Postgraduate Diploma On Campus

Pharmacy - Overseas Pharmacists Assessment Programme (OSPAP)

University of Hertfordshire

12 months
12750 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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This Pharmacy - Overseas Pharmacists Assessment Programme (OSPAP) course from University of Hertfordshire is for overseas (non-EEA) pharmacists who wish to convert their existing qualifications so they can practice as a pharmacist in Great Britain.

Visit the official programme website for more information


The Overseas Pharmacy Assessment Programme (OSPAP) is a full-time postgraduate diploma starting during September and ending in May/June. The teaching is undertaken over a 3 day week during the academic year which is divided into two terms.  

The Pharmacy - Overseas Pharmacists Assessment Programme (OSPAP) course from University of Hertfordshire will give you an insight into the way the National Health Service in the UK operates, inform you of the health regulatory laws and professional codes pharmacists must abide by, in addition to allowing you to integrate science based knowledge, such as pharmaceutics and microbiology, into clinical and patient focused settings.


After completing the OSPAP Diploma and successfully passing the subsequent GPhC pre-registration pharmacist training year and GPhC registration assessment, you will be able to register and practice as a UK qualified pharmacist in various environments, (including community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy industrial or academic establishments), undertaking a diverse array of challenging roles.

You are strongly advised to check the latest visa details or changes on the Home Office website and UK Border Agency website regarding working in the UK. This is very important as you will need to work as a pre-registration Pharmacist for 52 weeks after successfully completing the OSPAP course. Whilst every effort will be made to guide you through the pre-registration application process, including assistance with interview skills and CV writing, please be aware that it is not the University's responsibility to secure you a pre-registration position.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Pharmaceutical Sciences and Therapeutics 
  • Medicines and Pharmacy Practice 
  • Preparation for Practice 
  • Study Skills and Practice Orientation 
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences and Therapeutics 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • In order to enter the Overseas Pharmacist Assessment Programme (OSPAP), you must first successfully complete the adjudication process of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). You can visit the GPhC website and check the details of how to apply, necessary documentation and evidence required. Before you start the qualifying process, it is your responsibility to check with the Home Office whether you will be able to get the necessary visas and work permits.
  • Once you have been approved by the GPhC, you will be sent application details directly from the university. We will invite you to visit us (in person or via Skype) for an interview about your work experiences and interest in pharmacy. This will also give you the opportunity to ask us any questions you may have about the course, the University, the pre-registration year, and to view our facilities. It is beneficial to have some patient-facing experience.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    12750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12750 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Hatfield

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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