Pharmacy - Prescribing for Pharmacists

This Postgraduate Certificate is designed to provide postgraduate training in non-medical prescribing for pharmacists.
Annual intakes commence in September (GB pharmacists) or April (NI pharmacists)

Entry requirements

A primary degree in Pharmacy (minimum Bachelor degree) from an institution approved by the University.

Additionally all students must have:

- 2-year's post-registration experience

- the support of their sponsoring organisation

- identified a designated medical practitioner prior to commencing the programme

- be registered with Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI), General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) or equivalent acceptable to the University.

Note: this programme is only open to students who are resident in Northern Ireland or Great Britain.

For students resident in Northern Ireland, the start date for this programme is April 2019 / 2020. For students resident in Great Britain, the start date for this programme is September 2019. This is because of the timing of the on-campus residential which GB students are required to attend.

International Students
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements
For non-native English Language speakers, 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. Note: this programme is only open to students who are resident in Northern Ireland or Great Britain.

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

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 degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
•Academic English: 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.


1 year part-time.

Teaching Times
Morning / Afternoon / Evening.

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

Students in Great Britain attend a 5-day residential in Belfast in the second Semester (dates to be confirmed).

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).

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Further enquiries

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

Subjects taught

Course Structure
Six taught modules:
Clinical Examination Skills and Patient Monitoring

Developing a Treatment/Clinical Management Plan

Disease Management

Evidence-Based Practice and Clinical Governance

Influences on Psychology of Prescribing

Legal, Policy, Professional and Ethical Aspects

The programme is delivered via a combination of e-learning and work-based learning and includes 12 days in-practice training with a Designated Medical Practitioner, the purpose of which is to enable the student to develop and practice clinical examination skills relevant to the condition(s) for which they intend to prescribe. Applicants must have been practicing for at least two years and should be employed in either primary or secondary care.

Students in Great Britain are required to attend a 5-day residential in Belfast, which includes workshops, clinical skills training and assessment. The residential will be held in the second Semester (dates to be confirmed). Students are required to pay their own travel, accommodation and subsistence costs.


Prescribing for Pharmacists highlights
Students undertake clinical skills training in our on-campus clinical skills teaching laboratories.

Professional Accreditations
•This PG Certificate is accredited by the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland and the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

World Class Facilities
•The School of Pharmacy at Queen's is consistently ranked as one of the leading centres for pharmacy education and research in the UK.

Assessment method

Assignments, OSCE and practice portfolio.

Application date

How to Apply
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year 2020

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