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MSc Advanced Community Pharmacy Practice / Overview

Year of entry: 2020

Degree awarded
MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert Part time
MSc 3 years
Entry requirements
You should have an honours degree in pharmacy. You must be registered as a pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
Up to 150 places per unit, per cohort.
How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We have three entry points each academic year in September, January and May. Study dates for 2020 may differ due to Covid-19. Offer holders will be informed via email.

Please note that last HEE funded intake is May 2020 and in order to be considered for this you would need to apply by the 31st of March.

All applicants need to complete and submit our online application form (please choose the mode of attendance as distance learning, part-time and for the programme description please select EITHER PGCert Advanced Community Pharmacy Practice (HEE funded) if you are applying for HEE-funded postgraduate training OR PGCert Advanced Community Pharmacy Practice if you are self-funded).

See the advice to applicants section below for details of the supporting documents we require with your form.

Course options

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

Course overview

Funded by the Pharmacy Integration Fund.
Funded by the Pharmacy Integration Fund.
  • Take advantage of Health Education England funding to gain a fully-funded PGCert award.
  • Develop your clinical, applied practice, leadership and research skills while working as a pharmacist thanks to our part-time online distance learning approach.
  • Study at a university ranked 5th in the UK and 10th in the world for Pharmacy and Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings 2020).
  • Our learning materials are accredited by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society .
  • Open up a new career in pharmacy or take on exciting new challenges in your current role on completion of one or more of our units.

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For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,150 in year 1 and 2, £4,200 in year 3
  • PGDip (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Fees paid via block contract
  • PGCert (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Fees paid via block contract

Health Education England (HEE) funding (January 2018-March 2020): Community pharmacists who meet HEE's eligibility criteria are fully-funded to study up to eight 15-credit units (to PG Cert) on this programme.

To be funded by Health Education England, you must be a community pharmacist employed in England. Please see the advice to applicants section for more information.

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).


Community pharmacists and secure environment pharmacists can choose up to four units of postgraduate training (120 credits) from this course, which are fully-funded via the Pharmacy Integration Fund. 

Community Pharmacist Postgraduate Training supported by NHS England and Health Education England through the Pharmacy Integration Fund up until March 2021.

The fund has been set up by NHS England to enable pharmacist and pharmacy technician integration in primary care as part of new multidisciplinary healthcare teams, making the most of their clinical skills, for the benefit of patients. This postgraduate funded training is only available to pharmacists working in a community pharmacy or secure environment pharmacy in England.

Visit the  HEE website  for further details on the education and training opportunities supported by the Pharmacy Integration Fund.

See the 'Application and selection' section for information on how to access this funding at The University of Manchester and to check the eligibility criteria.

Contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
0161 306 0604
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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