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Professional Doctorate in Pharmacy (DPharm)

Professional Doctorate in Pharmacy (DPharm)

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Study mode

Part time


4 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

DPharm - Doctorate in Pharmacy

Subject areas


Course type


Course Summary

This part-time, flexible programme is a professional doctorate equivalent to a traditional PhD, which aims to develop experienced, working registered pharmacists into effective researchers through successful completion of appropriate distance e-learning material, a systematic review of an agreed research theme and a workplace based research project relevant to their area of practice.

As confirmed at local, regional and national (DH) levels successful completion of the proposed DPharm would optimise the candidate's position to achieve Consultant Pharmacist status within the NHS and further the research base in Pharmacy Practice and Medicines Management.

Due to the flexible nature of the programme this research can be done part-time to fit around your working patterns. The programme runs over 4 years part time for students who already hold a relevant MSc qualification; 5 years part time for students who hold a relevant PG Diploma; 6 years part time for students with minimum entry qualifications (PG Certificate).

Careers Support for Postgraduate Students

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We recognise that as a postgraduate student you are likely to have specific requirements when it comes to planning for your next career step. Employers expect postgraduates to have a range of skills that exceed their subject knowledge. Careers Network offers a range of events and support services that are designed for all students, including postgraduates looking to find their niche in the job market.

Here are just a few ways in which we can help postgraduates to get ahead:

  • Careers Networking opportunities
  • Effective careers strategy toolkit
  • Year planner for all postgraduate students
  • Masters Career Coaching Workshops
  • One to one careers guidance


workplace-based research project

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

This course is not applicable to International students.

Entry requirements

This programme is open to those with a Pharmaceutical degree normally classified at 2(i) or above or equivalent. Successful applicants will have a Postgraduate award at Certificate, Diploma or Masters level in an appropriate discipline. Employment with an appropriate body agreeing to host workplace based research is essential.