Professional Doctorate in Pharmacy (DPharm)

This part-time, flexible programme is a professional doctorate equivalent to a traditional PhD, which aims to develop experienced, working registered pharmacists into effective researchers through successful completion of appropriate distance e-learning material, a systematic review of an agreed research theme and a workplace based research project relevant to their area of practice.

The programme aims to develop experienced, employed registered pharmacists into effective researchers through successful completion of appropriate taught modules, including:

  • research training
  • a systematic review of an agreed research theme
  • a workplace-based research project relevant to their area of practice as agreed with their academic supervisor and the College

As confirmed at local, regional and national (DH) levels successful completion of the proposed DPharm would optimise the candidate's position to achieve Consultant Pharmacist status within the NHS and further the research base in Pharmacy Practice and Medicines Management.

Due to the flexible nature of the programme this research can be done part-time to fit around your working patterns. The programme runs over 4 years part time for students who already hold a relevant MSc qualification; 5 years part time for students who hold a relevant PG Diploma; 6 years part time for students with minimum entry qualifications (PG Certificate). 

Why study this course

The DPharm is tailored to the needs of the individual candidate and is designed to develop your research skills in your own chosen specialities. You will have expert tutors and mentors who work with you throughout the programme to support your learning and teaching.


You will choose your modules from the wide range available in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences on the basis of the your educational level on entry and your need to conduct effective research in your chosen area. You will agree a learning contract regarding the taught composition of the programme.

Fees and funding


UK/EU  Part-time - £2,130 per year

Self funding students can choose to pay in instalments by direct debit.

Learn more about fees and funding.

For information about all Home/EU and International funding opportunities please visit the Postgraduate Funding Database.

For other funding queries contact the School directly or get in touch with the Student Funding Office via the online enquiries system.

Entry requirements

Please note that this programme is only open to Home/EU applicants.

This programme is open to those with a Pharmaceutical degree normally classified at 2(i) or above or equivalent. Successful applicants will have a Postgraduate award at Certificate, Diploma or Masters level in an appropriate discipline. Employment with an appropriate body agreeing to host workplace based research is essential.

How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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As a Birmingham student, you will be joining the academic elite and will have the privilege of learning from world-leading experts, as well as your peers. From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.

This programme uses multiple methods of teaching such as - distance learning, campus based teaching days, individual tutorials and workplace-based research.

You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues.

Assessment methods

Any taught modules taken (which are individual to a given candidate) will be assessed by the particular strategy for that material and are outlined on the website. The assessment of the research components of the DPharm include expert review of a submitted written research proposal, panel review of a systematic review and viva voce examination of a final written thesis.

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