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Independent Prescribing (short course) at The University of Manchester
Independent Prescribing (Short Course)
Learn how to take on the role of an independent prescriber in your area of healthcare practice with our flexible course.

Independent Prescribing (Short Course) / Overview

Year of entry: 2020

Degree awarded
PG Credit
4 months
Entry requirements

We require a relevant Lower Second honours degree or above. See the Professional entry qualification section for further professional requirements.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
40 places
How to apply

Please apply via our online application form and the Independent Prescribing additional application form (Word, 88KB), which has details of the other documents that are required.

We have also collated the information on this page and the application form into a nomination pack (Word, 132KB) that you can download and share.

The deadline for applications is 10am on 29 July 2020. For your application to be considered, you must submit all of the required supporting documents and have an enhanced DBS disclosure that was issued within three years of the course start date. If you have registered with the update service, you must be able to produce the original disclosure as well.

Accreditation under the new General Pharmaceutical Council and Nursing and Midwifery Council standards has been delayed by the pandemic. While we are still able to deliver the course, we will require all students to have a designated medical practitioner (DMP) rather than an experienced prescriber from any other profession. You should ensure that you complete the April 2018 version of the application form so that the eligibility criteria are accurate and you provide the information we require. If you provide a different version, we may require additional information to process your application.

The application process has several elements and it is important to complete them all before the application deadline in order not to miss your preferred cohort.

Course options

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

Course overview

  • Take on the role of an independent prescriber in your area of healthcare practice through this course.
  • Learn from clinicians from a range of backgrounds, including medicine, pharmacy and nursing.
  • Discover how to apply core prescribing skills including history taking, physical examination skills and clinical reasoning.
  • Have the flexibility to undertake learning at a time that suits you due to the low number of contact days.
  • Study at a university ranked 3rd in the UK for Nursing and 5th in the UK for Pharmacy and Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings 2020).

Open days

Attending an open day is a great way to find out what studying at Manchester is like. Find out about our upcoming open days .


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

  • Modular (part-time)
    UK students (per annum): £1,750 per 30 credit unit

The University of Manchester is offering Pharmacy Integration Fund (PhIF)-funded places to pharmacists who hold one of the HEE-funded pathways:

  • Clinical Pharmacists in General Practice (phase 2)
  • Medicines Optimisation in Care Homes
  • Primary Care Pharmacy Education Pathway
  • Clinical Pharmacists in Integrated Urgent Care.

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).

Contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 275 1798
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health