PDIP Pharmacy Practice (Part Time)

Part Time
Postgraduate Diploma

Key facts

(Research Excellence Framework 2014 Times Higher Analysis)

Kick-start your pharmacy career, or take an already successful career to the next level, with this professional-skills based course. The course is designed to help you meet the challenges of modern practice, and fulfill your professional potential. You’ll discover how to work with growing patient complexity and higher patient turnover, as well as how to excel in increasingly pressured professional environments.

The course is aimed at all patient-facing pharmacists. Whatever your sector, you will develop the clinical and organisational skills required to participate fully and competitively in the changing NHS.

You’ll learn from senior pharmacists who continue to maintain patient-facing responsibility themselves, as well as senior academic pharmacists. Collectively, our PG Dip team have contributed to and shaped the design and undertaking of post-registration pharmacist training, both nationally and internationally. So you’ll be learning at the forefront of the field.


As a team of working professionals ourselves, we understand the pressures faced by other pharmacists – especially those new to the field. Patient numbers are increasing and their needs are becoming ever-more complex.  High patient turnover means you need to work efficiently, accurately and with high impact. 

With all this in mind, we have designed a Postgraduate Diploma programme through which we aim to create able and confident practitioners. We’ll help you cultivate the ability to integrate and contribute to the health care team as a whole, show leadership within the pharmacy profession, and have a clear and positive impact on every patient’s health.

You’ll cover topics including basic clinical skills and drug knowledge across a wide range of therapeutic areas. You’ll also hone your general practice knowledge, ensuring that you have the ability to maximise patient safety, conduct simple research, teach your peers, introduce change within the workplace, and to engage with both the national agenda for pharmacy and the wider NHS.

The course is open to all professional pharmacists. Whatever your sector, you will all be taught together in a single learning cohort. The aim of our approach is to improve the general NHS literacy of all practitioners and raise awareness of specialist sector skills and services, as insight that extends beyond your own role has real benefits for patients.

Our Pharmacy Practice department is grant holding, research generating, and renowned for both its research output and the quality of its teaching. And our postgraduate team works very closely with pharmacist employers throughout the region to ensure that the course remains responsive and fit for purpose. 

Course Structure

Our course consists of two, year-long modules that are studied alongside work.

In the first module, you will build on your knowledge of clinical therapeutics, applying it in increasingly complex contexts while our expert facilitators guide you. You’ll also be taught about the fundamentals of service design, delivery and monitoring, to ensure you are both operationally and clinically skilled.

Your second year will see you transition from a general to an advanced-level practitioner. You’ll be encouraged to build a clinical portfolio relative to your sector, demonstrating a transition from basic pharmaceutical care to complex patient management. You’ll take part in a series of clinical study days, lead by experts in the field, to support you as you do this. You’ll also learn the principles of managing change, teaching your peers, and how to design, undertake and write up research.

Teaching and Learning


On this course you will develop your skills against the Advanced Pharmacist Framework (APF), and our teaching is mapped to facilitate this. The taught elements of the course consist of nine dedicated study days, which are held throughout the East of England. Directed by an expert facilitator, you’ll to try out new ideas and apply your knowledge to increasingly complex scenarios. You’re also encouraged you to participate in peer-to-peer teaching and learning, taking personal charge of parts of the study day under the guidance of our educators.

Independent study

All your study days will be preceded by self-directed learning to make sure you are comfortable with the basic concepts before we add more complexity on the day in the form of case studies and other challenges.


You’ll be assessed through your portfolio of practice, which will include clinical simulations and regular workplace assessments, as well as a selection of essays and projects. Your portfolio will need to demonstrate that you have a full understanding of the modern NHS and contemporary pharmaceutical care – and what is required of a pharmacist in order to succeed in both.

After the course

If you’re based in a hospital or primary care and complete our course successfully, you’ll be eligible for band seven posts or higher. If you’re a community pharmacist you will graduate with the skills to provide your patients with a range of enhanced services. Whatever your sector, you will have developed the clinical and organisational skills required to participate fully and competitively in the changing NHS.

Career destinations

Examples of careers that you could enter include;

  • Hospital pharmacist
  • Primary care pharmacist
  • Community pharmacist

Course related costs

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of course-related costs.

Course Modules 2020/1

Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits


This module is designed to ensure that pharmacy practitioners have the underpinning knowledge and skills required to advise on drug dosages, monitor efficacy and adverse events, and review medication using standardised approaches. The module also develops practitioners' understanding of the context of their employment, effective communication with patients and colleagues, and the ability to identify appropriate interventions to facilitate effective patient management of their medicines. Practitioners will develop skills in monitoring service performance and reflective practice. 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.



Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits


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 5.5 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 58 (minimum 42 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

Tuition fees for the academic year 2020/21 are:

  • £2,700 per 60 credits.

The course consists of 60 credits in each year of the two year programme.

How to Apply

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

To apply please use our online application form.

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. The application deadlines are therefore as follows:

Applicant wishing to attend the Thursday 21 November (UEA) 2019 induction date - application deadline 7 November 2019

Applicant wishing to attend the Tuesday 26 November 2019 (UEA) - application deadline 12 November 2019

Applicant wishing to attend the Tuesday 17 December 2019 (Harlow Day Barn) induction date - application deadline 3 December 2019

Further Information

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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