Psychiatric Pharmacy PgDip

Build upon your existing knowledge and study a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychiatric Pharmacy at Aston University. Accredited by the College of Mental Health Pharmacy (CMHP) this qualification is often a requirement for specialist clinical mental health positions in the NHS.


Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type
Part-time, Online / distance learning

Course format

No placements


1 year

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Explore Psychiatric Pharmacy at Aston University

Why study a postgraduate degree at Aston University?

A postgraduate degree is a great way to improve your career prospects. As well as opening doors, it builds on your experience, develops your skills, and gives you a competitive edge in a crowded job market.

Key information an fees

Mode of delivery: Distance learning - all course materials are delivered electronically.

Duration: 12 months

Start date: September 18th 2024

Application deadline: July 31st

Fees 2024/25: £3,900

Professional accreditation

The programme is accredited by the College of Mental Health Pharmacists (CMHP).

Speak to our Admissions Team

If you have any questions about the application process please get in touch with our postgraduate admissions team:


Call: 0121 204 3200 (Please note this line is open Monday-Friday between 10am-4pm)

Please click here for guidance on completing the postgraduate application. 

What you will study

Practice-based clinical modules

  • Introduction to Clinical Practice
  • Clinical Interventions
  • Formulary Development, Clinical Audit and Communication

Compulsory knowledge based components

  • Psychological Therapies/Substance Misuse
  • Pharmaco-Economics/Information Technology & Evidence Based Medicine
  • Integrated Studies and Specialist Areas

In addition to the knowledge gained on this course, you will develop the following skills:

  • Independent study
  • Good time management
  • Effective written communication
  • Effective oral communication
  • Effective information retrieval, organisation and presentation

Learning, teaching, assessment and staff

All course materials will be delivered electronically. You will encounter a range of learning methods, including:

  • Study of authored text material, directed reading and self-assessed exercises                     
  • Formative exercises and assignments                   
  • Additional reading    
  • Participation in a multi-disciplinary forum (MDT)  

Assessment is through assignments, clinical pro formas and oral case presentations.

Course Director: Dr Hannah Macfarlane

Teaching staff: Prof Ian Maidment, Adaora Ndu, Emma Bryant.

Career prospects

This qualification is often a requirement for specialist clinical mental health posts in the NHS. 

“Specialist status” as deemed by Membership of the College of Mental Health Pharmacy is also increasingly expected for higher level clinical posts in the NHS. This diploma forms part of the pathway for this accreditation.

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