Postgraduate - taught prospectus

General Pharmacy Practice, PGCert/PGDip/MSc

Designed with NHS partners, this Master’s in General Pharmacy Practice supports the development of foundation-stage pharmacists following your registration.

The General Pharmacy Practice course provides the core skills and competencies to provide holistic pharmaceutical care in the practice setting. You'll develop key knowledge and skills in clinical pharmacy practice and medicine management plus the understanding needed to conduct effective consultations and to identify, prioritise and resolve complex pharmaceutical issues. 

For those starting at Certificate stage, the work-based learning begins in January and university entry is in March of each year. Anyone who has already obtained the Certificate can begin the Diploma in either March or October.

To apply:

  • Entry to the PGCert / PGDip requires workplace support in an approved hospital trust.
  • The MSc is available to those with the diploma. We'll guide you through the application process.

Contact pgtpharmadmin@kent.ac.uk to get started.

Duration

Start month

March and October

UK/international fees

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What you should know about this course

  • You begin the Postgraduate Certificate in March and attend eight learning sets over a period of 18 months. Most students who complete this transfer to the diploma.
  • The Postgraduate Diploma is made up of two six-month courses. On completing this, you also receive the Certificate of Completion of General Pharmacist Training from an accredited training centre.
  • The Master’s course is available to students who have completed the Diploma. Students gain expertise in research techniques and using data and will complete an NHS or university ethics application.
  • The certificate and 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.

Pharmacy programme overview 2019


Postgraduate study at Medway School of Pharmacy

What you will 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

About the course team

Our tutors are subject experts drawn from the NHS or other professional fields. In addition to our programme leaders, Yvette Barlett (PGCert/PGDip) and Sarah Corlett (MSc), we also have a Product Manager, Admin Manager and Administrator to support students.

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Entry requirements

If you are

Postgraduate Certificate: You must be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council and work within an accredited training centre.

Postgraduate Diploma: Completion of the PG Certificate General Pharmacy Practice.

Master's: Completion of the PG Diploma General Pharmacy Practice.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Further information about entry

Police and Health Checks: Any offer will be subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and relevant health checks.

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

You can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning for study completed at a university which is part of the Joint Programmes Board (who all deliver an agreed curriculum for Foundation Stage qualifications) or at a different university. 

You will need to produce a portfolio of evidence to show how you have attained the learning outcomes.

How you will learn

Learning experience

Certificate/Diploma: These are work-based courses to develop your competencies using the Foundation Pharmacy Framework. Your educational supervisor will help you plan your workplace learning and a facilitator offers academic support. Your learning is self-directed with some on-campus study days.

Master's: Gain expertise in research techniques with a research project. With support, you'll write a protocol and complete either an NHS or university ethics application and collect and analyse data.

Class sizes

There is a maximum of 18 students in each learning set.

Independent learning

This course is student-centred workplace learning, supported by workbooks and learning sets from experienced pharmacy practitioners. 

Practitioner students are expected to take responsibility for managing your own learning and achieving the course objectives in support of your continuing professional development (CPD).

Overall workload

If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of courses you are studying.

Assessment

Certificate: OSCE, written examination (multiple-choice and short case-based questions), critical review and viva. 

Diploma: written assignments and presentations (a therapeutic review and a change management project), case study presentations and competency-based portfolio review. 

Master's: completion of a poster presentation and an accompanying abstract, personal reflections on aspects of the research process, and the submission of a thesis.

Feedback summary

University policy is to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days of the coursework submission date. 

Examination results will be available within 28 days.

Dates and timetables

Terms run from October to January and April to July.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

For information about distance and blended learning fees please visit our fees information pages.

Fees information International fees

Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. We have dedicated accommodation for postgraduate students (Devonport House) available from just £160 per person per week, with bills included. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost. Students based at the Medway Campus can also reside in student halls in Chatham or rent privately in the local area.

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There is a range of financial support available to support your studies. This includes postgraduate loans, international scholarships, and options for current students and alumni to continue studying at the university.

We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Certificate and Diploma: These programmes provide progression for pharmacists towards advanced practitioner status. Completion of the practice elements of the full Diploma programme leads to the award of the NHS Statement of Completion of General Pharmacist Training.

Master's: 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 speciality.

Do you provide employability services?

This is a work-based programme. You must must already be working in an accredited workplace with an accredited educational supervisor.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

Certificate/Diploma: As a student practitioner, you have an educational supervisor to help you plan your learning in the workplace and an academic facilitator who offers support throughout the course.

Master's: You will be supported all the way by an academic supervisor who will guide you through the process of structuring and conducting your research, writing it up and submitting it for examination.

Support from the department

Once the postgraduate team at the Medway School of Pharmacy have approved your application (via the workplace), they will guide you through the process of becoming a fully registered student at the University of Greenwich. 

This support is tailored to distance learners and includes enabling access to the Virtual Learning Environment that the school uses for delivery of learning materials.

Accommodation information

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