General Pharmacy Practice, PGCert/PGDip/MSc Postgraduate prospectus

  • Predominantly work-based programme for general level pharmacists. Programme structure empowers learners to plan and develop their own learning pathway.
  • Provides the core skills and competencies required to provide holistic pharmaceutical care in the practice setting.
  • Aligns with a nationally agreed pharmacy practitioner development strategy.
  • Structure empowers adult learners to plan and develop their own learning pathway

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The programme has been designed in close collaboration with NHS partners to support the development of foundation stage pharmacist practitioners following registration. It develops the practitioner student's underpinning knowledge and skills in clinical pharmacy practice and medicines management.

We work on a philosophy of student-centred workplace learning, supported by workbooks and learning sets facilitated by experienced pharmacy practitioners. The practitioner students are expected to take responsibility for managing their learning and achieving the course objectives in support of their continuing professional development (CPD).

Students will gain the understanding needed to conduct effective consultations with patients respecting their diverse needs and with regard to confidentiality and consent and to identify, prioritise and resolve complex pharmaceutical care issues.

Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert)

There is one intake each year for students starting on the certificate level of the programme. Students begin in March of each year and attend eight learning sets over a period of 18 months. By October of the following year, if all the assessments have been passed, students can either exit with a postgraduate certificate or transfer to the postgraduate diploma.

The certificate comprises one compulsory course entitled "Practitioner Development and Establishment of Professional and Clinical Practice" (60 credits).

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip)

The postgraduate diploma consists of two separate courses:

  • Developing Self, Others and Your Operational Management Skills (30 credits), and
  • Ensuring Patient Safety and a Quality Service (30 credits).

Each course runs for six months, starting in March and October, and consists of three learning sets. Most students complete the certificate and then transfer immediately to the diploma. There is flexibility in the system and students can delay before transferring if necessary. Students must complete within six years of the certificate start date.

Master's degree (MSc)

Students who have successfully completed the postgraduate diploma in general pharmacy practice can elect to continue to the MSc. This consists of a research project, supported by academics with expertise in practice research. Students will gain expertise in research techniques, be supported to write a protocol and complete either an NHS or university ethics application and collect and analyse data. Start dates are in September, January and April.


The certificate and the diploma are commissioned by Health Education England London and the South East – Kent Surrey Sussex (HEE LaSE KSS) and are jointly delivered with the University of Brighton. PGCert level learning sets take place in Kent, Surrey and Sussex and the PGDip courses are delivered by both institutions concurrently enabling students to elect which to do first and which location best fits with work and home travel.

The programme is run at the Medway School of Pharmacy by academics and practising healthcare professionals. Please visit for more information on the school.

How to apply

Certificate and Diploma: The programme is commissioned by Health Education Kent, Surrey, Sussex (HEKSS) for pharmacists working within the NHS in Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Click to apply.

If you are outside of the HEKSS area please contact the postgraduate office at the Medway School of Pharmacy for more information:

Matser's: Entry on to this programme is dependent upon successful completion of the diploma and the postgraduate office will guide you through application and registration.

What you'll study

PG Cert General Pharmacy Practice P12588

Year 1 and Year 2

Practitioner Development and Establishment of Professional and Clinical Practice (Foundation Stage 1) (60 credits)

PG Diploma General Pharmacy Practice P12589

Year 2 and Year 3

Module A: Developing Self, Others and Your Operational Management Skills (Foundation Stage 2) (30 credits)
Module B: Ensuring Patient Safety and a Quality Service (Foundation Stage 2) (30 credits)

MSc General Pharmacy Practice P13371

Year 1 and Year 2

Research Project

Entry requirements

  • PG Certificate: Registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council and be working within an accredited training centre.
  • PG Diploma: Completion of the PG Certificate General Pharmacy Practice.
  • MSc: Completion of the PG Diploma General Pharmacy Practice.

Extra information


  • PG Certificate students are assessed through objective structured clinical examination, a written examination which includes both multiple-choice and short case based questions, a critical review and a viva.
  • PG Diploma students are assessed through written assignments and presentations for a therapeutic review and a change management project, case study presentations and a competency-based portfolio review.
  • MSc students are assessed through completion of a poster presentation and an accompanying abstract, personal reflections on aspects of the research process, and the submission of a thesis.

Professional recognition

Completion of the PG Diploma leads not only to the academic award but also to the Certificate of Completion of General Pharmacist Training from an accredited training centre.


Certificate and Diploma: These programmes provide progression for pharmacists towards advanced practitioner status. Completion of the practice elements of the full Diploma programme qualifies you not only for the PG Diploma but also leads to the award of the NHS Statement of Completion of General Pharmacist Training

MSc: This degree gives you a strong foundation for a career in pharmacy in any sector, allowing you to experience different aspects of pharmaceutical care and strengthening the key skills you will need to flourish in your chosen specialty.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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