Newly Qualified Pharmacist (NQP) training pathway (CPD only or with PGDip)

UEA has been at the forefront of pharmacist postgraduate training for a decade. Our training programmes are fit for practitioners and provide a contemporary pharmaceutical care service in all patient-related settings.

The Newly Qualified Pharmacist training programme works for pharmacists who are looking for a structured, aspirational postregistration experience that combines clinical, operational and academic attributes to create a rounded practitioner ready to more towards healthcare leadership and clinical specialism.

It’s also perfect for pharmacists looking for less pressured approaches to study who may wish to factor in career breaks, or those who envisage a highly mobile early career that requires flexibility in both timing and study topics.

We also welcome more mature pharmacists who may be changing specialities or returning from a break, and would like to study a discrete module or two to bring them up to date in that discipline.

How it works

The course blends research-informed theory with the practical knowledge and support of a team of highly experienced clinical pharmacists in a range of current practice to deliver challenging, relevant teaching and outcomes that are immediately applicable to practice.

The NQP pathway has evolved from our highly successful Postgraduate Diploma in Pharmacy Practice, which has trained the East of England's pharmacists for over a decade.

It is underpinned by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) Foundation Pharmacist Framework and curricula. Students completing this course will also be eligible for credentialing assessment by the RPS at the point of completion to confer completed training status in addition to the PGDip. 

Students studying for CPD purposes may accrue credit from individual modules to use towards an award of Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma at a later date (subject to module selections).

UEA’s training is rigorous and will challenge you to think differently about all aspects of the way you practice with a focus on achieving excellent patient outcomes through pharmaceutical care. 

Our NQP course has been designed for practitioners new to or returning to the pharmacist workforce who are looking to establish a trajectory towards advanced practice from a very firm foundation.

Informed by the four pillars of Advanced Practice and mapped to the RPS Foundation Framework, you will be exposed to theoretical and practice-based learning addressing themes of Clinical Practice, Research, Education and Leadership, ensuring you are equipped to pursue a variety of exciting career opportunities.

The course entails independent online learning, self-directed study, workplace learning, and assessment and contact days lead by UEA’s specialist team of clinical educators, drawn from around the country. It will help pharmacists in all person-facing settings to develop high standards of person-centered care, and maximise your contribution to the multidisciplinary healthcare team, the training of your peers and the research that pushes the boundaries of Pharmacy Practice.

Our course mixes core and optional elements so that your operational and professional training is broad and diverse while your clinical training is tailored to your workplace and client base.

Students studying for CPD can select from the following range of 10 credit modules, each lasting around 3 months.

  • Professional portfolio
  • Foundation Clinical Skills
  • Foundation Consultation Skills
  • Care of the Older Patient
  • Care of the Surgical Patient
  • Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobials
  • Therapeutics for Mental Health
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Respiratory Disease (Asthma and COPD)
  • Patient Safety
  • Management and Leadership
  • Research (advanced practice)
  • Clinical Education (advanced practice)
  • Diabetes (advanced practice)
  • Hepatology with Public Health (advanced practice)
  • Renal therapeutics (advanced practice)

We take a ‘blended’ approach to teaching and learning in order to promote engagement and develop your critical thinking. Our approach helps you work in collaboration with others and supports lifelong learning.  We consider the establishment of professional networks to be vital to the development of reflective practitioners and our teaching methods facilitate this wherever possible.

Each module is supported by a comprehensive eLearning package that moves you through ideas, concepts and resources, ensuring that your baseline is sound. eLearning can be accessed on a range of devices at any time and so learning is flexible.

Tasks and activities are designed to create networking opportunities across organisations to share practice.

In-work learning

Depending on module selection some work based assessment may be required by senior practitioners in your workplace who will guide your clinical development through targeted feedback and encouragement. 
University contact time

Contact time with the university is a chance to use the expert facilitator to help make sense of experiences in the module and in practice so far. The facilitator will guide students through problem solving scenarios based on complex presentations, challenge their view on current healthcare positions and encourage them to be critical thinkers and agents for change.  University contact is currently online, with a future return to face-to-face/hybrid teaching in the consultation phase.

Our course will use a range of methods to assess your progress. This will allow you to achieve the necessary academic credits needed to be awarded a Masters level qualification in time.

For each module, you will have the chance to test your skills with formative (practice) assessment that help you prepare for the summative (formal) assessments. These include applied written assignments, practice-based assessment and use of professional portfolios depending on the module(s) selected.


You will receive feedback on your formative (practice) assignments from your lecturers because we are committed to ensuring that you upskill. The purpose of the feedback is to help you improve your work before your final summative (formal) assignment and we encourage you to discuss your feedback with your lecturers.

A period of sustained post graduate study is a prerequisite for many advanced hospital and primary care roles.

Students who accrue sufficient credit to be awarded the PGDip may, within 5 years, return to UEA to complete a further year of research training and be awarded the MSc Pharmacy Practice.

Students may wish to build a portfolio of work and submit to the RPS in order to be assessed for credentialing purposes to benchmark their practice nationally.

As a UEA graduate, you will continue to enhance your lifelong learning skills to ensure you develop professionally throughout your career.

  • Advanced Clinical Pharmacist
  • Primary Care/general Practice Pharmacist
  • Independent Prescribing
  • Service leads


Apply here for PGCert/PGDip

Apply here for CPD

Contact us

Please contact the course director, Dr Lindsay Morgan, if you would like more information or to apply for this course.