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Pharmacy (OSPAP) MSc (PGDip)

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

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Course type


Course Summary

As a student on this course you will study new developments in the areas of pharmaceutics, clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice and have the opportunity to develop a programme of work that meets your individual needs.

When you have completed the course, you will be able to undertake pre-registration training and apply for the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) registration exam with the aim of becoming a UK registered pharmacist.

For the MSc award, research projects run from June to September following completion of the PGDip modules. For more information about our PGDip only qualification, visit the relevant course page.

The PGDip is accredited by the GPhC as an Overseas Pharmacists’ Assessment Programme (OSPAP).

The course includes experiential visits to community and hospital pharmacies to help you build practical experience in healthcare.

Course structure

There are seven diploma modules run over two semesters: one independent study and six university-based modules. The independent study module is supported by specifically written module materials and staff-led tutorial sessions. The remaining six modules involve a mixture of lectures and skills-based workshops and are run over two days per week at the university.

Although attendance for the diploma modules is only required at the university for two days a week, attendance for the MSc project from June to August requires attendance five days a week.


On completion of the course you will be able to undertake pre-registration training and apply for the General Pharmaceutical Council registration examination, which will allow you to become a UK-registered pharmacist.

Students can exit with PGDip.


Advanced Professional Studies 
Health Promotion for Pharmacists
Pharmaceutical Skills 
Research Project
Clinical Drug Delivery
Applied Therapeutics
Scientific Basis of Pharmacy Practice
Novel Medicinal Products: A Clinical Perspective 

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Entry requirements

Applicants must have the following qualifications and/or experience: an overseas degree in pharmacy normally with a 2:1 or above (or equivalent); satisfactory adjudication of qualifications by the General Pharmaceutical Council; achievement of 40% or above in the online pharmaceutical calculations admission test. Applicants should have graduated in the last six years, or have a portfolio of evidence demonstrating continuing practice and training in pharmacy. Applicants who have already been awarded a PGDip Pharmacy (OSPAP) from the University of Brighton are eligible for up to 120 credits accredited prior learning against this award. Those with equivalent qualifications wanting to apply for advanced standing will be considered on an individual basis.

University information

Located on England’s beautiful south coast, the University of Brighton is a busy multi-campus university with a diverse body of over 3,800 postgraduate students. The university provides students with a choice of more than 200 courses, with a wide range of postgraduate programmes available and many of them accredited by relevant professional bodies. Students can choose between different flexible studying options, meaning they can achieve their...more

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