Clinical Pharmacy

Cardiff University
2-3 years
Part time
Graduate diploma / certificate
Scholarships available

About this program

Clinical Pharmacy (PgDip)

The Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacy is a 120 credit level 7 qualification, which can be studied over two or three years, that has been designed to support your development as a pharmacist in your early career or if you are planning to change healthcare sector. Having completed the Postgraduate Clinical Pharmacy Diploma, by undertaking this masters program, you will achieve a higher degree whilst you gain the knowledge, skills and professional values and behaviours a pharmacist needs to contribute effectively to the provision of healthcare.

Through completing this program, you will learn how to address the complex health related challenges faced by patients and the population as a whole. You’ll develop a comprehensive understanding and critical awareness of your role as a pharmacist and that of the pharmacy profession in a changing healthcare environment. This will include an understanding of the structure, organisation and funding of the health service, how resources are managed and how services are deemed to be clinically and cost effective.

Admission requirements

You will need to bea registered pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council of Great Britain or a country where there is a reciprocal agreement and be working in a patient-facing practice setting.

English language requirements:

IELTS with an overall score of 7.0with 7.0in all subskills, or an accepted equivalent (in line with those required by the profession body, the General Pharmaceutical Council).

For more information about admission requirements, please check the university website.

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Program content

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

Year one

Core Modules

  • Optimising Health Outcomes

Year two

In this year you will study 60 credits, from the core (compulsory) and optional modules. The choice will depend upon what modules you completed in year 1.

Choices of the optional modules available may depend upon where you work and if it is relevant, for example critical care will only be available to those based in secondary care.

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


Part-Time tuition fees

  • UK students: £ (2 years): £3,400
  • UK students: £ (3 years): £2,270
  • International students: £ (2 years): £7,820
  • International students: £ (3 years): £5,210

For more information about tuition fee, please visit the university website.


What skills will I practise and develop?

The Learning Outcomes for this program describe what you will be able to do as a result of your study at Cardiff University. They will help you to understand what is expected of you.

The Learning Outcomes for this program can be found below:

Knowledge & Understanding:

On successful completion of the program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • systematic integration and application of pharmaceutical, biomedical, clinical therapeutic knowledge and patient assessment in patient care.
  • critical understanding of the communication and consultations skills frameworks and models and their appropriate application to patient and population health care.
  • comprehensive understanding of the factors affecting health inequalities and social determinants of health.
  • a conceptual understanding of the management and leadership of health care services and systems in the UK.
  • comprehensive understanding of quality improvement and research methods used in healthcare and the ethical and organisational issues relevant to their application in practice.
  • comprehensive knowledge of information, clinical and research governance in the healthcare environment.

Intellectual Skills:

On successful completion of the program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • an ability to reflect on and evaluate learning in the clinical workplace.
  • application of critical evaluation and appraisal skills when making decisions, both within and beyond the scope of guidelines.
  • the critical thinking, problem solving, reasoning skills needed for the effective management of medicines related problems in practice and to operate in and across a range of healthcare settings.
  • development, planning, completing and communication of the results of an original quality improvement project.

Professional Practical Skills:

On successful completion of the program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • safe and effective professional practice.
  • systematic understanding and application of communication and consultation skills required to contribute to the effective management of medicines related problems in practice.
  • the appropriate professional behaviour and judgement in a wide range of clinical and non-clinical contexts.
  • the ability to work as an independent, reflective practitioner, who takes personal responsibility for their actions.

Transferable/Key Skills:

On successful completion of the program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • effective participation in multidisciplinary and inter-professional teams.
  • effective communication of balanced and appropriate information to different audiences by oral and written means.
  • a comprehensive understanding of a range of leadership principles, approaches and techniques and the ability to apply them in practice.
  • digital capabilities relevant to the professional role.
  • the ability to manage the personal challenges of coping with uncertainty.

Career paths

Upon successful completion of this program, you will have an advanced standing both clinically and academically, taking you to the forefront of the profession, and enhancing your personal and professional development.

If you are eligible to undertake the Independent Prescribing module within the program, you’ll be able to be annotated to the GPhC register on successful completion of the module.

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Cardiff University

Cardiff University is among the top 25 universities in the UK and is ranked 154th in the world. Founded in 1883, Cardiff University combines a prestigious heritage with impressive modern facilities, on one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK....

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Cardiff University

CF10 3AT Cardiff

Phone no: +442920874432

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