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Clinical Pharmacy (Community)

Duration: 3 years
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: MSc
Not suitable for international students
Start date: February
Faculty of Life Sciences
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This part-time, distance learning programme:

  • aligns with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Foundation Pharmacy Framework (FPF)
  • meets the needs of community pharmacy
  • equips foundation level pharmacists with the clinical, personal and managerial skills needed to progress within the modern NHS.

There is an emphasis on self-directed learning and reflection, enabling students to identify and meet their own learning needs. The programme has recently undergone major revisions and now includes optional pathways to meet a range of service needs, and the opportunity to register as an independent prescriber.

Clinical topics include:

  • Cardiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Respiratory
  • Pain
  • Dermatology
  • Neurology and Psychiatry.

Optional modules support the development of a specialist clinical area, leadership, management and quality and service improvement skills. The final year includes a quality and service improvement project. There are opportunities for inter-professional learning and cross-sector working, with well-utilised small amounts of contact time to support learning networks.

The core modules are delivered through distance learning with two additional mandatory study days at the University of Bradford. There are potentially extra study days for optional modules..

QS World University Rankings 2017

Why Bradford?

The Bradford School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences has longstanding experience of delivering postgraduate programmes. It is one of the largest Pharmacy schools in the UK with an innovative undergraduate sandwich course integrating professional training and practice alongside academic studies.

The School has a national and international reputation for its practice research.  This expertise, and close links with local hospitals, community pharmacies and primary care, makes the School ideally placed to offer postgraduate programmes in Clinical Pharmacy to practising pharmacists.

Many of the tutors involved in the programme are also involved in MPharm teaching as well as currently still practising in community, hospital or primary care (teacher-practitioners) - which means a wealth of knowledge and experience involved in the assessment and delivery of the course materials.


QS World University Rankings 2016

Entry requirements

To apply for this course you need to:

  • be working in the UK
  • be registered with the GPhC
  • have access to patients
  • have access to the internet

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.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Students will be taught core clinical topics and have the freedom to focus on particular clinical areas of interest. Students will develop the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to meet the learning outcomes of the programme through a blended approach including: an induction day, distance learning materials and activities presented via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), a collaborative learning day with members of the MSc in Clinical Pharmacy (Secondary Care), programme and work-based learning including formative assessment and reflection on learning experiences.

Postgraduate Certificate (Year 1)

  • Medicines Optimisation in Clinical Practice
  • Consultation Skills and Quality of Care
  • Synoptic Assessment 1

Postgraduate Diploma (Year 2)

  • Synoptic Assessment 2

Plus Any two option modules from the following:

  • Foundations in Primary Care Practice
  • Prescribing for Pharmacists
  • Clinical Competence in Advanced Practice
  • Quality and Service Improvement

Including a maximum of one from the following:

  • Coaching and Mentoring in Organisations
  • Leadership and Management: Theory and Practice
  • Commissioning and Negotiation
  • Managing Change
  • Human Resources Management

Master (Year 3)

  • Any option module from the above list (must be 'Quality and Service Improvement' if not completed previously)
  • Quality and Service Improvement Project

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

The majority of modules are assessed by 100% coursework based on your practice. (The only exception to this is the ‘Prescribing for Pharmacists’ module)

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects

Students who have completed the course report increased confidence to take on new roles in community pharmacy and greater job satisfaction.

Study Support

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


We have a vibrant Medicines Optimisation Research group to support Masters projects.


The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) including Blackboard 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. 

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

Home/EU 2016/17:

  • First 60 credits: £2,760
  • Second 60 credits: £2,760
  • Final 60 credits (dissertation): £2,250

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

You may be eligible to apply for the government's new Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to put towards your fees and living costs. Find out more on our Fees and Financial Support website.

How do I find out more?

Contact the Faculty

Please contact the programme leader or administrator for further information.

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.

If you are unable to apply online, please email to request a paper application form.

We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:

  • Degree certificates/transcripts
  • Research proposal (if required)
  • Two references (including one academic reference)
  • Evidence of English language level (if required)
  • A copy of your passport

Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.

You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.

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.