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This course will not be running in September 2017. We welcome applications for September 2018.

Advanced Pharmacy Practice

Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: MSc
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.

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

Additional 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 th

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.


All Modules are Core

Study Period 1 (70 Credits - 3 Modules):

  • 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 - 2 Modules):

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

Study Period 3 (60 Credits - 2 Modules):

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

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: £3,880 per year

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

You may be eligible to apply for the government's new Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to put towards your fees and living costs. Find out more on our Fees and Financial Support website.

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.