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Clinical Pharmacy (Community)

PG Diploma
Duration: 2 years
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: PG Diploma
Not suitable for international students
Start date: February
Faculty of Life Sciences
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This part-time, distance learning programme will equip pharmacists in community pharmacy or primary care with the knowledge, skills and behaviours to deliver safe and effective patient-centred care in partnership with the multidisciplinary team. The programme has recently undergone major revisions and now includes optional pathways to meet a range of service needs, support for learning networks and the opportunity to register as an independent prescriber.

It provides:

  • Learning outcomes relevant to the modern NHS
  • Optional pathways to address a range of service needs including prescribing
  • Alignment with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Foundation Pharmacy Framework (FPF) to support your professional development
  • Opportunities for inter-professional learning and cross-sector working
  • Well-utilised small amount of contact time to support learning networks
  • Opportunities to further develop communication, leadership and management skills in order to become a more effective practitioner

The course is relevant to:

  • Community Pharmacists (locums, employees or managers)
  • Teacher Practitioners
  • Primary Care Pharmacists
  • Newly Qualified Pharmacists

Find out more about the School of Pharmacy.

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Why Bradford?

  • The course is delivered by a mixture of distance learning and face-to-face teaching
  • Postgraduate Certificate level (year 1) includes only two compulsory face-to-face contact days
  • Depending on the options chosen at Postgraduate Diploma level (year 2) compulsory face-to-face contact days are between 4-12 days
  • Optional pathways to address a range of service needs including prescribing
  • Postgraduate Certificate level (year 1) includes a module shared with the MSc in Clinical Pharmacy (Secondary Care) programme offering the opportunity for networking
  • Opportunities for interprofessional learning through many of the optional modules
  • The majority of modules are assessed by 100% coursework based on your practice. (The only exception to this is the ‘Prescribing for Pharmacists’ module)


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Entry requirements

To apply for this course you need to:

  • be working in the UK
  • be registered with the GPhC
  • have access to patients
  • have access to the internet

English language requirements:

If you have not been taught in English you must have an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of at least 7.0 in each of the four subsets (speaking, listening, reading and writing).

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.


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

Find more information on our module descriptors page.

Postgraduate Certificate (Year 1)

  • Medicines Optimisation in Clinical Practice
  • Consultation Skills and Quality of Care
  • Synoptic Assessment 1

Postgraduate Diploma (Year 2)

  • Synoptic Assessment 2

Plus Any two option modules from the following:

  • Foundations in Primary Care Practice
  • Prescribing for Pharmacists
  • Clinical Competence in Advanced Practice
  • Quality and Service Improvement

Including a maximum of one from the following:

  • Coaching and Mentoring in Organisations
  • Leadership and Management: Theory and Practice
  • Commissioning and Negotiation
  • Managing Change
  • Human Resources Management

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

The majority of modules are assessed by 100% coursework based on your practice. (The only exception to this is the ‘Prescribing for Pharmacists’ module)

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

Students who have completed the course report increased confidence to take on new roles in community pharmacy and greater job satisfaction.


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Tuition fees

Home/EU 2016/17:

  • First 60 credits: £2,760
  • Second 60 credits: £2,760

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

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 easiest way to apply is online.

This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.

If you are unable to apply online, please email to request a paper application form.

We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:

  • Degree certificates/transcripts
  • Research proposal (if required)
  • Two references (including one academic reference)
  • Evidence of English language level (if required)
  • A copy of your passport

Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.

You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.

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.