The DPharm programme is among the first in Europe and offers a new professional doctorate pathway to hospital pharmacists. It is aimed at developing a range of research-based skills, focusing on improved delivery of clinical pharmacy services to the patient.
Part 1 of this modular programme (2 or 3 years part-time) enhances key clinical skills through case studies. Personal research competencies are also developed in the candidate's chosen area of specialisation. A definitive literature review and the research proposal compiled in Part 1 are followed by the second phase (2 years), focused entirely on the design, evaluation and publication of a hospital pharmacy-based research project for the doctoral programme, leading to the doctoral thesis.
During Part 1 the candidate's portfolio of pharmacy practice is assessed for core competencies by practising and senior tutors. Written assignments are the focus for the assessment of the research-based modules. A reflective journal is provided at the end of Part 1 and examined in a viva-voce by an externally moderated assessment panel. At the end of Part 2, the doctoral thesis is examined exactly as for a PhD.
Candidates who are UK-registered pharmacists with a degree in pharmacy, and sponsored by a hospital pharmacy department, should have the diploma or MSc in clinical pharmacy (or equivalent). The University's accreditation of prior learning process encourages full recognition of a candidate's experience in giving exemption from one or more of the Part 1 modules.
The University of Bradford is proud of its reputation for making students from other countries feel welcome. We start the moment you arrive, if not before. Almost a third of our present postgraduate students come from outside the UK, so you will certainly not be alone! And we very much value the contribution that your experience can make to the University.
International Student Requirements:
English language requirements: IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.