M.Sc. Medicines Management, PGCert/PGDip

University of Greenwich | London , United Kingdom
The aim of the programme is to equip health-care professionals with the skills and knowledge to contribute to medicines management services and to individual drug therapy decisions in primary and secondary care.



Medicines management describes a system of processes and behaviours that determines how medicines are used by patients and the NHS. Effective medicines management places the patient as the primary focus of interventions by health care professionals and is a key driver for NHS modernisation in the UK. The aim of the programme is to equip health care professionals with the skills and knowledge to contribute to medicines management services and to individual drug therapy decisions in primary and secondary care. The programme is delivered by flexible learning, supported by up to twelve (depending upon the pathway chosen) compulsory contact days, and is structured to enable the student to incorporate learning directly into the workplace.

The material provided for self-study is designed for use by all health professionals involved in medicines management and reflects the most recent evidence and practice.

There are two main pathways to the qualification of MSc Medicines Management. One involves PGCert Independent/Supplementary Prescribing. Students successfully completing 60 credits from the courses are eligible for PGCert Medicines Management. Alternatively, students may elect to continue with an additional 60 credits to achieve the diploma. A research project and dissertation is required to complete the MSc.

Regardless of the pathway chosen, course options allow students to achieve personal goals within the credit totals for each stage of the degree. They can thus provide a valuable means of supporting Continuing Professional Development or can be used as a training package to support service developments in primary or secondary care.

The aims of the programme are to:

  • To equip health care professionals with the skills and knowledge to contribute effectively to medicines management services and to individual drug therapy decisions in primary and secondary care
  • To incorporate learning directly into the workplace and enable the student to rise to the challenges presented by the new, patient centred NHS.

Career options

Graduates from this programme can pursue opportunities for practitioners skilled in medicines management.


1-6 years flexible learning
Up to 3 days contact
(12 days if Independent/Supplementary Prescribing pathway chosen)

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline As early as possible
Tuition fee
  • GBP 2000 Module (EEA)

EU/Home: £7,200 International: £11,350

Scholarships available - please see our website www.gre.ac.uk/scholarships

Start date
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 12 months

Course Content

  • Medicines Management in Practice (10 credits)
  • Consultation and Communications in Practice (10 credits)
  • Medicines Review in Practice (10 credits)
  • Using Evidence Effectively (10 credits)
  • Research Project (Medicines Management) (60 credits)
  • Options chosen from a range that currently includes: Asthma (5 credits); Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (5 credits); Hypertension (5 credits); Heart Failure (5 credits); Ischaemic Heart Disease (5 credits); Type 2 Diabetes (5 credits); Depression (5 credits); Bipolar Disorder (5 credits); Schizophrenia (5 credits); Substance Misuse (5 credits); Alcohol Misuse (5 credits); Upper Gastrointestinal Disease (5 credits); Minor Ailments Pain (5 credits); Minor Ailments Infections and Infestations (10 credits); Skills in Medicines Use Reviews (for pharmacists only) (5 credits); Patient Monitoring in Practice (for pharmacists only) (10 credits); Skills in Public Health (for pharmacists only) (10 credits); Pharmacy Management (for pharmacists only) (10 credits)

English Language Requirements


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Applicants should have:

A first degree in a relevant subject from an EU university

OR at least five years of work experience in health care after obtaining a relevant professional qualification.

Students must be pharmacists, nurses or allied health professionals registered with the relevant UK professional or regulatory body and practising in the UK, preferably within the NHS.

Equivalent qualifications from a non-EU university may be accepted, but their comparability is assessed on an individual basis.

Students educated in a language other than English should have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above or an equivalent rating in another language testing system. Alternatively, students can enter via the University of Greenwich International Pre-Masters' Programme.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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