Postgraduate Taught

Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Healthcare Professionals

This Independent and Supplementary Prescribing single module will develop the skills that NMC or HCPC registered healthcare professionals require to become a prescriber in their chosen area of practice and gain a recordable entry on their professional register. It offers an on-campus or online study option and has several start dates throughout the year.

Who is this module for?

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.

More about Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Healthcare Professionals and what you will achieve

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.

You will learn about the practicalities of prescribing as well as exploring the wider issues related to prescribing practice.  You will develop your knowledge gained in the classroom into your clinical area and apply to your planned area of prescribing practice. We consider pharmacology and how this impacts the prescribing decision making in practice. There are opportunities to learn from prescribers and experts as well as working with peers to explore complex issues. 

Exit awards

On completion, you will gain 40 credits at SCQF Level 10 or 11and can register on your professional register as a prescriber.


This is a single module. It can be undertaken either as a stand-alone module or as one of several modules within the MSc Person-Centred Practice Framework.

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.

Campus-based option: 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

Online option: Students will have access to teaching and learning materials online. Drop-in sessions with programme leaders are held weekly, but there are no mandatory timetabled classes. A variety of online directed study materials are provided. Students can study flexibly combined with work-based learning. No attendance on campus is required.

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 on-line learning materials, books and journals.

Exams are held online within our virtual learning environment.  QMU HUB uses modern web standards and as such is not supported by older browsers such as Internet Explorer 6 or 7. We recommend that you use Chrome.


Teaching hours and attendance

Both approaches to this module run for 26 weeks, and both include 90 hours spent learning in practice in your own workplace.

Campus-based option: 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 module.

Online option: All teaching is delivered online with flexibility around your working schedule. There are various opportunities to engage with the QMU team virtually as well as your peers on the course. 


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

Entry requirements

You must:

  • be a registered healthcare professional
  • have a minimum (permanent position) of one years post-registration experience in the area of specialty in which you will be a prescriber.
  • provide a copy of NHS application form.
  • 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 module 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.

More information and contacts

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

Application deadline

  • May 2023 start: 1 February 2023
  • September 2023 start: 1 June 2023
  • January 2024 start: 1 October 2023
  • May 2024 start: 1 February 2024

Application process

This is a joint application process and applicants need to apply to their health board or their employer if applying to an independent clinic BEFORE they apply to QMU.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2023/24 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

Teaching staff is subject to change.