PgCert Clinical Pharmacy

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


Our Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy is a part-time programme designed to support pharmacists to develop the knowledge, clinical skills and behaviours required to provide more patient-centred care as part of multidisciplinary healthcare teams.

This programme is part of the Post-registration Training for Pharmacists that is supported by NHS England and Health Education England through the Pharmacy Integration Fund.

Features include:

  • Fully funded tuition fees by HEE for eligible applicants, including community and Health and Justice pharmacists (see Applicant Information Pack in Entry Requirements)
  • Online learning supported by minimal face-to-face contact days for each module
  • Patient case-based activities that reflect the challenges of current clinical practice
  • Communication and clinical skills training within our Clinical Skills Resource Centre
  • Optional modules to personalise your learning
  • Supportive, enthusiastic and clinically active tutors
  • Flexible study – study modules individually or combine to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate.
  • Potential to extend your studies with us to complete a Postgraduate Diploma or Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing.
  • Increase your professional expertise and status and enhance your career prospects

Programme structure

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

Entry to the programme occurs in September or January.

• Application deadline for January 2019 entry: 25 January 2019
• Application deadline for September 2019: 9 September 2019

Each 15-credit module has two workshop days that are delivered at St Luke’s Campus, Exeter.

For the PgCert you will complete three core modules and then choose one of our optional modules.

See the Clinical Pharmacy module calendar (Word doc) 

CodeTitleCreditsContact daysCore/Optional

Applied Therapeutics

15 September C
HPDM062 Long-term Condition Care 1 15 November C
HPDM063 Skills for Patient-centred care 15 May C
HPDM079 From Theory to Practice to Quality 15 February O
HPDM064 Acute Presentations in Practice 15 February O


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 blended course makes use of contemporary education methods such as case-based learning, small group work and development of communities of practice.

Assessments will be multi-modal (such as portfolios, short-answer tests and case-based reviews) and aligned to work-place learning.

Teaching methods on the Master's programme include:

  • Interactive e-learning activities
  • Masterclasses from highly experienced clinical teachers and researchers
  • Small group simulated learning tasks
  • Patient case-based discussions
  • Practical workshops for clinical skills development
  • Opportunities for practice and receiving feedback

Teaching is supported by extensive online University library resources, personal tutor systems, University pastoral support structures and a clinical pharmacy virtual learning platform.

Clinical Pharmacist in General Practice

For pharmacists who are already on the Clinical Pharmacist in General Practice Scheme and wish to do CPPE Module 2 with us (as discussed with your education supervisor), please apply online and select Applied Therapeutics and Long-term condition Care 1 as your ‘modular’ options.

About CPD in the College of Medicine and Health

The College of Medicine and Health offers a range of Continuing Professional Development opportunities with the aim to improve health outcomes in the region and to facilitate real change in the quality of clinical care and health for individuals and the wider community.

Our continuing professional development courses are inspired by research and triggered by the complex needs and priorities of local, national and global health and care systems. You can learn and develop with us through a range of focused short courses, workshops, and education days that will meet your continuing professional development needs.

For a full list of our Continuing Professional Development opportunities, please visit our CPD pages.


You will already be a registered pharmacist in employment in a UK healthcare setting. This programme will boost your professional status and enhance your ability to extend your clinical pharmacy role.

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, Academy of Nursing and the Department of Allied Health Professions.

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

Applicants must be registered pharmacists with General Pharmaceutical Council and must be currently working within a clinical pharmacy setting. There is no requirement for minimum time since qualified however, we advise that you feel established in your current role.

You will need the support of your employer. Please download the Applicant Information Pack and complete the Employer Support form (page 4) and Supporting evidence for funding form (page 5-6) 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

Health Education England funding

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

Please note, if you receive HEE funding you will need to consent to the University of Exeter sharing some information about you with third parties, e.g. University of Bath, Health Education England, NHS England and anyone appointed by NHS England to undertake evaluation) for auditing purposes. In addition, you will need to agree to participate in the development of case studies to demonstrate the impact of your role as part of the transformation of pharmacy services (and consent for this information to be shared).

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

Tuition fees per year 2019/20

For 2019/20, 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 £10,609 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

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 2019.

Contact us

For informal enquiries, please email Dr Laura Sims

Phone: +44 (0)1392 725500
WebEnquire online

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

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