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Clinical Pharmacy (Secondary Care)

Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: MSc
Not suitable for international students
Start date: January or August
Faculty of Life Sciences
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This new course allows you to complete the General Level Framework and develop the skills you need to progress through the Agenda for Change bandings.

With a firm focus on preparation for lifelong learning and critical thinking, this course helps you to improve and apply your knowledge of clinical pharmacy, working in the NHS and research skills, as well as ensuring you meet your CPD requirements. There is also the opportunity to choose an optional component in the second year to develop your knowledge in an area you are particularly interested in.

The course is relevant to Hospital Pharmacists and Newly Qualified Pharmacists.

Find out more about the School of Pharmacy.

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Why Bradford?

  • Monthly study days, with pre-reading and preparation tasks for each one to enable you to get the most learning out of the workshops
  • Work-based assessments to allow you to demonstrate your effectiveness as a clinical pharmacist


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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 support from your employer
  • 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.

Core modules

  • Foundations in Clinical Practice
  • Consultation Skills and Quality of Care
  • Applied Therapeutics
  • Skills for Pharmacy Practice and Research
  • Quality and Service Improvement
  • Quality and Service Improvement Project

Option modules

  • Aseptics in Practice
  • Prescribing for Pharmacists
  • Coaching and Mentoring in Organisations
  • Leadership and Management: Theory and Practice
  • Managing Chance

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

  • Work-based assessments to allow you to demonstrate your effectiveness as a clinical pharmacist

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

A Postgraduate Diploma is essential for almost all hospital pharmacist jobs, so this course will stand you in good stead to rise up the Agenda for Change bandings and progress in your career.


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Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

Home/EU 2016/17:

  • First 60 credits: £2,760
  • Second 60 credits: £2,760
  • Final 60 credits (Dissertation): £2,250

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 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.