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Postgraduate taught

We are proud to offer professional postgraduate programmes for qualified pharmacists alongside additional programmes for other healthcare practitioners and biomedical scientists.

Students doing a practical experiment in the Pharmacy lab.

Our School has been awarded an 'excellent' for the quality of our teaching and learning and many of our dedicated staff are conducting internationally recognised, world-leading research so, when you join us, you’ll benefit from their expertise and on-going support.

You’ll also have access to our first-class facilities including six recently rebuilt consultation rooms for pharmacy practice-related activities. We strive to help further the careers of our postgraduate students and to ultimately improve patients’ lives.

Postgraduate study for healthcare practitioners and biomedical scientists

Alongside our programmes for qualified pharmacists, the School offers highly specialist postgraduate courses for healthcare practitioners and biomedical students. These programmes provide advanced knowledge, understanding and skills training to enable graduates to establish careers within healthcare or research and development sectors.

Cancer Biology and Therapeutics (MSc)

This MSc course is designed to provide you with advanced knowledge, understanding and skills in the rapidly advancing field of Cancer Biology and Therapeutics. We will provide you with a breadth and depth of cancer-focused training that will enhance your prospects to start or continue a career within the healthcare sector and public/private sector research establishments.

Watch this short film to discover what it's like to study Cancer Biology and Therapeutics at Cardiff University and what kind of experience you're likely to have when you join us:

Watch our Programme Director, Steve and student, Isabel share their experience of the MSc Cancer Biology and Therapeutics programme.

Whether you’re looking to better prepare yourself for doctoral research or to achieve a self-contained advanced qualification in its own right, this postgraduate programme will give you a balanced combination of theory and practice to suit your needs and support your career.

Find out more about our MSc in Cancer Biology and Therapeutics and how to apply

“This truly integrated course delves deeper into the science behind cancer and has also given me the opportunity to see the disease and its treatment from the clinical side as well. Whether you’re a Pharmacist or Biomedic or Medic, you’ll find something in this course that you’ll enjoy and can relate to. And, like me, you’ll be in better stead for your future too.”

Lauren, MSc Cancer Biology and Therapeutics Student

Clinical Research (MSc)

Clinical trials nurses working with patients on a medical ward
Our MSc in Clinical Research is designed to enhance the career of those working in clinical trials.

If you work in clinical trials, this programme will provide you with an enhanced level of knowledge, understanding and skills in clinical research. Being a distance learning programme, this course has been designed to enable you to complete the programme whilst in employment and alongside your existing commitments.

This course will increase your knowledge and skills not only in clinical research but also in a diverse range of therapeutic areas. This allows you to move confidently between therapeutic areas and increase your potential value to employers. In the dissertation year, you will be encouraged to carry out a project which has direct value to your employer.

Find out more about our MSc in Clinical Research and how to apply

Postgraduate study for qualified pharmacists

We offer professional postgraduate programmes that have been developed in line with the significant changes in the landscape of the pharmacy profession which requires a workforce capable of deploying a range of clinical skills and services for improved patient benefit and optimised therapeutic outcomes.

Our highly valued programmes will prepare you as a pharmacist for more advanced prescribing and clinical management roles to benefit healthcare wherever you choose to practise.

Independent prescribing

Pharmacist Independent Prescribing

This course is designed to prepare pharmacists to practise as independent prescribers and to meet the relevant standards set by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). Interested? Find out more and how to apply

Clinical Pharmacy

We offer clinical pharmacy postgraduate courses as a key qualification for pharmacists to advance their careers in all sectors. These are supported by Associate Course Directors and experienced work-based tutors at accredited organisations.

Find out more and how to apply

The course has been a very stimulating and challenging experience and I have thoroughly enjoyed rotating through the different modules and experiencing different specialties. It has provided me with an excellent grounding as a hospital pharmacist.

Clinical Pharmacy (PgDip) student

HEIW Post-Registration Foundation Pharmacist Training Programme (For newly registered pharmacists in Wales)

Pharmacist holding consultation with patient

In partnership with Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW),  we are delivering the Post-Registration Pharmacist Foundation Training Programme for newly registered pharmacists in Wales from September 2022.

This programme will support newly registered pharmacists to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours to confidently practice in any sector, at a generalist Post-Registration Foundation Level. It will provide an opportunity to build confidence and competence in practice beyond what is required for registration as a pharmacist, with the support from experienced practitioners.

Find out more about the Post-Registration Foundation Pharmacist Training Programme on Health Education and Improvement Wales' website

Applying for a loan

If you're a prospective student from the UK, you may be able to apply for a UK Government postgraduate loan to support your studies with us.