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Clinical Pharmacy (2 years) (PgDip)

  • Duration: 2 years
  • Mode: Part time blended learning

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Start date

Open day

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Why study this course

A key qualification for hospital pharmacy clinical career advancement, the programme enjoys funding from the NHS and is supported by Associate Course Directors across Wales and experienced work-based tutors at accredited hospital sites.


Developed by experienced practitioners

A key qualification developed by experienced practitioners across 22 hospitals in four centres around Wales and England.


Combine an academic course with your professional role

Combines an academic course with your everyday role to develop the skills and knowledge to optimise patient care, and aid career advancement.


Learn at your own pace

Flexibility enables you to complete the course at your own pace, between three and eight years.


Convenient location

Course conducted mainly in your base hospital.


Sharing and learning from best practice

Provides the opportunity to compare practices across regions and learn from each other.


Progress to an MSc

Once you have completed this qualification you will have the option to complete the full MSc in Clinical Pharmacy.

Where you'll study

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

We are a leader in clinical skills development with an international reputation for teaching and research.

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Admissions criteria

Find out more about English language requirements.

Applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements

Course structure

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2021/22 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2021.

Year one

In this year you will study 60 credits. You will study (20 Core credits) and then an additional 40 credits from the remaining core (compulsory) and optional modules.

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.

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.

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Learning and assessment

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2021/22)

Fees for entry 2021/22 are not yet available.

Students from outside the EU (2021/22)

We are currently awaiting confirmation on tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year.

Additional costs

Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?

It is expected that you will have access to a computer and that you can use Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint or equivalent and be able to access the Cardiff University intranet.

Good internet connection is required, as you may be required to attend live webinars or live streaming of study days for certain modules.

Career prospects

Upon successful completion of this programme, 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 programme, you’ll be able to be annotated to the GPhC register on successful completion of the module.


Postgraduate Master’s Finance

If you’re starting your master’s degree in September 2020 or later, you may be able to apply for postgraduate student finance to support your study at Cardiff University.

Next steps


Open Day visits

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