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Postgraduate Diploma for Overseas Pharmacists (OSPAP) PgDip/MSc

Postgraduate Diploma for Overseas Pharmacists (OSPAP) PgDip/MSc

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas


Course type


Course Summary

Course summary

Study the key principles relevant to pharmacy practice in the UK with our General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) accredited OSPAP course here at Aston University. The course has been designed for those who obtained their pharmacy degree outside the UK but wish for it to be recognised here.

Professional accreditation

The Diploma for Overseas Pharmacists has been accredited by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), fulfilling their requirements as an OSPAP.

Course outline and what you will study

Our General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) accredited Overseas Pharmacists Assessment Programme (OSPAP) has been designed for pharmacy graduates who gained their degree outside the United Kingdom. Through this course, international pharmacists can convert their existing pharmaceutical qualification so it is recognised in the UK.

Learning, teaching, assessment and staff

Taught in our modern Birmingham city centre campus, attendance is expected Monday to Thursday (with the occasional Friday). Satisfactory attendace and performance in the assessments are required for successful completion of the OSPAP.

Various study methods are used throughout the course including:

  • Lectures
  • Group tutorials
  • Practicals
  • Web-based learning
  • Clinical teaching sessions.

Assessment methods include:

  • Examination
  • Web based clinical assignments
  • Clinical case studies
  • Clinical case presentation
  • Portfolio development
  • Practical dispensing examination
  • MSc only - Research project (critical appraisal, dissertation and poster presentation).

Your future career prospects

Once successfully completed, you will be eligible to undertake your pre-registration placement, before applying to register as a Pharmacist with The General Pharmaceutical Council.

The programme has an excellent track record of students obtaining and successfully completing the pre-registration training.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


9 months

Start date



Applied Pharmacology and Therapeutics - Core
Professional Critical Skills
Pharmaceutics in Practice
Pharmaceutical Technology
Practical Therapeutics
Pharmacy Law, Ethics and Professional Practice

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

All applicants must: Possess a pharmacy degree that enables you to register as a pharmacist with The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC); Possess documented approval from the GPhC regarding eligibility to undertake OSPAP prior to applying to Aston University. This evidence must be obtained before you apply; Possess an appropriate English language qualification. The GPhC have recently revised the evidence that they are willing to accept for English Language knowledge.