PgCert | Postgraduate Taught

Prescribing for Pharmacists

Entry year
Entry requirements
Minimum Bachelor degree in Pharmacy
1 years (Part Time)
Places available
  • Overview

    This Postgraduate Certificate is designed to provide postgraduate training in non-medical prescribing for pharmacists.
    Annual intakes commence in September (GB pharmacists) or April (NI pharmacists)

    Prescribing for Pharmacists highlights

    Students undertake clinical skills training in our on-campus clinical skills teaching laboratories

    Professional Accreditations

    • This PG Certificate is accredited by the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland and the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

    World Class Facilities

    • The School of Pharmacy at Queen's is consistently ranked as one of the leading centres for pharmacy education and research in the UK.

    EU Referendum

    Information on the implications of Brexit for prospective students.

  • Course content

    Course Structure

    IntroductionSix taught modules:

    Clinical Examination Skills and Patient Monitoring

    Developing a Treatment/Clinical Management Plan

    Disease Management

    Evidence-Based Practice and Clinical Governance

    Influences on psychology of Prescribing

    Legal, Policy, Professional and Ethical Aspects

    The programme is delivered via a combination of e-learning and work-based learning and includes 12 days in-practice training with a Designated Medical Practitioner, the purpose of which is to enable the student to develop and practice clinical examination skills relevant to the condition(s) for which they intend to prescribe. Applicants must have been practicing for at least two years and should be employed in either primary or secondary care.

    Students in Great Britain are required to attend a 5-day residential in Belfast, which includes workshops, clinical skills training and assessment. The residential will be held in the second Semester (dates to be confirmed). Students are required to pay their own travel, accommodation and subsistence costs.

    People teaching you

    Dr Brian McCaw
    Distance Learning Centre Manager

    School of Pharmacy

    Teaching Times

    Morning / Afternoon / Evening

    Career Prospects

    Pharmacists who complete this programme are eligible to register as a Supplementary and Independent Prescriber with the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland and the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

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    Learning and Teaching

    Learning opportunities associated with this course are outlined below:


    This programme consists of a combination of e-learning, work-based learning and workshops.

    Students in Great Britain attend a 5-day residential in Belfast in the second Semester (dates to be confirmed).


    Assessments associated with the course are outlined below:

    Awarding of the qualification is based on continuous assessment of coursework, practical assessment of clinical skills and completion of a competency-based practice portfolio.

  • Entry Requirements

    Entrance requirements

    A primary degree in Pharmacy (minimum Bachelor degree) from an institution approved by the University.

    Additionally all students must have:

    - 2-year's post-registration experience

    - the support of their sponsoring organisation

    - identified a designated medical practitioner prior to commencing the programme

    - be registered with Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI), General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) or equivalent acceptable to the University.

    Note: this programme is only open to students who are resident in Northern Ireland or Great Britain.

    For students resident in Northern Ireland, the start date for this programme is April 2019 / 2020. For students resident in Great Britain, the start date for this programme is September 2019. This is because of the timing of the on-campus residential which GB students are required to attend.

    International Students

    For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

    English Language Requirements

    For non-native English Language speakers, evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years. Note: this programme is only open to students who are resident in Northern Ireland or Great Britain.

    International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

    For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

    • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
    • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

    INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

  • Fees and Funding

    Tuition Fees

    Northern Ireland (NI) £250
    England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £250
    Other (non-UK) EU £250
    International £250

    Certificate (PC) Prescribing for Pharmacists 

    All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2019-20 and relate to one year of study only. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

    More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

    Additional course costs

    All Students

    Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs. If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

    Prescribing for Pharmacists costs

    There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.

    How do I fund my study?

    From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.

    A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

    More information on funding options and financial assistance.

    International Scholarships

    Information on scholarships for international students, is available at

  • Apply

    How to Apply

    Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

    Apply now

    Terms and Conditions

    The terms and conditions that apply when you accept an offer of a place at the University on a taught programme of study.
    Queen's University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2019 Entry.

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