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Medicines Optimisation PGCert/PGDip/MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Drug Medicine Control (Nursing)

Course type


Course Summary

Medicines optimisation describes a system of processes and behaviours that determines how medicines are used by patients and the NHS. Effective medicines optimisation places the patient as the primary focus of interventions by healthcare professionals and is a key driver for NHS modernisation in the UK. Whether you are working in primary or secondary care, in a GP surgery, a community pharmacy or for a hospital trust, the medicines optimisation programme will equip you with the skills and knowledge to contribute effectively to medicines optimisation services and to individual drug therapy decisions.

PG Certificate and Diploma assessment is through the completion of work-based case studies and assignments. MSc students are assessed through completion of the research project. This degree equips you to work more closely with other healthcare professionals in primary care, particularly GPs and CCGs, while developing clinical skills in your chosen specialty areas of care and offering you the opportunity to qualify as a non-medical prescriber. Students will also achieve PGCert and PGDip awards in this course.

Different course options

Study mode

Distance without attendance


6 years

Start date



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

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

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

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 care. They 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

University information

The University of Greenwich has three campuses situated in south-east London and Kent. It offers a wide range of postgraduate programmes, along with a number of research degrees. The university has nine Times Higher Education Awards, four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education and two Guardian University Awards for Research Impact. Among the teaching staff, there are award winning National Teaching Fellows, while alumni...more

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