Independent Prescribing (Short Course) / Overview

Year of entry: 2022

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Degree awarded
PG Credit
4 months
Entry requirements

We require a relevant Lower Second honours degree or above. See the Professional entry qualification section for further professional requirements.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
40 places
How to apply

You must submit your Independent Prescribing Additional Application Form (Word, 155KB) and the other documents detailed in it when you complete the online application form .

We also encourage you to make use of the nomination pack (PDF, 996KB), which contains the information on this webpage, guidance on completing the Independent Prescribing Additional Application Form, FAQs and information about the roles and responsibilities of the Designated Prescribing Practitioner (DPP) or the Practice Assessor and Practice Supervisor.

We will still consider applications for the March cohort, but if we are able to make an offer, it might be for a wait-listed place or for the next cohort.

Your application will only be considered if it is complete and submitted before the application deadline. This includes details of an enhanced DBS disclosure issued within three years of the course start date. If you have registered with the update service, you must be able to produce the original disclosure as well.

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 2nd in the UK for Nursing and 5th in the UK for Pharmacy and Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings 2021).

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For entry in the academic year beginning September 2022, 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).


PhIF funding for pharmacists  

The University of Manchester is offered Pharmacy Integration Fund (PhIF)-funded places to pharmacists who hold one of the HEE-funded pathways:

  • Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice (phase 2)
  • Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes
  • Primary Care Pharmacy Education Pathway
  • Clinical Pharmacists in Integrated Urgent Care

HEE Pharmacy Integration Programme funding

We also have a limited number of places on the March 2022 cohort for applicants who meet the eligibility criteria for the HEE Pharmacy Integration Programme.

For more information about eligibility criteria, please see the HEE Pharmacy Integration Programme webpage .

Contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
(+44) 0161 543 4699
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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