Postgraduate - taught prospectus

Medicines Optimisation, PGCert/PGDip/MSc

Get the skills you need to contribute effectively to medicines management and drug therapy decisions with a Master’s in Medicines Optimisation by distance learning.

Medicines optimisation covers the processes and behaviours that determine how medicines are used by patients and the NHS. Effective medicines optimisation places the patient at the centre and acts as a key driver for NHS modernisation in the UK.

Whether you work in primary or secondary care, a GP surgery, a community pharmacy or for a hospital trust, this course provides a full understanding of medicines optimisation in the NHS. Explore how optimisation contributes to getting the maximum benefits for patients and the best value for money. 

Study this course by distance learning and choose from a wide range of options to suit the focus of your clinical practice.

Duration

1-6 years distance learning

Start month

September and April

UK/international fees

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What you should know about this course

  • This is a flexible distance-learning course for healthcare professionals working in the UK health sector
  • Students can work towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, or MSc
  • Equip yourself to work with other healthcare professionals in primary care, particularly GPs and CCGs, while developing clinical skills in your specialist area of care.

Pharmacy programme overview 2019


Postgraduate study at Medway School of Pharmacy

What you will study

PG Cert Medicines Optimisation

Medicines Management in Practice (10 credits)

Consultation and Communication in Practice: Patients as Partners (10 credits)

Options (40 credits)

PG Diploma Medicines Optimisation

Using Evidence Effectively (10 credits)

Medication Review in Practice (10 credits)

Options (40 credits)

MSc Medicines Optimisation

Research Project (60 credits)

About the course team

All of our courses are written by experts and are regularly updated. The course leader is Kinna Patel, with support from the lead postgraduate administrator for the Medway School of Pharmacy. You will be guided through becoming a fully registered distance-learning student with full access to your learning platform.

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Entry requirements

If you are

  • Applicants must be pharmacists, nurses or allied health professionals (AHPs) registered with the relevant UK professional body and working in the NHS or similar UK-based health system providing direct patient care.
  • They must have a first degree in a relevant subject from an EU university. Equivalent qualifications from a non-EU university may be acceptable, but this will be assessed on an individual basis.
  • Students must have direct access to patients in order to complete the assignments in many of the courses.

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.

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Further information about entry

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 any study you have already completed to be recognised where there is a close match to one of our modules (in terms of content and credits).

How you will learn

Learning experience

The course is formed of a series of 5-credit and 10-credit compulsory and optional modules, which are accessed online via a learning platform or website. 

Each module comprises a mixture of resources for self-study and case studies plus suggested activities that link the learning directly with your practice. Some online modules consist of video or interactive learning materials. 

If you undertake a research project (MSc only), you will receive support from an academic supervisor.

Class sizes

This distance learning course does not take place in a standard classroom, but it is possible to correspond with others who are studying this course remotely.

Independent learning

Distance learning requires the discipline to study independently. You will have to make enough time to meet your requirements and co-ordinate these with your work as required.

Some of our modules are subject-based learning materials, which encourage you to explore the subject in the context of your working environment. Learning activities are sections which invite you to formulate your own response to the situation under study (e.g. patient case study).

If you undertake a research project (MSc), you will conduct a piece of independent work with support from an academic supervisor.

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

PG Certificate and Diploma assessment is through work-based case studies and assignments. 

5-credit courses are normally assessed by submitting case studies. Additional written work is required for 10-credit courses. You'll receive guidance on word length or any other system of marking.

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

Entry points are in September, January and April. You can be registered for a maximum duration of six years.

To complete a full master's qualification in this time, you would need to complete an average of 30 credits each year.

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.

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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?

This degree equips you to work more closely with other healthcare professionals in primary care, particularly GPs and CCGs. At the same time, you develop clinical skills in your speciality areas of care and have the opportunity to qualify as a non-medical prescriber.

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

The programme leader and postgraduate administrator will support you during your distance learning. 

Once you have started your research project, you will be supported all the way. Your academic supervisor 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 you have been offered a place the postgraduate administration team 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 your learning materials on the Virtual Learning Environment.

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