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Clinical Pharmacy (Secondary Care)

PG Diploma
Duration: 2 years
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: PG Diploma
Not suitable for international students
Start date: January or August
Faculty of Life Sciences
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This programme allows you to complete the Foundation Pharmacy Framework and develop the clinical, personal and managerial skills you need to progress in your career in hospital pharmacy in the UK.

This programme will help you to improve and apply your knowledge of clinical pharmacy, consultation skills and working in the modern NHS in order to deliver patient-centred care.

You will develop:

  • The ability to solve complex problems and justify your decisions
  • The confidence and ability to communicate effectively with patients and healthcare professionals
  • The ability to reflect on your practice to inform your professional development

There is also the opportunity to choose an optional component in the second year. Options include ‘Prescribing for Pharmacists’ as well as modules in Aseptics, Service Improvement, Leadership and Management and Change Management.

The course is relevant to registered pharmacists (including newly qualified) currently working in hospital pharmacy.

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Why Bradford?

  • Start dates in both August and January
  • Monthly study days, with pre-reading and preparation tasks for each one to enable you to get the most learning out of the workshops
  • Many local hospitals use this programme for their foundation level pharmacists. This provides excellent opportunities for you to meet and get to know other pharmacists in Yorkshire.
  • Work-based assessments to allow you to demonstrate your effectiveness as a clinical pharmacist

Entry requirements

To apply for this course you need to:

  • be working in the UK
  • be registered with the GPhC
  • have access to the internet
  • have access to patients
  • have support from your employer

Please contact the programme leader Gemma Quinn if your hospital does not routinely send students on this programme, as you will require a hospital based practice tutor and assessors.

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.

This programme has been designed in collaboration with local employers and will enable you to attain the skills and knowledge necessary for career progression through the NHS Employers Agenda for Change bandings.

Areas covered include the pharmaceutical management of patients with a broad range of clinical problems as well as the organisational culture associated with working as a pharmacist in the NHS and the consultation and communication skills required to deliver patient-centred care. Students also have a choice of optional modules to increase their knowledge and skills in other areas of interest. Prior experience in secondary care practice is not essential but is considered to be an advantage.

Core modules

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

Option modules

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

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

Monthly study days, with pre-reading and preparation tasks for each one, to enable you to get the most learning out of the workshops.

In the first year, these have a focus on ensuring you are able to manage patients you are presented with on-call or on general wards.

In the second year, the topics of these days become more specialised, for example, renal, cancer care, mental health.

Teaching is delivered by practising hospital pharmacists.

  • Year One 
    11 study days (including the exam day)

  • Year Two
    10 study days (including the exam day), plus those for optional modules

Assessment is by written assignments, e-portfolio (including ward based assessments) and multiple choice and OSCE exams.

The curriculum aims to:

  • Map to postgraduate benchmarks within the pharmacy profession
  • Be evidence-based and developed using sound educational theory
  • Be case-based and patient-centred, enabling integration of knowledge into practice
  • Include work-based learning with continual formative feedback

It includes aspects of adult learning theory, including:

  • Making use of participants’ experience
  • Encouraging learners to move to increasingly advanced stages of personal development
  • Allowing as much choice as possible in the organisation of learning programmes

Study days in Foundations In Clinical Practice module include: Individualising drug therapy; coagulation and blood disorders; introduction to surgery; infectious disease; respiratory; cardiology; introduction to mental health

Study days in Applied Therapeutics module include: Surgery and intensive care; gastroenterology and the liver; renal disease; cancer care; paediatrics and neonates; diabetes; neurology; mental health; HIV and rheumatology.

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

Most hospitals require a PG Diploma in order to gain a band 7 position. We also see many of students gain promotion whilst still studying for their PG Diploma.


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Tuition fees

Home/EU 2016/17:

  • First 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?

Contact the Faculty

Please contact the programme leader, Gemma Quinn for further information.

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.