PgCert Clinical Pharmacy (Primary Care and Community) 2018/19 entry

Duration Part time 1 year
  • Healthcare and Medicine
LocationExeter (St Luke‘s)
Start date March


There is an increasing realisation that registered pharmacists, with appropriate training, can contribute further to the delivery of patient-facing clinical care. Our Clinical Pharmacy (Primary Care and Community) programme is part of the Post-registration Training for Pharmacists is supported by NHS England and Health Education England through the Pharmacy Integration Fund

Choosing to study at Exeter or Bath

We recommend  that you choose the University closest to your main practice base. View course information for the University of Bath

The University of Exeter Medical School and the University of Bath are aiming to improve the standard of clinical pharmacy practice in the community, so pharmacists can  participate fully in the transformation of the NHS.

It will strengthen and diversify the pharmacy workforce and help to improve patient care. The fund has been set up by NHS England to enable pharmacist and pharmacy technician integration in primary care as part of new multi-disciplinary healthcare teams, making the most of their clinical skills, particularly for the benefit of people with long-term conditions.

Our PgCert has been designed for registered pharmacists to build on their medication-related expertise and experience with the aim of developing their knowledge and skills for current and future extended work-place roles.

Features include:

• A supportive introduction to Master's level study and evidence-based practice
• Education that builds on your medication expertise and pharmacy practice
• Practical communication and clinical skills development within specialised medical facilities
• Tailored education for individual learning needs for varying clinical pharmacy practice
• Learning activities that are designed to be relevant, practical and interactive
• Multi-morbidity and polypharmacy as themes that run throughout the programme

Our programmes will ensure that research-based evidence can be accessed and used to critically appraise current clinical practice with the aim of reviewing and delivering quality of clinical care.

Building on pharmaceutical knowledge and pharmacy-related practice, the Applied Therapeutics module will encourage learning by simulated tasks and exploration of the literature.

In line with current epidemiology trends of an increasing ageing-population and rises in the prevalence of chronic disease, developing knowledge and skills for managing long-term conditions, multi-morbidity and polypharmacy will be main themes of the programmes. Furthermore, skills that encourage reflective practice, patient-centred care and clinical assessment will also be covered and facilitated by access to the University of Exeter's Medical School's resources for clinical skills teaching.

This is a blended course (face-to-face contact days with online learning) that has been created to encourage peer-to-peer interactivity and communities of practice. Course tutors will include experienced clinicians who are active in primary care and have medical education as a special interest. In addition, the programme will draw on the expertise of other Medical School clinicians and researchers as needed for particular areas of the curriculum. Assessments will be multi-model (such as portfolios, short-answer tests and case-based reviews) and aligned to work-place learning.

Our programmes and associated University structures have been designed to support learners to tailor their learning so that they can reach their potential.

Programme structure 2018/19

Our Postgraduate Clinical Pharmacy Certificate programme is a one-year part-time programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 7.

Modules may be taken as Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Face-to-face teaching is usually delivered over two days per 15 credit module; with e-learning, further reading, project work and assessment preparation making up the remainder of the learning activities. 

Dates will be offered at St Luke's Campus, Exeter.

Unfortunately, due to low current demand we have had to remove the Cornwall dates for this course. If you are interested in being able to attend the course on our Truro Campus please contact us using the details in the Contact tab above.

Compulsory modules



Applied Therapeutics

Exeter: Sept 11th and  Sept 17th, 2018

HPDM066 Long-term Condition Care 1

Exeter: Nov 21st and Nov 22nd, 2018

HPDM063 Skills for Patient-centred care

Exeter: January 2019

HPDM079 From Theory to Practice to Quality

Exeter: March / April 2019


The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching

This course makes use of contemporary education methods necessary for acquiring knowledge, skills and attitudes for professional pharmacy practice.

Teaching methods on the Master's programme include:

• Interactive e-learning activities
• Masterclasses from highly experienced clinical teachers and researchers
• Lectures using PowerPoint and other technologies
• Work-based simulated learning tasks
• Case-based discussions
• Practical workshops for clinical skills development
• Demonstrations
• Opportunities for practice and receiving feedback

Teaching is supported by extensive online University library resources, personal tutor systems, University pastoral support structures and development of peer communities of practice.


You will already be a registered pharmacist in employment in a UK healthcare setting. This programme will enhance your ability to extend your clinical pharmacy practice within primary care. The optional modules will allow you to personalise your learning for your desired career path. Furthermore, the dissertation stage of the Masters programme will also develop your skills and contacts for research opportunities.

All University of Exeter students have access to Career Zone, which gives access to a wealth of business contacts, support and training as well as the opportunity to meet potential employers at our regular Careers Fairs.


This programme is delivered at our St Luke’s Campus, which is home to the University of Exeter Medical School.

The St Luke's campus is a short walk from the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and offers a range of research facilities and equipment. Students will be able to access resources used by our Institute of Health Research.

Entry requirements 2018/19

Applicants must usually be registered pharmacists with General Pharmaceutical Council.

Applicants must be currently working within Primary Care or Community Pharmacy settings so that they may access the relevant clinical experience in order to complete course assessments.

Please download the Applicant Information Pack and complete the form before applying.

Normally a minimum 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. Relevant clinical or professional experience may be taken into consideration as evidence of equivalency.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.


Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding 2018/19

Tuition fees per year 2018/19

For 2018/19, fees will be charged pro rata per 15-credit module for UK/EU students. Fees are subject to an annual increment each academic year.

  • UK/EU: £2,460
  • International: £6,380

Pro-rata module fees

Fees per 15-credit module:

  • UK/EU: £615
  • International: £1,595

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Health Education England funding

The courses are fully funded by NHS England and Health Education England through the Pharmacy Integration Fund.

Global Excellence Scholarship

We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2018.

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The programme is supported by NHS England and Health Education England through the Pharmacy Integration Fund.