PDIP Pharmacy Practice

Part Time
Postgraduate Diploma

Key facts

(2014 Research Excellence Framework)

Our Postgraduate Diploma in Pharmacy Practice is designed to both enhance your career prospects and improve the standard of pharmaceutical practice in the community. The course gives you the qualifications you need to apply for band 7 posts and we teach you better clinical skills, improved drug knowledge and smarter, patient-focused care.
The degree is a part-time course so you can study while you are still in work. You will graduate with a broader set of clinical and professional skills that are directly applicable to your workplace practice.

You will develop your clinical skills and drug knowledge in a wide range of therapeutic areas, together with training in maximising patient safety, introducing change within the workplace, conducting simple research and teaching peers. All this learning is placed in the context of the national agenda for pharmacy and the wider NHS, so the training is as relevant and up-to-date as possible.


This postgraduate programme is part of the Joint Programmes Board (JPB) initiative which includes seven Schools of Pharmacy within the south and south east of England working in partnership.

The course is designed to enable pharmacists from community, primary care and hospital within the Eastern region to deliver patient-focussed services utilising good clinical and consultation skills. Undertaken to Diploma level it will enable hospital and primary care pharmacists to be able to apply for band 7 posts and community pharmacists to provide a range of enhanced services, and develop the clinical and organisational skills required to participate fully and competitively in the changing NHS.

The course is designed to develop pharmacist skills and knowledge which are appropriate for their workplace. Course topics include basic clinical skills and drug knowledge in a wide range of therapeutic areas together with general practice knowledge of how to maximise patient safety, introduce change within the workplace, conduct simple research, teach peers and how to engage with the national agenda for pharmacy and the wider NHS.

This course is open to all sectors of pharmacy and where applicable joint teaching is undertaken to enrich the learning experience with common skills such as consultation skills and leadership taught to mixed community and NHS pharmacist learning sets. However we recognise that sector-specific skills are important and also provide specialist experiences tailored to each sector. This approach facilitates the sharing of best practice both within and across pharmacy sectors.


The Postgraduate Diploma runs for two years part-time.


Performance assessment using a professional capability framework designed to guide the trainee in the development of general pharmacy practice in the following areas:

  • Delivery of patient care
  • Building working relationships
  • Management
  • Leadership
  • Education, training and development
  • Research and evaluation

This will be supported by a practice portfolio, coursework designed to reflect workplace practice (such as clinical audit, critical appraisal of literature, service development and research), a range of presentations including oral, poster and written, objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) and a multiple choice examination. Attainment to Masters level will require successful completion of a practice-based research project.


Registration for this course takes place on Induction Day.  Students will be required to bring original education documents, their passport (and visa if applicable) to the induction event.

Course Modules 2018/9

Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits


This module is designed to ensure that all pharmacy practitioners have the basic clinical skills required to advise on drug dosages, monitor efficacy and adverse events and review medication using standardised approaches and that they understand the context of their employment, are able to communicate effectively with patients and colleagues, and identify appropriate interventions to facilitate effective patient management of their medicines. Practitioners will also develop skills in monitoring service performance and reflective practice.



Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits


This module will further develop pharmacist practitioners' general level of expertise in the practice of Clinical Pharmacy and specific skill in the pharmaceutical management of a wide range of therapeutic conditions pertinent to their practice. On completion of the module, students will be able to develop a research proposal and develop a change management strategy for service development, as well as deliver simple, practice based teaching. Students must maintain continued employment status in a workplace where they are directly responsible for the care of patients for at least 0.4FTE. They must be supported in their studies by a tutor who will regularly assess them in practice, give feedback and support their development. The tutor should be a pharmacist of considerable experience and skill, with an interest and additional training in the development of others and a commitment to engaging with the university for their own continued development in the tutor role.




Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Further Reading

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Pharmacy
  • Special Entry Requirements You must be currently practising in a GPhC registered pharmacy.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date. 

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests.


There is one intake per year in November / December. Students must attend one of the induction dates with their workplace tutor. 

Fees and Funding

For tuition fees for the academic year 2018/9 please contact the admissions office on pha.pgt.admiss@uea.ac.uk.

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

You can apply online.

Application deadline

To be considered for this course, completed applications (including all supporting documents and references) must be received in advance of the induction date an applicant wishes to attend.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

    Next Steps

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