King's College London

Course Introduction

Our Clinically Enhanced Pharmacist Independent Prescribing (CEPIP) post-graduate course is part-time, flexible and competency-based. This is a GPhC accredited course for qualified pharmacists wanting to prescribe autonomously for conditions within their clinical competence. As well as meeting GPhC requirements this course provides training in health assessment, diagnostic and clinical examination skills, comparable to those of an Advanced Clinical Practitioner. On completion of this course pharmacists will be able to assist in wider clinical duties that are transferable to urgent and acute settings across secondary, primary and community care.


This course aims to deliver competent pharmacist prescribers who can provide an independent and supplementary prescribing service which is safe and effective and takes into account the needs of patients, the professions and the relevant health organisations.

We will:

Meet the requirements of the GPhC indicative syllabus for pharmacist independent prescribing

Support experienced practitioners to review and reflect on their current practice, to enable them to determine what skills, knowledge and attitudes they need to develop in order to become independent prescribers

Enable practitioners to evolve an expertise in the art and science of prescribing

This integrated multi-professional course will enable healthcare professionals to take on the role of an independent and/or supplementary prescriber. Pharmacists and nurses are taught together to facilitate multidisciplinary working. The GPhC and the NMC publish an indicative syllabus and learning outcomes which informs the curriculum.

The indicative syllabus does not include teaching on specific clinical topics. Therefore if you wish to gain the clinical skills required prior to undertaking the prescribing qualification.

Career prospects

We will equip you to be a pharmacist independent prescriber and deliver services for patients in line with the demands of the changing NHS.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Part Time
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert £3,300 Home Fees
1 year
Part Time
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert £3,300 European Fees
1 year
Part Time
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert £3,300 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students should have an MPharm or equivalent. They must currently be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council or the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland. They must also be a practising pharmacist with at least two years post-registration experience in a patient-facing role in hospital, community or primary care. They must have the agreement of a medical practitioner (doctor/dentist) to act as their Designated Medical Practitioner (DMP) and mentor during twelve days in practice. They will require written endorsement from their employer and/or sponsor whose patients they are going to prescribe for to indicate they have identified an area of clinical practice where independent/supplementary prescribing is required. They will require written endorsement from their employer and/or sponsor that they have up to date clinical, pharmacological and pharmaceutical knowledge relevant to their intended prescribing area.
  • International entry requirements: To be confirmed
  • IELTS score: 6.5
  • TOEFL score: 92