Prescribing for Pharmacists at Queen's University Belfast - UCAS

Queen's University Belfast

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: Queen’s University Belfast

Prescribing for Pharmacists (Taught)

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Course summary

Do you want to advance your pharmacy career by becoming a non-medical prescriber? This programme is accredited by both the General Pharmaceutical Council and Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland to train pharmacists as non-medical prescribers. Students undertake online and work-based training and assessment in addition to a 5-day clinical skills residential in February at our Clinical Skills Centre on-campus in Belfast. This programme has been developed to train pharmacists in Great Britain as non-medical prescribers. Applications from pharmacists outside the UK will be considered on a case-by-case basis and must include evidence of support by the applicant’s employer. If you are employed as a pharmacist in Northern Ireland and wish to train as a non-medical prescriber, please visit our PG Cert in Independent Prescribing.


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How to apply

International applicants

For non-native English Language speakers, evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years). Note: this programme is only open to students who are resident in Great Britain. International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

Entry requirements

A primary degree in Pharmacy (minimum Bachelor degree) from an institution approved by the University. Additionally all students must: • Be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and/or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and be in good standing with the GPhC and/or PSNI. • Have relevant patient-oriented experience in a UK pharmacy setting and be able to recognise, understand and articulate the skills and attributes required by a prescriber (guidance on how to demonstrate this will be provided following application). • Have a designated prescribing practitioner (DPP) who has agreed to supervise the learning in practice element. The DPP must be medically qualified (GP in primary care or Consultant/SAS [specialist, associate specialist or specialty doctor] in hospital)*. • Have an identified an area of clinical or therapeutic practice on which to base their learning - please note that the DPP must have clinical expertise and experience in this area. • Be able to attend 5-day clinical skills residential in Belfast in January 2025 (dates to be confirmed). * Further guidance on the type of experience and DPP requirements will be provided when applying for this programme. Note: this programme is only open to students who are resident in Great Britain. Further information:,894791,en.pdf

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

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Sponsorship information

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Prescribing for Pharmacists at Queen's University Belfast - UCAS