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Overseas Pharmacists (OSPAP) PGDip

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas


Course type


Course Summary

This course is for you if you obtained your pharmacy degree from outside the UK and wish to convert your qualification so it is recognised in the UK by taking an accredited course at one of Europe's leading Pharmacy Schools. This course is for pharmacy graduates who gained their degree outside the United Kingdom. It enables pharmacists to convert their existing pharmaceutical qualification so it is recognised in the UK. It focuses upon new developments in key pharmaceutical sciences, clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice together with the study of health service delivery and pharmacy law and ethics within the UK. Successful completion of the course will allow you to undertake a pre-registration placement, before applying to register as a Pharmacist with The General Pharmaceutical Council. You will also gain an Aston University Diploma. Aston University is not responsible for the provision of a pre-registration training place nor preparation for professional qualifying examinations. The course is designed for those who wish to practise as a Pharmacist in the UK. The programme has an excellent track record of students obtaining and successfully completing the pre-registration training. The Diploma for Overseas Pharmacists has been accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), fulfilling their requirements as an OSPAP. The diploma course comprises six modules of study and a wide range of study methods are used including lectures, group tutorials, practicals, web-based learning and clinical teaching sessions.

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Study mode

Full time


9 months

Start date



Covers core elements of the retrieval and use of pharmaceutical information, the theory and practice of personal and interpersonal skills including communication and IT skills, responding to symptoms and introduces students to the concepts of organised continuing professional development (CPD).

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a pharmacy degree that enables them to register as a pharmacist with The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). They need to possess documented approval from the GPhC regarding eligibility to undertake OSPAP. Their requirements are: A recent pharmacy qualification (i.e., a pharmacy qualification that would have enabled you to practise as a pharmacist in such countries) that has been taught and examined in English in a majority English speaking country (other than the UK) (e.g. Ireland, United States of America, Australia, New Zealand); Recent practise for at least two years as a pharmacy professional (pharmacy technician or pharmacist) in a majority English speaking country.