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Community Pharmacy Public Health Services (MSc/PGDip) [Web based learning]

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Degree awarded
MSc, PGDip or PGCert
MSc 36mths (PT); PGDip 24mths (PT); PGCert 12mths
Entry requirements

All applicants must be able to meet the following requirements:

  • have an honours degree in pharmacy usually at a minimum level of 2:2
  • be registered as a pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council (UK) or equivalent regulatory authority in the students home country for overseas students
  • be in employment in the community healthcare pharmacy sector or have access to an appropriate area of practice whilst enrolled on the programme
  • submit a written document to support their application which gives a review of their pharmacy experience, their reason/s for undertaking the programme and their expectations of what they hope to gain from the programme.

Applicants for CPD units will require a degree in a health related subject, be registered with their professional regulatory body and have access to patients in order to complete the programme assessments.

International Students : All International students must upload a scanned copy of their passport as part of the application process.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
Up to 40 places per year are available.
How to apply

Apply online

Application deadlines:

  • 31 August 2015

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

This postgraduate qualification provides pharmacists with the knowledge and skills to direct and deliver efficient and effective community pharmacy public health services. It aims to instil professionals with the confidence to actively seek out opportunities to be the chosen first class provider of public health services in new world commissioning.

The programme consists of core and optional units. Students will be able to choose a number of optional units that meet their specific learning needs from a range of community pharmacy public health service areas.

This is a completely online programme which is accessible from home PCs. In most cases students have complete flexibility about when to undertake their learning; however there will be some activities which require being online at specific times.

The programme is run on a modular part-time basis. Students are expected to commit to a minimum of 10 hours learning per week.

Attendance at the introductory webinar in mid September 2015 is highly recommended.

CPD units

Students can take any unit (except the research dissertation unit) as a stand-alone CPD unit. These are delivered the same way as for all other students through Blackboard.

After completing two CPD units students will be invited to apply for a postgraduate qualification (certificate, diploma or Masters). Students who apply for a postgraduate qualification after completion of CPD units must complete the relevant core units.

Students who take a stand-alone CPD unit must re-apply if they want to undertake a postgraduate qualification and they must do this within three years of starting their first CPD unit. They then have up to five years to complete the qualification


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2015, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students: £2,250
    International students: £4,833
  • PGCert (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students: £2,250
    International students: £4,833
  • PGDip (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students: £2,250
    International students: £4,833

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.


Pharmacists working in the North West may be eligible for funding of units through CPD-Apply NW

Students who continue to the dissertation Masters programme may be eligible for the NPA Health Education Foundation Bursary and the Pharmacy Research UK training bursaries.

Contact: for more information about scholarships

Contact details

Academic department
Manchester Pharmacy School
+44 (0)161 306 0604
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