Pharmacy postgraduate courses

The School of Pharmacy are proud to provide a wide range of postgraduate taught courses.

We are currently reviewing this course - if you would like further information please contact the Programme Manager, Alison Gifford at

Opportunity to develop your research skills in the context of professional practice.

Opportunity for pharmacists working in all sectors of practice to enhance knowledge, skills and confidence to be able to extend your role as part of a multidisciplinary healthcare team.

Opportunity for pharmacists to achieve the highest academic qualification in a progressive way related to your professional and career development.

The Independent Prescribing preparatory programme is a six month course designed to meet the learning outcomes required by the GPhC for registration as a prescribing pharmacist. It may be taken as a 'stand alone' course, leading to a Certificate in Prescribing Studies or as part of our Clinical Pharmacy Practice Programme Diploma programme.

The Professional MSc is course is open to pharmacists working in all areas of practice who have already gained a postgraduate diploma.

Postgraduate study: what do our students say?

Comments from our postgraduate students on their experiences studying at a distance at Keele School of Pharmacy

Course Overview

In 2006 legislation was passed that permitted appropriately qualified pharmacists to assume the role of Independent Prescriber. This was an extension of prescribing rights from the initial supplementary prescribing role that many pharmacists had been fulfilling since 2004.

Pharmacists who wish to take on the prescribing role must complete an education programme that fulfils the requirements stipulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).