Clinical Pharmacy, which is open to pharmacists from all sectors of the profession. Existing MSc/Diploma students are required to apply separately for the Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing.

Designed by expert pharmacists and clinicians, the course takes a practice-based approach to learning and assessment, and benefits from the continued input of experienced academics and practitioners from the fields of pharmacy, medicine and nursing.

Graduate careers

Upon successful completion of this course you will be awarded a Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing, which will allow you to apply to the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) for your register entry to be annotated to that of a prescriber. You will then be able to work as a pharmacist independent prescriber.

Programme Structure

Learning outcomes include:

  • Evaluate and apply an evidence-based practice and patient partnership approach to prescribing decision making, including public health and clinical governance concerns.
  • Create and use individualised treatment and monitoring plans for patients within your area of competence.
  • Prescribe safely, ethically, legally, cost effectively and within a team, communicating effectively with patients, carers, other prescribers and other healthcare professionals
  • Perform patient examinations in order to diagnose and monitor the conditions within your area of competence.
  • Reflect upon prescribing practice and use this to develop audits and continue your professional development, recording this appropriately.
  • Use common diagnostic aids, e.g. stethoscope

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 6 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines




45 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Be a registered pharmacist with the GPhC or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI).
  • Have at least two years appropriate patient-orientated experience in a UK hospital, community or primary care setting following their pre-registration year.
  • Applicants need to identify an area of clinical practice in which to develop their prescribing skills and have up-to-date clinical, pharmacological and pharmaceutical knowledge relevant to that area of prescribing practice.
  • Be able to demonstrate reflective practice on performance and the ability to take responsibility for continuing professional development.
  • The applicant must have identified a designated medical practitioner (DMP) who has training and experience appropriate to their role.

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA

    2000 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2000 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 6 months.
Part time - £2000 for 45 credits, £700 for 15 credits.


We are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study, which is why we offer the Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship. This gives DMU graduates a tuition fee discount of up to 50 per cent on selected full-time and part-time postgraduate courses, based on academic achievement and merit. 

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