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Pharmacy - Prescribing for Pharmacists

This Postgraduate Certificate is designed to provide postgraduate training in non-medical prescribing for pharmacists in Northern Ireland.

Why Queen's?
• The School of Pharmacy at Queen's is consistently ranked as one of the leading centres for pharmacy education and research in the UK.
• This PG Certificate is accredited by the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland and the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).
• The programme is delivered in collaboration with the Northern Ireland Centre for Pharmacy Learning and Development (NICPLD).

Entry requirements

Entrance Requirements
A primary degree in Pharmacy from an institution approved by the University.
Additionally all students must have:
• 2-year post-registration experience
• the support of their sponsoring organisation
• identified a designated medical practitioner prior to commencing the programme
Note: the start date for this programme is April 2017.
Note: this programme is only open to students who are resident in Northern Ireland.

International Qualifications
For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

Additional Information For International Students
International students (for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their studies. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. 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).

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

For additional information, please visit our website.
• English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level.
• Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English
• See Also The Into Graduate Diploma In Finance Which Combines Academic Study, Intensive English Language Teaching And Study Skills To Prepare You For Entry Into A University Masters Degree.


1 year full-time.

Learning and Teaching
Morning / Afternoon / Evening.

This programme consists of a combination of e-learning, work-based learning and workshops.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
Pharmacists who complete this programme are eligible to register as a Supplementary and Independent Prescriber with the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland and the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

Dr Brian McCaw
Distance Learning Centre School of Pharmacy
Tel: 9097 2004

Subjects taught

Six taught modules:
1. Clinical Examination Skills and Patient Monitoring
2. Developing a Treatment/Clinical Management Plan
3. Disease Management
4. Evidence-Based Practice and Clinical Governance
5. Influences on Psychology of Prescribing
6. Legal, Policy, Professional and Ethical Aspects

Plus 12 days in-practice training with a designated medical practitioner.

Assessment method

Assignments, OSCE and practice portfolio.

Application date

Postgraduate Taught
In general, there are no closing dates for the majority of courses (those with closing dates will be highlighted in the Course Finder). However we advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

Postgraduate Research
There is no standard closing date. You should however check both the University’s website and refer to the relevant School/Institute webpage for information on deadline dates for postgraduate funding applications, as these will also determine when your application for admission should be submitted.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2017

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