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Clinical Pharmacy (Primary Care)

PG Diploma
Duration: 2 years
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: PG Diploma
Not suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Life Sciences
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The new part-time, distance learning Postgraduate Diploma Clinical Pharmacy (Primary Care) is designed for newly qualified pharmacists. It is the first programme of its kind in the UK.

You’ll develop the clinical and advanced therapeutic skills required to work effectively in a GP practice, enhancing your ability to deliver safe and effective patient-centred care in partnership with multi-disciplinary teams.

The programme covers subjects such as:

  • the foundations of primary care practice
  • advanced communication
  • managing complex patients with co-morbidities
  • prescribing
  • quality and service improvement

It enables you to:

  • effectively work with health and social care providers across the primary care setting
  • analyse, interpret and present medicines data to support decision making
  • develop and monitor evidence based practice guidelines
  • use consultation / communication skills to manage challenging situations
  • make independent therapeutic decisions / recommendations

Why Bradford?

This programme is the first of this kind nationally and will provide training that is refined to local/regional workforce needs, where there are a number of potential models for employment of pharmacists being developed.

The University of Bradford School of Pharmacy is one of the largest in the UK, with origins dating back to 1927. We develop pharmacists who:

  • are fully equipped to practise within a dynamic healthcare system
  • can adapt to change and understand the need to commit to continuing education and professional development throughout their professional life

We have close links to local hospitals, community pharmacies and primary care settings, and conduct research which informs all our teaching. The most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) exercise rated 92% of our Pharmacy research as of international quality/world-leading.

Entry requirements

Students should:

  • be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
  • be working in the UK
  • have access to patients in General Practice. We will be able to help you with access to training positions in general practice.

English language requirements:

An IELTS score of 7.0 is required in each of the four subsets, in order to align our English language requirements with those of the regulatory body for practising pharmacists, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

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.

This programme provides education and training for early career pharmacists to develop their knowledge and skills whilst working in a GP practice. Working as part of a multidisciplinary team is key to the development of relationships and experience in any clinical setting and the University of Bradford School of Pharmacy & Medical Sciences is well positioned to ensure that multidisciplinary learning and working is at the forefront of the course design due to its close involvement with programmes for other allied health professionals including physician associates, nurses and paramedics.

You will normally complete a 30 credit module each semester and therefore 60 credits per year.

There are four core modules across years 1 and 2 (120 credits). There is however ample opportunity for choice within each module in relation to the nature of patient care plans produced and work based learning assignments as well as the chosen area of competence in prescribing practice.

All modules have been mapped to the RPS Foundation Pharmacist Framework.

  • Foundations in Primary Care
  • Advanced Communication Skills
  • Advanced Therapeutics
  • Prescribing for Pharmacists (all core)

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

The structure of the modules allows for the integration of theory and learning with clinical practice.

You will have an introductory tutorial on course content, the RPS Foundation Pharmacist Framework (FPF) and how the course content maps to it. This will guide you through mapping yourself against this framework and identifying your personal development plan.

Directed tasks both before and after attending the study days will help you to consolidate your learning and understand its application in the practice setting.

Work based assessments will include pharmaceutical care plans, reflective journals and case based discussions. You will also undertake written assignments and OSCEs in some modules.

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

There has been an increasing shift of health services into primary care practice, driven by NHS policy. It has been recognised that pharmacist are a crucial part of the plan to address these increased workforce needs.

This programme is designed to provide education and training for pharmacists so that newly qualified pharmacists are able to work alongside GPs in a variety of roles identified and endorsed by the Royal College of General Practice (RCGP), the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and the Primary Care Pharmacist Association (PCPA) in their document entitled ‘A guide for GPs considering employing a practice pharmacist’.

Salary expectations

Employment at Agenda for Change Band 6 to 7.

Study Support

The School of Pharmacy employs experienced pharmacists working in primary care and has close links with primary care practice to guide you in career choices.

You will have an academic tutor assigned to support you throughout the programme.

You will map yourself against the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Foundation Pharmacy Framework, which will prepare you for application to the RPS Faculty.


The School of Pharmacy has an excellent national and international reputation in practice research.  Staff teaching on the programme are active members of the School’s Medicines Optimisation Research Group.

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.