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Medicines Optimisation, PGCert/PGDip/MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Seo (Search Engine Optimisation) Pharmacology

Course type


Course Summary

Get the skills you need to contribute effectively to medicines management and drug therapy decisions with a Master’s in Medicines Optimisation by distance learning.

Medicines optimisation covers the processes and behaviours that determine how medicines are used by patients and the NHS. Effective medicines optimisation places the patient at the centre and acts as a key driver for NHS modernisation in the UK.

Whether you work in primary or secondary care, a GP surgery, a community pharmacy or for a hospital trust, this course provides a full understanding of medicines optimisation in the NHS. Explore how optimisation contributes to getting the maximum benefits for patients and the best value for money.

Study this course by distance learning and choose from a wide range of options to suit the focus of your clinical practice.

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

This degree equips you to work more closely with other healthcare professionals in primary care, particularly GPs and CCGs. At the same time, you develop clinical skills in your speciality areas of care and have the opportunity to qualify as a non-medical prescriber.

Do you provide employability services?

This is a work-based programme. You must must already be working in an accredited workplace with an accredited educational supervisor.

Different course options

Study mode

Distance without attendance


3 years

Start date



Medicines Management in Practice (10 Credits) - Core
Consultation and Communication in Practice: Patients as Partners (10 Credits) - Core
Using Evidence Effectively (10 Credits) - Core
Medication Review in Practice (10 Credits) - Core
Research Project (60 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

£8,500 per year for full time and it’s a guide for distance learning students.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

£14,000 per year for full time and it’s a guide for distance learning students.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants must be pharmacists, nurses or allied health professionals (AHPs) registered with the relevant UK professional body and working in the NHS or similar UK-based health system providing direct patient ey must have a first degree in a relevant subject from an EU university. Equivalent qualifications from a non-EU university may be acceptable, but this will be assessed on an individual basis. Students must have direct access to patients in order to complete the assignments in many of the courses.

Department profile

Faculty of Engineering & Science The historic Medway Campus in Chatham Maritime is home to the Faculty of Engineering and Science. In 2017, the Medway Campus benefited from £50 million investment that has seen the construction of extensive new laboratories and research facilities. Our community of student’s ranges from undergraduate through to taught Masters and PhDs. Our strong international reputation attracts students from around the...more