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Pharmacist CPD
Update or learn new skills and knowledge in clinical pharmacy by taking one or more of our CPD courses based on units from our master's degree.

Pharmacist CPD / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course description

If you are interested in studying pharmacy at postgraduate level to further your professional practice and prospects, but don't have the time to dedicate to a full master's course, take one or more units from our  MSc Clinical Pharmacy  and MSc Advanced Community Pharmacy Practice courses as standalone continuing professional development (CPD) courses via online part-time distance learning.

We are currently offering nineteen units as courses for CPD. You can study one unit as a standalone course or take more units to build up credits for a postgraduate award.


The pharmacy CPD units aim to provide pharmacists with flexibility and choice to advance their professional and clinical skills as part of their lifelong learning.

Throughout all units, there is an emphasis on patient-centred care, clinical leadership, patient safety, complex decision-making and continuing professional development to drive forward service innovation in pharmacy.

Special features

Recognised excellence

Manchester is one of only a small number of universities with Royal Pharmaceutical Society Foundation School accreditation.

Study materials from this professionally-recognised course are all mapped against the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Foundation and Advanced Pharmacy frameworks, which means that you can use our units as evidence of professional competency as part of the RPS recognition of competency.

Teaching and learning

All of our CPD units are delivered online. Only two of our units require you to attend a single study day. Teaching and learning methods vary between units, but can include:

  • e-lectures;
  • directed and recommended reading;
  • case studies;
  • online discussion forums;
  • evening webinars;
  • short videos;
  • self-directed work-based tasks;
  • personal development planning.

Visit the relevant unit page to find out more about specific teaching and learning methods for that unit.

Coursework and assessment

We use a range of summative and formative assessments that vary depending on the unit. They can include:

  • reflective accounts;
  • practice portfolios;
  • webinar oral presentations;
  • Pharmaceutical Care Plans (PCPs);
  • case presentations;
  • Personal development plans;
  • Evidence of completion of CPPE learning programmes.

Visit the relevant unit page to find out more about specific coursework and assessment methods for that unit.

Course unit details

You can take any unit listed above as a standalone course for continuing professional development (CPD).

These units are delivered via online distance learning. After completing three CPD units, you will be invited to apply for a postgraduate qualification (PGCert, PGDip or MSc). If you apply for a postgraduate qualification after completion of CPD units, you must complete all relevant core units.

If you take a standalone CPD unit, you must re-apply if you want to undertake a postgraduate qualification within three years of starting your first CPD unit. You then have up to five years to complete the qualification.

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
Medicines Optimisation & Therapeutics 1 PHAR60411 15 Optional
Education and Training PHAR60431 15 Optional
Research Methods PHAR60512 15 Optional
Introduction to Pharmacy Public Health Services PHAR62221 15 Optional
Pharmacy Public Health Services: Sexual and Reproductive Health Services PHAR62231 15 Optional
Pharmacy Public Health Services: Substance Use and Misuse Services PHAR62242 15 Optional
Surgery PHAR62252 15 Optional
Leadership and Management PHAR62261 15 Optional
Pharmacy Public Health Services: Cancer Awareness, Detection and Screening Services PHAR62281 15 Optional
Foundations of Clinical Pharmacy PHAR63001 15 Optional
Evidence Based Practice PHAR63002 15 Optional
Medicines Optimisation and Therapeutics 2 PHAR63012 15 Optional
Specialist Medicines Optimisation and Therapeutics PHAR63021 15 Optional
Mental Health PHAR63031 15 Optional
Paediatrics PHAR63041 15 Optional
Displaying 10 of 15 course units


Our CPD units are delivered online, which means you do not need to study in Manchester. However, our staff make full use of a range of facilities to deliver high quality learning experiences to online learners.

If you study our Extended Skills units in Assessment and Examination or Communication and Consultation, you will be required to attend one study day of which there will be a choice of dates and accessible locations in England.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk