Our Pharmaceutical Technology MSc offers you world-class teaching in formulation and drug delivery from internationally renowned scientists. This course has a strong scientific base, designed specifically to improve the skills of pharmacists and graduates with life sciences, chemistry and chemical engineering backgrounds. You will gain hands-on practical experience with some of the most advanced techniques and instruments, and conduct research with experts in the field.
This course will teach you about the science and application of the formulation of pharmaceutical products, and will allow you to assist in the discovery and development of better medicines.
We aim to give you the knowledge and expertise in liquid and solid dosage form design and handling which you will need for a career in the pharmaceutical industry, research institutes or biotech. You will also gain an understanding of the scientific principles that underpin dosage form stability. You will undertake in-depth study and research into the biopharmaceutic and physicochemical aspects of dosage form design.
You will be taught by academic staff who are experts in the field and who are members of an internationally leading team. Your contact time will be as follows:
Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work
We will assess you through a combination of exams, essays and coursework .
The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.
Recent graduates have gone on to take PhD studies; to work in R&D laboratories in the pharmaceutical industry; or biotech. Overseas students have returned to similar positions in their home countries.
Developed in partnership with the pharmaceutical industry, the four pathways of our MSc in Pharmaceutical Industrial Advanced Training (PIAT) are postgraduate-level training programmes designed for scientists and managers working in the pharmaceutical industry and NHS in the fields of product development, manufacturing and quality assurance.
Many of our units have been developed to support those seeking to build their QP portfolio and our team includes QPs who are willing to support your development through this pathway.
You can also take individual units as standalone CPD courses. Please contact us for further details of the units that can be taken.
We offer a three-day summer school each year to allow you to meet fellow students and your tutors while attending workshops to support your learning and development in the units.
For our Business Development and Licensing pathway, we offer a two-day winter school held in London that covers the units within this key course for business development executives.
Below are some links that may be useful if you're thinking about studying PIAT.
Example dissertation titles
Below are examples of previous dissertations undertaken on the PIAT course.
All units commence in April and October. You can see a list of units in the table below, or view units specific to each of the four pathways:
Our alumni have used the learning and opportunities gained from this course to advance their careers in a range of roles and areas.
Some have moved to management positions, while others have taken on roles with more responsibility, becoming team leaders, heads of projects or responsible for new and larger areas, regions or territories.
As part of the course, our students build networks of contacts and join a growing community of leaders within the industry.