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Clinical Pharmacy (Secondary Care)

MSc / PGDip




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Studying the Postgraduate Diploma in Secondary Care has allowed me to develop my clinical knowledge and research skills to become a well-rounded hospital pharmacist. I could not have felt more supported by the clinical pharmacy team at Bradford - they were brilliant! Tugce Akdeniz, PG Diploma, Clinical Pharmacy (Secondary Care)

Entry requirements

To apply for this course you need to:

  • be working in the UK
  • be registered with the GPhC
  • have access to the internet
  • have access to patients
  • have support from your employer

Please contact the programme leader Gemma Quinn if your hospital does not routinely send students on this programme, as you will require a hospital-based practice tutor and assessors.

English language requirements

If you have not been taught in English you must have an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of at least 7.0 in each of the four subsets (speaking, listening, reading and writing).

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details »

Learning and assessment

Monthly study days, with pre-reading and preparation tasks for each one, to enable you to get the most learning out of the workshops.

In the first year, these have a focus on ensuring you are able to manage patients you are presented with on-call or on general wards.

In the second year, the topics of these days become more specialised, for example, renal, cancer care, mental health.

Teaching is delivered by practising hospital pharmacists.

  • Year One 
    11 study days (including the exam day)

  • Year Two
    10 study days (including the exam day), plus those for optional modules

Assessment is by written assignments, e-portfolio (including ward based assessments) and multiple choice and OSCE exams.

The curriculum aims to:

  • Map to postgraduate benchmarks within the pharmacy profession
  • Be evidence-based and developed using sound educational theory
  • Be case-based and patient-centred, enabling integration of knowledge into practice
  • Include work-based learning with continual formative feedback

It includes aspects of adult learning theory, including:

  • Making use of participants’ experience
  • Encouraging learners to move to increasingly advanced stages of personal development
  • Allowing as much choice as possible in the organisation of learning programmes

Study days in Foundations In Clinical Practice module include: Individualising drug therapy; coagulation and blood disorders; introduction to surgery; infectious disease; respiratory; cardiology; introduction to mental health

Study days in Applied Therapeutics module include: Surgery and intensive care; gastroenterology and the liver; renal disease; cancer care; paediatrics and neonates; diabetes; neurology; mental health; HIV and rheumatology.

Study support

You will have an academic tutor assigned to support you throughout the programme. 

The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) including Canvas and PebblePad (for e-Portfolios) will support students learning at a distance.

Use of Library facilities is available online or on campus. Students are also able to access a range of study days organised for secondary care pharmacists as CPD days. 


The School of Pharmacy has an excellent national and international reputation in practice research.

The most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) exercise rated 92% of our Pharmacy research as of international quality/world-leading.

We have a vibrant Medicines Optimisation Research group to support Master's projects.

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.