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Advanced Pharmacy Practice

MSc / PGDip


2024 - 2025


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Entry requirements

You must be:

  • currently registered with the GPhC
  • working as a pharmacist in the UK (any sector)
  • an experienced pharmacist (at least two years post-registration)

Employer support is usually required - the course includes work-based assessments.

English language requirements

An IELTS score of 7.0 is required in each of the four subsets, in order to align our English language requirements with those of the regulatory body for practising pharmacists, the GPhC.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, and you have a UKVI approved IELTS, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details. For further information on English Language requirements please see the dedicated international entry requirements page.

Learning and assessment

The programme uses a blended and flexible approach to learning, which allows students to choose the most appropriate route for them.  The learning and teaching strategy includes attendance at study days, eLearning, role play, webinars and work-based learning. Students will also produce an eportfolio each year to demonstrate their progression along the Advanced Pharmacy Framework (APF); the professional benchmark at this level. 

There is optionality for students throughout the programme, both in their choice of modules and in their choice of assignments. This allows a personalised learning experience to suit each student’s development needs. Most optional modules will include inter-professional learning with other healthcare professionals, giving students the opportunity to learn with, and about others.

The programme is designed to provide students with continuous formative and summative assessment and feedback to enable them to develop and demonstrate their knowledge of the topics as well as their work-based skills. 

Students will demonstrate:

  • The confidence and ability to communicate effectively with patients and healthcare professionals, including communicating complex, contentious or sensitive information
  • The ability to take a leadership role as a member of the healthcare team to provide safe, high-quality person-centred care
  • The ability to work autonomously to solve complex problems and use sound reasoning and judgement in decision making 
  • The behaviour befitting a role model and the ability to effectively lead and mentor others
  • The ability to map progress to the relevant competency framework and plan personal development activities accordingly

Students will work on their (synoptic) eportfolio throughout the programme. This includes evidence of their practice to demonstrate their progress on the Advanced Pharmacy Framework. Students will identify their own development needs (with the support of their personal academic tutor and/or practice tutor) to ensure they cover the entire framework. A pass in the Advanced Synoptic 1 module is a requirement for the award of Postgraduate Certificate. A pass in Advanced Synoptic 1 and Advanced Synoptic 2 is a requirement for the award of Postgraduate Diploma and MSc.

In order to develop the communication skills that pharmacist leaders in practice need, there are a variety of summative assessments, including written assignments, objective structured clinical exams (OSCEs), presentations and work-based assessments.

Study support

The School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences employs experienced pharmacists working in all sectors of practice and has close links with secondary care, primary care and community practice to guide you in career choices.

You will have an academic tutor assigned to support you throughout the programme. You will map yourself against the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Advanced Pharmacy Framework, which will prepare you for application to the RPS Faculty.


Over 80% of outputs in Allied Health ProfessionsDentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy, Chemistry and Engineering are rated as Internationally Excellent or World Leading (REF 2021).

Staff teaching on the programme are active members of the School’s Medicines Optimisation Research Group.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.