Clinical Pharmacy Practice at Keele University - UCAS

Keele University

Degree level: Postgraduate

Clinical Pharmacy Practice (Taught)

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Course summary

Capitalising on over 20 years experience delivering flexible distance learning to support the continuing professional development (CPD) of practicing pharmacists, Keele’s Clinical Pharmacy Practice programme allows you to improve your clinical and professional knowledge and skills at a time, place and pace that suits you. You can tailor your study to your interests and educational needs, choosing from over 25 different modules covering skills-based and clinical topics. Designed for pharmacists working in any patient-facing sector of practice, including hospital, community or GP practice, our CPD embraces foundation level training through to advanced practice and ultimately your master’s qualification. Why study this course?

  • Ranked top 20 in the UK for Pharmacology and Pharmacy (The Complete University Guide 2022), modules are annually updated with input from specialist pharmacists working in practice.
  • Part-time distance learning allows you to personalise CPD to your educational needs, experience and qualifications.
  • Course learning outcomes map to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Frameworks to help you advance your career and evidence your CPD.
  • Option to receive Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy Practice (Independent Prescribing) by studying our highly-regarded Independent Prescribing Course (N.B. This requires attendance at four study days)
  • Centre for Professional Development and Lifelong Learning (CPD4ALL) has a reputation for stimulating courses which meet the needs of pharmacists and other healthcare professionals.
From new scopes of practice and greater interprofessional collaboration, to changing regulations and service developments, the pharmacy profession is continually evolving to meet the desire for more efficient and effective patient care. CPD has become crucial to ensure pharmacists — and the profession as a whole — are able to respond and adapt to rapidly changing healthcare systems and needs. We believe our Clinical Pharmacy Practice (CPP) programme is one of the most flexible learning programmes on offer. Not only does it allow you to tailor your studies by choosing from over 25 different modules, but you can set your own timeframe for study, potentially dipping in and out of learning over five years or working your way up to the MSc in as little as three. The course duration for this programme is 1-5 years, part-time by distance learning. The Programme is flexible in that it allows you to finish your studies at one of three postgraduate levels - PgCert, PgDip, MSc. About Keele Keele University was established in 1949 by the former Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University. Founded to meet the needs of a changing world, Keele has always had a pioneering vision to be a different kind of university. We excel in both teaching and research, with some of the most satisfied students in England, and research that is changing lives for the better at a regional, national and global level. Our beautiful 600-acre campus is one of the biggest in Britain – but all the most important services and facilities are on your doorstep, with accommodation, teaching spaces, facilities including a medical centre, sports centre and pharmacy, and a range of shops, eateries and entertainment venues – including the Students’ Union – clustered around the centre.


For information regarding modules for this course, please visit the course page on the Keele University website.

Entry requirements

To gain admission to the Certificate and Diploma courses, you must be a pharmacist registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), or equivalent for pharmacists working overseas, and be practising either full-time or part-time in a patient-facing role. For our fixed pathway, we recommend that applicants should normally, have worked in a patient-facing pharmacy setting for 6-12 months prior to commencing the Course so that they have gained some experience of working in this sector. Applicants who wish to study on our fixed pathway programme and who work in the hospital sector must be working at a hospital that can provide a Clinical Co-ordinator to support you in the workplace. It is also essential that you have the support of your workplace to access patient data, where necessary for course learning activities and assessment. The equivalent of 100 hours of study per 10 credits will be required to complete your course. The fixed pathway of this programme is not available to those who are not resident and working in the UK. However, the CPD Plus flexible pathway to obtain a Clinical Pharmacy Practice award is available to International pharmacists practising in either primary or secondary care. Normally, only applicants with the minimum of a second class degree classification (or equivalent for applicants from outside the UK) in Pharmacy will be accepted onto the programme without interview. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The University reserves the right to interview prospective students and take up academic references. The final decision in any case rests with the University. Candidates are also admitted on the basis of perceived and potential competence to complete the programme. Progression each year is dependent on your satisfactory performance in the previous year. For the MSc year, you may be able to gain direct entry if you have an ‘equivalent’ postgraduate diploma from another UK University. The fixed pathway programme commences each January. The flexible CPD Plus pathway can be commenced each calendar month throughout the year. If you wish to study the Independent Prescribing module as part of our Clinical Pharmacy Practice Diploma/MSc programme then additional entry requirements apply. Please see the Independent Prescribing Course pages for further information on these requirements. Our stand-alone credit bearing short courses are open to pharmacists and other practising healthcare professionals, registered with their appropriate professional body, who are in a patient facing role, and who have studied to at least undergraduate degree level, or who have at least 5 years of experience of practising in their field. From January 2021 CPD short-courses, without associated academic credits (CPD Short courses) can be studied by all practising healthcare professionals.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Information relating to the tuition fees and funding options for this course can be viewed on the Keele University website.

Sponsorship information

Students will be self-funding or sponsored by their employers. Applicants who are NHS employees may have funding from elsewhere in the NHS/Department of Health e.g. Health Education England.

Clinical Pharmacy Practice at Keele University - UCAS