This programme is accredited by both the General Pharmaceutical Council and Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland to train pharmacists in Great Britain as Independent Prescribers.
Students undertake online and work-based training and assessment in addition to a 5-day clinical skills residential in our Clinical Skills Centre.
This programme starts in September annually.
If you are employed as a pharmacist in Northern Ireland and wish to train as an Independent Prescriber, please visit our PG Cert in Independent Prescribing.
Prescribing for Pharmacists highlights
Students undertake a 5-day clinical skills residential in our on-campus clinical skills teaching laboratories.
- This programme is accredited by both the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland and the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).
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- The School of Pharmacy at Queen's is consistently ranked as one of the leading centres for pharmacy education and research in the UK.
Course details The programme is delivered via a combination of e-learning and work-based learning and includes 12 days in-practice training with a Designated Prescribing 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.
E-learning modules are updated annually by subject experts and are delivered via the Queen's virtual learning environment.
In-practice training is documented in an e-portfolio, which, on successful completion, provides documentary evidence of meeting all of the competencies within the 'RPS Competency Framework for all Prescribers'.
Students attend a compulsory 5-day residential at Queen's, which includes workshops, clinical skills training and assessment. The residential will be held in the second semester (dates to be confirmed).
People teaching you
School of Pharmacy
On successful completion, students can apply to the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) for an annotation to their entry in the GPhC’s Register and/or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI) for an annotation to their entry in the PSNI’s Register.
The annotation is a public record that they can practise as an independent prescriber.
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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, webinars, work-based learning and clinical skills workshops during the residential component.
Awarding of the qualification is based on continuous assessment of coursework, clinical skills objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) and completion of a competency-based in-practice training portfolio.
On completion, students may transfer their 60 credits to the PG Diploma/MSc in Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice. Students who do so still receive their prescribing practice certificate, which is required for GPhC and/or PSNI annotation as a pharmacist prescriber.
A primary degree in Pharmacy (minimum Bachelor degree) from an institution approved by the University.
Additionally all students must:
- be registered as a pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI).
- be in good standing with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and/or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and any other healthcare regulator with which they are registered.
- have at least two years' appropriate patient-orientated experience in a relevant UK practice setting post registration.
- have an identified area of clinical or therapeutic practice in which to develop independent prescribing practice. They must also have relevant clinical or therapeutic experience in that area*.
- have a medically qualified designated prescribing practitioner (DPP) who has agreed to supervise their learning in practice*.
* Further guidance on the type of experience and DPP requirements will be provided when applying for this programme.
Further information is available in the ‘PIP Information for pharmacists’ at the link below.
Note: this programme is only open to students who are resident in Great Britain.
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 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: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.
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
Northern Ireland (NI) £250 England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £2,190 Other (non-UK) EU N/A International N/A
Certificate (PC) Prescribing for Pharmacists
All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2020-21 and relate to one year of study only. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.
Additional course costs
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?
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 £10,609 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.
Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.
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Terms and Conditions
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Fees and Funding