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DPharm Doctor of Pharmacy

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Entry requirements

See below for full details

This course is for you if you are a registered UK pharmacist working in a hospital, primary-care or community setting and are looking for a professional doctorate qualification.

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94% of our research was rated as being internationally excellent or world leading (REF 2014)
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Professional doctorate in pharmacy
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Research in Allied Health Professions and Studies ranked 5th out of 97 UK higher education institutions (REF 2014)
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Top 10 in the UK (Pharmacology & Pharmacy, 2017 Complete University Guide)

Mode of delivery: Part time. Blended learning involving lectures (usually delivered via distance learning), tutorials and practice-based learning (under consultant supervision)

Duration: From 4 years part time

Intake: Approximately 12 per year

Entry requirements:

  • We welcome applications from candidates interested in our course who have the skills and capability to excel. All candidates are considered on an individual basis based on their qualifications, experience, references and motivation.
  • You must be a Registered UK Pharmacist and support from your employer / references will be required.
  • For further information about the eligibility requirements please contact the course director.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. English language test requirements may be waived where students’ undergraduate degree was studied in an English speaking country. Find out more about our English language requirements. 
Start date: March & October


How to apply: Apply here 

Application deadline: For courses starting in March, the deadline is 31 January. For courses starting in October, the deadline is 31 August.

  • Annual fees for taught components are based on the number of credits taken per year. 
  • £550 for a 10 credit module. 
  • The Research Project Fee is £8,400 split over 3 years.
  • Professional doctorate in pharmacy
  • Suitable for registered UK Pharmacists working in hospital, primary-care or community
  • Flexible programme
  • Full approval for prior learning available for holders of relevant postgraduate diplomas or degrees
  • Taught component (maximum of one-third) can be tailored to student / employer requirements
  • Research training provided leading to supported relevant research in chosen field (two-thirds of programme)
  • Appropriate for aspiring advanced or consultant level pharmacists
  • Interim awards available (e.g. MSc)
  • Clinical modules (optional) taught in practice setting.

Optional taught modules include:

  • Clinical modules in most specialities
  • Research skills
  • Evidence based practice
  • Service improvement
  • Healthcare Organisation & Policies
The programme is delivered using a combination of lectures (usually distance learning), tutorials and practice-based learning (under consultant supervision).

Research element requires 4 pieces of publishable quality (peer-reviewed) original research.

Assessment by coursework, professional portfolio and research publications / thesis.
  • Supports life-long learning
  • Relevant CPD
  • Suitable preparation for consultant level practice

Dr David TerryDr Terry is a senior lecturer in Clinical Pharmacy, working part-time at the university and part-time at Birmingham Children's Hospital where he is Director of the Academic Practice Unit (APU). His research interests include:

  • medicines management at the interface of care, 
  • medication reconciliation, 
  • access to medicines for paediatric patients, 
  • unlicensed medicines for children.

Discover more in the following ways: 

  • Write to us: Life & Health Sciences Admissions, Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, B4 7ET 
  • Call us: +44(0)121 204 3000
  • Email us: lhspgt@aston.ac.uk
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You are also welcome to contact the course director, Dr David Terry, +44 (0) 121 333 9793, d.terry@aston.ac.uk


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