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Independent Prescribing (Short Course)

Independent Prescribing (Short Course)

Key information

Qualification type

Short Course Certificate

Subject areas

Drug Medicine Control (Nursing) Paramedical Services / Supplementary Medicine

Course type


Course Summary

Our Independent Prescribing short course will enable healthcare professionals to take on the role of an independent prescriber in their area of practice.

Pharmacists and nurses/midwives are taught together to facilitate multidisciplinary learning and working. A large proportion of the learning will be delivered online, providing a flexible approach to learning by allowing students the benefit of studying this in their own time.

This 30-credit course is available for study at level 7 (master's level). The course runs over four months and normally has two intakes each year in September and March.

The course includes eight days of compulsory university-attended sessions (nine for nurses/midwives) and 18 days of self-directed learning, which will be delivered through e-learning and self-directed study.

In addition, you must undertake 12 days of supervised practice with your designated medical practitioner.

Please note that successful completion of an accredited course is not a guarantee of annotation or of future employment as an independent prescriber.

You can view accreditation reports and timescales for future accreditation on the General Pharmaceutical Council website . You can confirm our accreditation with the Nursing and Midwifery Council on their website .

Please check online for course dates. If there are no dates for your preferred cohort, please contact us to enquire. Attendance at all teaching and assessment days is mandatory, so it is important to confirm that you are able to attend them all before you apply.

Please check online for details of fees, which may be subject to change and apply only to the dates given.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


4 months

Start date



This unit aligns with the key principles of safe and effective prescribing practice delivered in the accompanying unit Clinical assessment, diagnosis and prescribing practice. This unit engages the learner in a series of activities, learning exercises and reflective materials to provide them with an in-depth understanding of the legal, ethical, professional issues related to prescribing to support them in developing as competent prescribers. Students will be supported in evaluating their professional responsibility and accountability associated with prescribing. Prescribing in the wider context of the multi-disciplinary team will be reviewed, alongside responsibilities related to prescribing in a public-health context. Students will develop the ability to synthesis and critically evaluate prescribing related literature and evaluate the evidence base for prescribing practice. Throughout this unit the student’s experience in practice under the supervision of a designated medical practitioner (DMP) will provide the opportunity to consolidate this learning through application of theory to practice.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (credit)


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

We require a relevant Lower Second honours degree or above. See the Professional entry qualification section for further professional requirements.