Postgraduate Taught

Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Healthcare Professionals

This module is for healthcare professionals. It will develop the skills you need to become a prescriber in your chosen area of practice, and gain a recordable entry on your professional register.

Taught by an expert, supportive and multi-professional team including practicing prescribers, this module is designed for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals, who are required to prescribe a wide range of medicines from the British National Formulary (BNF), including controlled drugs, ‘off-label’ and unlicensed medication.

Course overview

The requirements and outcomes of the module are derived from prescribing standards set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The module is underpinned by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society competency framework for prescribers.

The module can be undertaken either as a stand-alone module or as one of several modules within the MSc Person-Centred Practice Framework. You can choose to study at either SCQF Level 10 or 11, and the module carries 40 credits.

Exit awards

On completion, you can register on your professional register as a prescriber.


This is a single module.


Blended campus based 

A blended approach to learning is taken and students will have access to teaching and learning materials on campus and online. A variety of methods of teaching are used, including face to face lectures on QMU campus, self-directed study, directed study, online study and work-based learning. Classes are on Tuesdays. This module is open to NMC and HCPC registrants. 


Students will have access to teaching and learning materials online.  Drop-in sessions with module leaders are held weekly but there are no mandatory timetabled classes. A variety of online directed study materials will be provided. Students can study flexibly combined with work-based learning. No attendance on campus is required. This module is open to NMC and HCPC registrants and is entirely online.   

Assessment dates are fixed in advance of programme commencement and are mandatory.  

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Teaching, learning and assessment

You will participate in a range of teaching and learning experiences both at university and in your workplace. You will be taught by specialist teachers from practice.

In keeping with the Person-centred Practice Framework philosophy, you are encouraged to participate actively and take responsibility for your own learning. Throughout the module your learning will be supported by our Virtual Learning Environment and our Learning Resource Centre where you can access a wide range of online learning materials, books and journals.

Teaching hours and attendance

The module runs for 26 weeks, including 90 hours spent learning in practice in your own workplace. Teaching days fall mainly in the first third of the module with live teaching sessions on a Tuesday, but you will engage with QMU throughout the duration of the programme.


You will already be working as a healthcare professional and this module will serve as part of your CPD and enable you to prescribe medication to patients.

Entry requirements

You must:

  • be a registered healthcare professional
    have a minimum of one years post-registration experience in the area of specialty in which you will be a prescriber.
    have evidence of degree level study. This may be evidenced through recognition of prior learning (RPL).
  • be proficient in appropriate clinical/health assessment, diagnostics/care management and the planning and evaluation of care in relation to your role.
  • have agreed the suitability of a prescribing qualification within your area of practice and have the support from your line manager and regional Prescribing Lead. Prior to applying, please contact your Prescribing Lead as support for your application will be required.
  • agree with your line manager that you will be supported with this programme with class attendance, practice learning time and your role.
  • have identified a Designated Prescribing Practitioner, who will help you to develop safe and effective prescribing practice. For NMC registrants, you must also have identified a named Practice Supervisor. Further information is available from your organisational Prescribing Lead or the QMU Programme Lead.
  • have professional indemnity in place and come from an area with a practice placement audit in place or be willing to complete one prior to gaining a place.
  • For practitioners working as self-employed/within the independent sector, please contact the Programme Leader prior to application.

Application deadline and process

This is a joint application process and applicants need to apply to their health board BEFORE they apply to QMU. For further information or advice, please contact Dr Alison Wood, Programme Lead at: or Dr Alison Coull at:

Closing date for applications: End of June (for September intake)/ End of Oct (for January intake)/ End of Feb (for May intake)

More information and contacts

For further information or advice on application, please contact Dr Alison Wood, Programme Lead ( or Dr Alison Coull, Associate Programme Lead ( or Admissions (

Fees and transitionary scholarships for postgraduate EU students in 21/22 and 22/23

As part of our management of the Brexit transition, for many of our courses, including this one, we have introduced an EU transitional scholarship for EU full-time postgraduate students commencing their studies on campus in academic years 2021/22 and 2022/23. This provides a 40% discount on international tuition fees. The scholarship is available to EU students for whom the international fee rate applies and covers the courses marked with a # in the Postgraduate Fees – Full-Time Study section of our Fees page. This transitional scholarship is not applicable to students from the Republic of Ireland, who will continue to be eligible for the home fee rate.



Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2022/23 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

Course Overview

See 'Delivery' tab
26 weeks
Start Date
January 2022
May 2022
September 2022
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Fees & Funding