Frequently Asked Questions PG Pharmacy
How early do I need to apply?
The course is filled on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and places go quickly. Please apply at least two to three months before the next start date.
What information will I need when I apply?
You will need, as a minimum:
- your degree certificate, or academic transcript (academic transcripts must show your name, not just your student number)
- a comprehensive reference from your employer
- a second reference, if your employer reference only confirms employment status and basic information.
Please note: references must be on company headed notepaper, or emailed from an organisational, not personal, email address.
I only work part-time, can I apply?
As long as you are working in a patient-facing role at least one day per week, and you meet the other course requirements, you can apply.
I don’t have a permanent contract, but undergoing a ‘return to work process’, can I apply?
You need to ensure that you will be able to continue working in that capacity for the duration of the course, as you need access to patients, pharmacy staff and prescribers, to complete the course assignments. You may need to provide evidence that the position you currently hold will remain in place for the duration of the course.
What happens once I apply?
Your application will be processed by the admissions team, who will check that you have supplied all the correct documentation and provided all the information required. They will then contact you regarding outstanding information or to make an offer. Please be aware that due to the volume of applications this process may take a couple of weeks.
I am interested in studying the Independent Prescribing (IP) course as part of my diploma. Am I guaranteed to be able to do that?
The IP course is always popular, and every year we get a high demand for places. Whilst we endeavour to provide places to all students who would like to study this option as part of their diploma, it is not always possible, and there is a separate application process for this aspect of the course.
I have a Post-graduate Certificate in Clinical Pharmacy from another University. Can I just study the second year of the Diploma course at De Montfort University?
There is a process of Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL), where the content of your existing qualification is mapped against our course outcomes to see what has been covered. You are able to ‘APL’ a maximum of 60 credits into the Diploma programme, but this is at the discretion of the course programme leader, who will make the final decision regarding transfer of credits.