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Advanced Practice (Non-Medical Prescribing) (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)

n/a (full-time) / 4 years (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)


Course Aims

To offer knowledge and expertise for nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists, radiographers and podiatrists to develop prescribing practice within a clinical setting.

The Advanced Practice programme offers both generic and specialist pathways, providing students with the opportunity to explore their specialist areas of practice and obtain a relevant named degree within the Advanced Practice programme.

The information provided below relates to the specialist Non-Medical Prescribing pathway.It can either be undertaken as a stand-alone Postgraduate Certificate, or as part of the MSc Advanced Practice Non-Medical Prescribing.

Special Features

Course Description

The programme is designed to prepare nurses and midwives to practise as Independent Prescribers and allied health professionals to practice as Supplementary Prescribers, meeting standards set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Health Professions Council (HCPC). The programme develops the students' critical analysis and personal reflection skills, preparing them for lifelong professional development.

Course Structure

The programme is divided into modules that are credit-rated. Each taught module offers 30 credits and students may exit after 60 credits with a PgCert or 120 credits with the award of PgDip. Alternatively, students can choose an optional dissertation module to move to Masters level.

PgCert in Non-Medical Prescribing: Students may study the two compulsory pathway modules (see below for module listings), thus completing 60 credits of the taught programme. These students will be awarded a PgCert in Non-Medical Prescribing. Additional information about applying for the PgCert programme can be found here.

PgDip in Non-Medical Prescribing: Students must complete four modules in the taught component of the PgDip programme; three of these are compulsory modules for the pathway and the remaining module is the student's choice (see below for full module listings).

MSc in Advanced Practice (Non-Medical Prescribing):
Students must complete five modules in the taught component of the MSc programme; three of these are compulsory modules for the pathway, one is the student’s choice and the last is a dissertation module (see below for full module listings).

On the Non-Medical Prescribing Pathway, students undertake the following compulsory modules:

Optional Modules

Additionally, students choose one of the following optional modules:

If a student wishes to undertake a module outside this list, this may be possible in agreement with the pathway manager and their line manager.

Dissertation Modules

Choose one module from the following:

We are aiming to offer an Independent Prescribing course for Physiotherapists and Podiatrists on gaining HCPC approval.

Entry Requirements

The course is suitable for registered nurses, midwives, pharmacists and allied health professionals who wish to be trained as independent/supplementary prescribers. Applicants should usually have a good first degree and a minimum of 2-3 years clinical experience (dependent on profession), and evidence of further study.

Students wishing to enrol on the programme will need to:

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

Application Information

Application Deadlines: we welcome and encourage early applications. We normally prefer applications at least two months before the start of term.

The start date for this programme will be 22 September 2015

To apply for this programme please complete the online application for postgraduate study and also complete the Supporting application form. This form provides information about support from your line manager and Designated Supervising Medical Practitioner and Provides information regarding eligibility to undertake the programme (in line with professional standards).

It is an NMC/HCPC and University requirement that students undertaking the programme have a DBS of less than three months old. Once all application forms have been reviewed and a conditional offer made, potential students will be sent the appropriate form to apply for a DBS screen. Applicants need to complete all necessary forms by the end of June 2015, including a supporting application which is compulsory.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Mr Anthony Pritchard  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2068 7802 



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