Psychiatric Pharmacy PgDip

Course overview

  • Course level
    Postgraduate
  • Course type
    Part-time, Online / distance learning
  • Duration
    1 Year
  • Course options
    No placement
  • School

Entry requirements

  • Postgraduate qualifications
    Students must usually have successfully completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Psychiatric Therapeutics from Aston University with an average mark of no less than 55% and no referred modules. Other clinical pharmacy qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Employment
    Must have suitable access to a multidisciplinary team and patients with psychiatric illnesses, see below for full details.
More information
Apply June 2020

Key Dates

  • Application deadline
    1 May 2020
  • Start date
    June

Accredited by the College of Mental Health Pharmacy (CMHP)

Written, taught and assessed by specialist mental health pharmacists

Work based practical programme of study which builds on and allows application of knowledge gleaned during the Certificate in Psychiatric Therapeutics

Research in Allied Health Professions and Studies ranked 5th out of 97 UK higher education institutions (REF, 2014)

Course Summary

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

Key information, entry requirements and fees

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

Duration: 12 months

Start date: June

Fees: £3,300

Entry requirements: 

  • We welcome applications from candidates interested in our course who have the skills and capability to excel. All candidates are considered on an individual basis based on their qualifications, experience, references and motivation.
  • Pharmacists who wish to proceed to this course must usually have successfully completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Psychiatric Therapeutics from Aston University with an average mark of no less than 55% and no referred modules.

  • Other clinical pharmacy qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • Additionally, students will only be admitted if they have suitable access to a multidisciplinary team and patients with psychiatric illnesses. For example, they are employed in a unit that treats people with mental health problems in a clinical setting that is deemed appropriate by the Programme Director.

  • Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. English language test requirements may be waived where students’ undergraduate degree was studied in an English speaking country. Find out more about our English language requirements. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your future webpage.
  • The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.
Professional accreditation

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

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
  • Evidence Based Medicine and Information Technology
  • Pharmacoeconomics.

Plus a choice of two from the following four:

  • Research Methods
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Epilepsy.

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 by assignments, clinical proformas, oral case presentations and a final examination.

Course Director: Dr Ian Maidment

Teaching staff: Hannah Macfarlane

Your future 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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