Independent Prescribing (Short Course) / Overview

Year of entry: 2024

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. Evidence of at least 60 credits at level 7 may also be accepted.

See the professional entry qualification section for further professional requirements.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
40 places
How to apply

Your application will only be considered if it is complete by the cohort application deadline. This means submitting a fully completed and signed Independent Prescribing application form as well as the University’s online application .

To avoid delays, please start by reading our nomination pack which contains guidance on completing the IP application form, FAQs and information about the roles and responsibilities of the Designated Prescribing Practitioner (DPP) or the Practice Assessor and Practice Supervisor.

Please ensure that all four sections of the IP application form are signed by the relevant people:

  • you;
  • your line manager;
  • your designated prescribing practitioner (DPP, pharmacists) or you Practice Assessor and Practice Supervisor (NMC registrants);
  • your NMP or Governance Lead

Wet signatures are required on the application form; we cannot accept inserted images or electronically signed documents.

Application closing dates:

  • March cohorts, the first Tuesday of the preceding December
  • September cohorts, the last Tuesday of the preceding July.

We may consider applications after the closing date if we have places remaining after processing complete applications received before the closing date.

This course is accredited by the GPhC and the NMC, so we accept applications from registrants of these professions. We are not accredited by the HCPC or GOC, so we cannot accept applications from allied health professionals or optometrists. Please consult your regulator’s list of approved courses for options.

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 a multi-disciplinary team from a range of backgrounds.
  • Discover how to apply core prescribing skills including history taking, clinical assessment and diagnostic 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 6th in the UK for Pharmacy and Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings 2024).

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For entry in the academic year beginning September 2024, the tuition fees are as follows:

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

Home (UK) fees are offered to applicants whose fees are being funded by NHS, even if the fee assessment confirms that you are an international applicant.

Please check online for details of fees, which may be subject to change and apply only to the dates given.

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 application form . We will secure funding directly from HEE for any offer-holder who meets the eligibility criteria.

Contact details

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

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