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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: 2017

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Why is this course for me?

  • Complete study quickly through our fast-track independent prescribing course offering an accelerated programme of study.
  • Learn from clinicians from a range of backgrounds, including medicine, pharmacy and nursing.
  • Discover how to apply core prescribing skills including history taking, clinical reasoning and examination skills through eight face-to-face study days. You will have the flexibility to undertake learning at a time that suits you due to the low number of contact days.
Degree awarded
PG Credit
4 months
Entry requirements

We require:

  • a relevant Lower Second honours degree or above;
  • registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council (for pharmacists) or the Nursing and Midwifery Council (for nurses);
  • you to have in place an agreement of a medical practitioner to act as their Designated Medical Practitioner* during the 12 days of learning in practice.
  • nurses and midwives to have a minimum of three years' relevant post-registration experience and have been in the clinical field in which they intend to prescribe from for at least one year preceding application;
  • pharmacists to have at least two years' post-qualification patient- focused experience in hospital, community or a primary care setting.

*See requirements for the Designated Medical Practitioner below.

Please note, this course is only accredited for nurses and pharmacists.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
Contact email
Contact telephone
+44 (0)161 306 0604
How to apply

The course runs over four months and normally has two intakes each year.

Please note: the next intake will be September 2017 and the deadline for applications, including all supplementary documents, will be 1 July 2017.

To apply for a course, you will need to complete and submit our online application form and the Independent Prescribing additional application form (Word, 128KB). See answers to  frequently asked questions (Word, 17KB).

Please note that CPD Apply can no longer be used to fund this course.

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

Our Independent Prescribing short course will enable healthcare professionals to take on the role of an independent prescriber in their area of practice.

Pharmacists and nurses are taught together to facilitate multidisciplinary learning and working. A large proportion of the learning will be delivered online, providing a flexible approach to learning by allowing students the benefit of studying this in their own time.

This 30-credit course is available for study at level 7. The course runs over four months and normally has two intakes each year, one in September and one in February.

Please note the next intake will be September 2017 and the deadline for applications will be 1 July 2017.

The course includes eight days of compulsory university-attended sessions and 18 days of learning, which will be delivered through e-learning and self-directed study.

In addition, students must undertake 12 days of supervised practice with their designated medical practitioner.

Online start date :

  • 4 September 2017

Teaching dates:

  • 6 and 7 September 2017
  • 28 and 29 September 2017
  • 7 and 8 November 2017
  • 5 and 6 December 2017

Additional study day for Pharmacology and Calculations

  • 8 September 2017 (mandatory for nurses, but optional for pharmacists)

Assessment dates:

  • TBC

Please note, successful completion of an accredited course is not a guarantee of annotation or of future employment as a pharmacist independent prescriber. You can view the GPhC's accreditation reports and timescales for future accreditation here


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • Modular (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £2,400 per 30 credit unit
  • Modular (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £2,400 per 30 credit unit