PG Credit Advanced Clinical Skills (Short Course)

Year of entry: 2022

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Degree awarded
PG Credit
6 months (part-time)
Entry requirements

We require an honours degree in Pharmacy (MPharm) (Lower Second or above) or an equivalent, Postgraduate Clinical Diploma or equivalent and an Independent prescribing qualification. See our other entry requirements for details of the professional experience and employer support that we require.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

12 per cohort.

How to apply
We do not have cohorts scheduled at this time. However, you can express interest in this course by emailing

Course options

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

Course overview

  • Learn to independently assess and manage patients with acute/urgent care needs.
  • Fit part-time study around work through face-to-face and online study days.

Advanced Clinical Skills at The University of Manchester

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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): £2,600 per 30 credit module
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £5,800 per 30 credit module

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

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).


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Contact details

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

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require an honours degree in Pharmacy (MPharm) (Lower Second or above) or an equivalent, Postgraduate Clinical Diploma or equivalent and an Independent prescribing qualification. See our other entry requirements for details of the professional experience and employer support that we require.

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system. We ask for English language proof from applicants from countries that are not majority English-speaking countries (a list of majority English-speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ).  

Specifically, we require a minimum of

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with 7.0 in reading and writing.

All certification should have been achieved within the past two years.

See further information about requirements for your country .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Professional entry qualification

In addition to meeting our academic entry requirements, you must have:

  • current registration (and good standing) as a pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council;
  • at least two years' post-registration patient-focused experience in an unscheduled care setting in the UK;
  • support from your line manager and professional lead to undertake the course;
  • the agreement of an emergency medicine mentor (EMM), who is an emergency department consultant, acute medicine consultant or a GP with an interest in urgent care, to support your supervised practice. You must complete 113 hours (15 days) of supervised practice by your EMM.

We will accept completion of one of the national clinical pharmacist education pathways (GPPTP/CPGPE/MOCH/PCPEP/IUC) in lieu of a postgraduate diploma in clinical pharmacy, but you must supply your statement of assessment and progression/completion.

Application and selection

How to apply

We do not have cohorts scheduled at this time. However, you can express interest in this course by emailing

Advice to applicants

This is an exciting opportunity for pharmacists to work in a new clinical area of expertise. This will provide personal professional development for the pharmacist and support emergency and urgent care services in primary and secondary care settings for the benefit of patients.

We advise you to work with your line manager, head of department and emergency/acute medicine/urgent care team to agree strategic support for this new, extended role for pharmacists. 

How your application is considered

Applications are considered on a first come first served basis.

Skills, knowledge, abilities, interests

You must have access to a computer with fast and reliable internet connection. There is a minimum level of computer skills required, including the ability to:

  • navigate the Blackboard virtual learning environment to locate teaching and learning materials and to access and submit assessments (with initial basic training);
  • communicate by email;
  • work efficiently with Microsoft Word or similar word processing software;
  • use the internet to search websites;
  • scan and upload documents;
  • navigate e-learning programs;
  • participate in online conferencing (webinars).

Interview requirements

All applicants who have submitted complete applications and who meet all of the eligibility criteria will be offered an online interview. Places are allocated on the basis of a successful interview.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

Only students registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council and practising in the UK are eligible for this course.

Disclosure and Barring Service check

You will undertake a DBS check as part of our requirements for entry to the course (the cost of this is included in your course fees). Our Programme Staff will contact you to explain what documents you must bring for this on the first study day. If you have had an enhanced DBS check within the three years before the course start date or you have signed up to the update service, you need not undertake a further check, but you must bring your original disclosure on the first study day. You will undertake a DBS check as part of our requirements for entry to the course (the cost of this is included in your course fees).

Course details

Course description

The role of pharmacists in the emergency department offers an exciting opportunity to work in a new field of practice. Pharmacists are also extending their scope of practice in urgent and acute medicine areas in primary and secondary care.

Our six-month Advanced Clinical Skills short course enables trainee pharmacy practitioners to independently evaluate, assess and recommend or prescribe medicines for patients who present to emergency departments.

This will allow junior and senior medical staff to attend to more urgent medical patients in a clinical setting and aims to decrease waiting times for patients with minor injuries. Research has shown that hospital pharmacists with additional skills in independent prescribing and advanced clinical assessment could manage up to 35.7% of patients presenting to emergency departments.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to manage emergency and urgent patients in addition to working as part of a multidisciplinary emergency, acute medicine and urgent care team.

Our course confers 30 postgraduate (Level 7) credits upon completion. Pharmacists who have successfully completed The University of Manchester Independent Prescribing (IP) course may be eligible for the PGCert in Advanced Specialist Training in Emergency Medicine (ASTEM) award.


This course aims to:

  • provide you with the skills to independently evaluate and assess patients who present to urgent and emergency care settings in primary and secondary care;
  • enable you to independently recommend and/or prescribe appropriate medicines for this group of patients;
  • enhance your knowledge and skills in the evaluation and application of best evidence-based practice to appropriately assess and care for patients with unscheduled presentations.

Special features

Develop in-demand skills

This course was launched in response to a national pilot that identified clear demand for pharmacists with specific skills in emergency medicine.

Teaching and learning

A range of teaching methods are used to develop the required knowledge, skills and behaviours.

Learning is delivered online as pre-/post-workshop tasks to complement face-to-face and online workshops.

The online material can be studied in your own time, and will involve directed reading and directed activities during supervised practice. You must be self-motivated to learn in your own time and have a good level of IT skills to navigate Blackboard.

A minimum of 113 hours learning in practice under the supervision of an Emergency Medicine Mentor (EMM) must be completed during the six-month course. During this time, you will complete a reflective practice portfolio to document and reflect on your learning, and to evidence your achievement of the learning outcomes.

After an online induction, there are eight study days and attendance is mandatory. You will not be permitted to attempt the assessments without complete attendance.

The OSCE is scheduled at around five months and is followed by the case presentation assessment. The reflective practice portfolio is submitted six months after the course begins.

We do not have a cohort scheduled at this time, but we will add details. You can express interest in this course by emailing  

Coursework and assessment

We will assess your progress through:

  • reflective practice portfolio;
  • an OSCE;
  • a case presentation;
  • sign-off by your emergency medicine mentor (EMM) confirming satisfactory completion of 15 days of practice-based learning and achievement of the learning outcomes.

Course unit details

There are two core units:

Advanced Clinical Assessment (mandatory) - 15 credits

This unit aims to develop enhanced knowledge and skills in the evaluation and application of knowledge of best evidence-based practice to implement appropriate assessment and care for the emergency, acute medicine and urgent care patient.

You will acquire the understanding and skills required to undertake and order a range of common practical assessment skills and diagnostic tests used in urgent and emergency care settings. Your skills in interpreting results of commonly used diagnostic tests will also be developed.

Emergency Medicine (mandatory) - 15 credits

The unit introduces you to the underpinning knowledge and understanding of the assessment and the management of patients who are requiring urgent care and who are at risk of becoming acutely unwell.

Through supervised practice in the clinical environment, this unit will build on existing knowledge of the use of a structured and systematic approach in the assessment of the urgent care patient, identifying the need for physiological and holistic care.You can develop competencies in a specific patient group and provide person-centred care for patients in urgent and emergency care who you are likely to manage within the scope of your practice.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Advanced Clinical Assessment PHAR60231 15 Mandatory
Advanced Clinical Assessment PHAR60232 15 Mandatory
Emergency Medicine PHAR60241 15 Mandatory
Emergency Medicine PHAR60242 15 Mandatory


You will complete study days in our Flexible Skills Suite, which is both simulated space and teaching area.

We follow Government guidance around the COVID-19 pandemic, which means that some workshops may be delivered online to protect the wellbeing of students, staff and the general public.

The University of Manchester also offers extensive library and online services to help you get the most out of your studies. We have reviewed the reading list to ensure that all directed materials are available online.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .

CPD opportunities

Our course will contribute to your annual revalidation commitment as part of the requirements for registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).


Career opportunities

Our course offers career progression for experienced pharmacists to manage patients in unscheduled care setting across primary and secondary care, and to work as a member of the multidisciplinary team.