Independent Prescribing (Short Course) / Overview

Year of entry: 2023

Degree awarded
PG Credit
4 months
Entry requirements

This is an accelerated course that is assessed only at master’s level (FHEQ7), so we require a relevant Lower Second honours degree or above. See the professional entry qualification section for further professional requirements.

Pharmacists, please note:

There is a requirement that you have at least two years of post-registration patient-focused experience in a UK hospital, community or a primary care setting. Although the GPhC has indicated its intention to replace the two-year experience requirement with an assessment of the quality of that experience, the course must be accredited under these new standards before we can adopt them. We expect that this will be in advance of the September 2023 cohort and we will update the course webpage to reflect this change. The previous standards will apply until then.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
40 places
How to apply

Please start by reading our nomination pack, which contains guidance on completing the application form, FAQs and information about the roles and responsibilities of the Designated Prescribing Practitioner (DPP) or the Practice Assessor and Practice Supervisor. Following this guidance will help you to submit a complete application.

You must upload your completed Independent Prescribing Additional Application Form (Word, 154KB) as a CV when you complete the online application form.

The deadline for applications for the March 2023 cohort will be midday on 12 December 2022.

Applications will only be considered if they are complete, which includes details of an enhanced DBS disclosure within three years of the course start date. If you have subscribed to the update service, you must be able to provide the original disclosure as well.

We will only consider applications after these deadlines if we have places remaining after processing complete applications received before the deadline.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
Modular N Y N N

Course overview

  • Supports pharmacists and NMC registrants to take on the role of an independent prescriber in their area of practice.
  • Learn from doctors, pharmacists and nurses from a range of backgrounds.
  • Discover how to apply core prescribing skills including history taking, physical examination and clinical reasoning.
  • With our blended learning model, most of your studies fit around you.
  • Study at a university ranked 3rd in the UK for Nursing and 5th in the UK for Pharmacy and Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings 2022).

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For entry in the academic year beginning September 2023, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • Modular (part-time)
    UK students (per annum): £1,750 per 30 credit unit

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).


Pharmacy Integration Programme funding for pharmacists

The University of Manchester is an approved provider of Health Education England (HEE) funded Independent Prescribing training. If you are eligible to access a place as part of the Primary Care Pharmacy Education Pathway (PCPEP), please upload your confirmation of eligibility certificate during the online application process. If you wish to access a funded place under any other eligibility criteria, please demonstrate your eligibility through your personal statement in section 1 of the IP Additional Application Form. We will secure funding directly from HEE for any offer-holder who meets the eligibility crite

Contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 529 4563
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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