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Advanced Pharmacy Practice (Primary Care) MSc / PGDip

Advanced Pharmacy Practice (Primary Care) MSc / PGDip

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Pharmacy Primary Health Care Caring Skills

Course type


Course Summary

The new part-time, distance learning MSc Advanced Pharmacy Practice (Primary Care) programme is designed for experienced pharmacists looking to develop new competencies at an advanced level. You’ll develop the clinical and advanced therapeutic skills required to work effectively in a GP practice, enhancing your ability to deliver safe and effective patient-centred care in partnership with multi-disciplinary teams. The programme covers subjects such as: pharmaceutical management of patients with complex clinical problems and co-morbidities; the organisational culture associated with working as a pharmacist in a GP Practice; quality and service improvement, and managing change; advanced communication and leadership and management. You can proceed to MSc level by completing an additional two modules in a third year, including a Quality and Service Improvement project.

This programme provides education and training for experienced pharmacists, who may be changing sector, to develop advanced level knowledge and skills whilst working in a GP practice. Working as part of a multidisciplinary team is key to the development of relationships and experience in any clinical setting and the University of Bradford School of Pharmacy & Medical Sciences is well positioned to ensure that multidisciplinary learning and working is at the forefront of the course design due to its close involvement with programmes for other allied health professionals including physician associates, nurses and paramedics. Students can progress into the MSc after successful completion of PgDip.

Careers: The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. There has been an increasing shift of health services into primary care, driven by NHS policy. It has been recognised that pharmacists are a crucial part of the plan to address the increased workforce needs in General Practice. This programme is designed to provide education and training so that experienced pharmacists are able to work alongside GPs in a variety of senior roles identified and endorsed by the Royal College of General Practice (RCGP), the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and the Primary Care Pharmacist Association (PCPA) in their document entitled ‘A guide for GPs considering employing a practice pharmacist’.

Different course options

Study mode



3 years

Start date



This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop in-depth awareness and understanding of medicines quality improvement processes and information management in primary care general practice. This module will allow students to develop their skills in undertaking medicines reconciliations and clinical medication reviews and in managing repeat prescribing. In addition, students will develop their knowledge and understanding of the processes involved in the implementation of local and national guidelines and making formulary recommendations.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Students will need to pay £3,075 per 60 credits to PgDip; £2,306 for the final 60 credits to complete the MSc.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Contact University and ask about this fee

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) for a minimum of two years; be working in the UK; have access to patients in General Practice.