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PGCert Advanced Specialist Training in Emergency Medicine / Overview

Year of entry: 2021

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Degree awarded
Postgraduate Certificate
1 year PT
Entry requirements

See the Independent Prescribing and Advanced Clinical Skills pages for specific entry requirements.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

With one remaining cohort of the Advanced Clinical Skills course, there are two routes to the PGCert in Advanced Specialist Training in Emergency Medicine (ASTEM).

Route 1: This pathway is for pharmacists who completed the Independent Prescribing course at The University of Manchester and who have not used these credits towards another award, eg, PGDip/MSc Clinical Pharmacy. It requires completion of the Advanced Clinical Skills short course for which you need to apply by following the instructions on dedicated course page.

Route 2: If you have already completed an independent prescribing qualification at FHEQ level 7 at another university, you may be able to transfer a maximum of 15 credits to the award of PGCert in Advanced Specialist Training in Emergency Medicine. You must study the Advanced Clinical Skills short course and a further 15-credit unit:

Please note that there is no route to PGCert ASTEM for pharmacists with an FHEQ level 6 independent prescribing qualification, although it is possible to study Advanced Clinical Skills as a standalone course.

Please contact the Admissions Team to find out the deadline for applications:  

Course options

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

Course overview

  • Learn to independently assess and manage patients with acute/urgent care needs, including prescribing.
  • Study at a university ranked 5th in the UK for Pharmacy and Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings 2021).
  • Fit part-time study around work through face-to-face and online study days.
  • Pharmacists working in urgent/emergency care in an NHS organisation in NW England may be eligible to have course fees paid by Health Education England North.

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Fees for entry in 2021 have not yet been set. For reference, the fees for the academic year beginning September 2020 were as follows:

  • PGCert (part-time)
    UK students (per annum): £4,800

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).


Pharmacists with a level 7 independent prescribing qualification may be eligible to access a funded place on the final Advanced Clinical Skills cohort. However, the additional fees for PHAR63031 Mental Health or PHAR63041 Paediatrics (the top-up route) are not funded by Heath Education England North.

For the latest scholarship and bursary information please visit the fees and funding page.

Contact details

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

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