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.
The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) has launched this unique Masters in Industrial Biotechnology. IBioIC has committed to creating the next generation of skilled industrial biotechnologists.
The course meets industrial needs and is at the forefront of developments in science and engineering. It combines the expertise of staff from 13 academic institutions across Scotland. Our industrial partners also provide input to the course.
This is an exciting opportunity for science and engineering graduates who are looking for a career in an emerging industry that is sustainable, green and essential to the global economy.
The course will provide you with a strong foundation in basic industrial biotechnology. You’ll also cover advanced state-of-the-art topics in a wide range of industrial biotechnology-related areas. A three-month placement is offered, giving students the opportunity to gain valuable experience working with one of IBioIC’s industrial partners.
The taught classes are designed to give you a thorough understanding of the current developments in industrial biotechnology.
Two semesters of formal teaching are followed by an intensive research project. You'll carry this out with an industrial partner.
The taught classes cover the following areas and are taught by the following partners:
Core classes include:
Elective classes include:
The Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences (SIPBS) offers an excellent environment for research and teaching. It is located in a new building with several laboratories. All are fitted with modern equipment.
Two semesters of formal teaching are followed by an intensive research project, carried out with an industrial partner.
The final assessment will be based on performance in exams, coursework and the research project. If necessary there may be a formal oral exam.
The course provides an exciting opportunity for science and engineering graduates who are looking for a career in an emerging industry that is sustainable, green and essential to the global economy.
Our students enjoyed successful placements with the following companies:
A total of 70% of our 2014 cohort have found full-time jobs or have undertaken further study as a result of the experience gained throughout their placement.
* We still have a position on the course starting in September 2018 – this will lead to a placement in Synthetic Organic Chemistry. Please apply by Tuesday 31 July*
Our pioneering two-year MSc programme is unique in the UK, and builds on the foundations of our very successful one-year programme in Drug Discovery and Pharmaceutical Sciences, to equip students with an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of drug discovery, and industry standard training.
The course is designed to develop graduates who have exceptional scientific understanding and a host of transferable skills, including leadership skills. It is therefore especially recommended to high-achieving and ambitious students seeking an opportunity to gain extensive hands-on training in an industrial environment, working as part of a multidisciplinary team.
The course blends the two fundamental disciplines underpinning drug discovery and provides students with the opportunity to practise background theory within the productive, research-led environments offered by the School of Pharmacy. This school has world-leading expertise in the areas of drug discovery and pharmaceutical science, and students on this course will have the chance to learn directly from staff at the forefront of the field.
The course is technology-rich, using online learning packages to supplement face-to-face teaching and innovative assessment methods.
The second year of the course has been developed in conjunction with the pharmaceutical industry to ensure currency and relevance, and to increase the future employability of graduates. Our aim is to train future leaders in the pharmaceutical sector.
The placement year with one of our industrial partners is arranged and guaranteed upon completion of a successful application and interview process. You will pay reduced tuition fees for the second year of the course, as you focus on your industrial training.
Due to limited places available, students who are unable to join the two-year programme will automatically be considered for our Royal Society of Chemistry accredited one-year programme, which includes the same disciplines underpinning drug discovery and research-led environment in which to practise the theory.
The overall aim of the MSc is to develop knowledge and understanding, cognitive skills, key skills and practical and professional skills in the area of Drug Discovery and Pharmaceutical Science. The overall drug discovery process from ‘concept to clinic’ provides the reference point for the education and training delivered in the more specific scientific and regulatory aspects.
Students will, therefore, be able to develop an understanding of the scientific principles underlying the main topic areas housed within the arena of drug discovery. In addition, upon completing the degree students will be able to make effective use of electronic communication and information search and retrieval to facilitate development of key critical skills with which to assess and analyse a broad array of scientific literature.
When taken together, the ethos of the programme is therefore to:
Please visit the online prospectus for detailed module information.
Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria will be shortlisted for interview based on their whole application, including the personal statement. Your personal statement should include:
The interview will include a technical component, which will involve questions relating to theoretical organic chemistry, synthesis and retrosynthesis. The final offer of a place will depend on the availability of placements.
To secure your place, you will need to pay a £2000 deposit. This will form part of your conditional offer as there are a limited number of placements offered in advance by providers. Once the deposit is paid and any other offer conditions are met, your place on the course is guaranteed. The deposit will be used to offset your tuition fee for the first year.
If you are unable to secure a place on the two-year course, after meeting initial eligibility criteria, you will be guaranteed an offer for the one-year course (which is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry). This course incorporates the same high quality taught module component but replaces the industrial placement year with a three-month research project at the University.
Graduates can expect to move into a range of scientific careers, particularly with global pharmaceutical companies and pharmaceutical SMEs. Strong industrial links to the course will further enhance students’ employability.
The MSc also provides a strong grounding for students wishing to subsequently study for a PhD in a related subject area.
This new and unique course enables pharmacists (registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council) to come together in a small peer-group learning environment to develop as advanced clinical practitioners. The course is flexible with a choice of classes that look at specific practice and personal development needs.
The course is designed to produce highly skilled practitioners who can improve patient care by driving forward innovation in all areas of pharmacy practice through delivery of the Scottish Government’s Vision and Action Plan: Prescription for Excellence
The Independent Prescribing (IP) qualification is included within the course as an optional 30-credit module; practitioners who have already completed the IP qualification will receive 30 credits for prior learning and the requirements for each award will be reduced by 30 credits.
This course consists of a series of optional classes.
Successful completion of 60 credits from any combination of classes leads to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate.
The award of a Postgraduate Diploma requires 120 credits. The MSc requires 180 credits, which includes a project and class in research skills.
The Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences (SIPBS)is recognised as one of the foremost departments of its kind in the UK. It's a leading research centre in the search for new and improved medicines. You'll benefit from the advanced facilities of a new £36 million building.
Our postgraduate community comes from all corners of the globe and benefits from the support and guidance of the Institute’s Graduate School as well as from close, long-standing industrial and NHS links.
Research in SIPBS is focused on “New Medicines, Better Medicines, Better Use of Medicines”.
The teaching and research interests of the Institute cover many aspects of pharmacy and biomedical sciences. There's particular emphasis on:
The course places a strong emphasis on student-centred learning delivered through a blended learning approach. There's a combination of e-learning materials, small group tutorials and workshops led by experienced staff, student presentations and work-based practice activities. Class material is available through online learning tools which can be accessed at any time.
The Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences has a well-established relationship with NHS Scotland and a number of leading clinicians have visiting or honorary appointments. The course team combines both academic and clinical expertise to deliver classes that provide both the scientific knowledge and practical skills that are necessary to achieve the changes required to improve patient care.
Together we undertake collaborative research focused on the “Better Use of Medicines” through the study of real-world clinical data (pharmacoepidemiology) and the design and testing of novel healthcare intervention models in clinical practice settings (practice research).
Assessment is through both written assignments and practical observation/examinations and submission of a manuscript (MSc students only).
The course prepares you to develop and grow your clinical career to prepare you for senior clinical leadership appointments in variable healthcare settings. For example:
In the Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences master’s programme you are trained at the leading edge of drug-design and fundamental research of new drugs, optimization of existing drugs, and personalised medicine.
Despite major advances in drug-research, many common diseases such as cancers, neurological diseases, cardiovascular disease and other auto-immune diseases, lack effective treatment, or are found incurable. You are trained for a scientific career in drug research and development. Depending on your interest, you can choose from seven specialisations to further extend your scientific training and theoretical background.
Read more about our Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences programme.
Find more reasons to study Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences at Leiden University.
The master’s programme of Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences (BPS) aims to train you in the research area of bio-pharmaceutical sciences and drug research in such a way that you have extensive knowledge and hands-on experience to be able to work independently as a scientific researcher. Moreover, you have a wide range of other career opportunities bio-pharmaceutical industry, science communication, and education.
The Masters (MSc) in Pharmaceutical Analysis at Queen's University Belfast is taught jointly between the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and the School of Pharmacy by leading experts in the field.
The overall aim of the Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Analysis programme is to provide advanced training in chemical analysis, with a focus on applications in the pharmaceutical sector. We provide students with an appropriate skill-set, knowledgebase and practical experience in preparation for a career either in industrial or academic chemical analysis research in a supportive learning environment.
You will also receive hands-on training on state-of-the-art separation techniques, such as HPLC/MS and GC/MS, in the purpose-built Pharmaceutical Analysis lab designed in partnership with Agilent, a world-leading instrument manufacturer.
The overall aim of the programme is to provide advanced training in chemical analysis, with a focus on applications in the pharmaceutical sector, providing students with an appropriate skill-set, knowledgebase and practical experience in preparation for a career either in industrial or academic chemical analysis research in a supportive learning environment. The aims and objectives are to:
• prepare the student to move directly into graduate level employment in the chemical / pharmaceutical industry, or in a non-chemistry related industry,
• enhance their employability skills including the ability to work in a team, written and oral presentation skills, numeracy and preparation for self-motivated lifelong learning, professional development and service to society,
• gain appropriate knowledge and subject specific practical skills to permit students to progress to either an academic research degree (PhD) or an industrial research position,
• provide a practical research training through successful completion of a substantial piece of research in pharmaceutical analysis, and
• undertake research at the forefront of the analytical sciences at an advanced level.
The programme is designed to train students in the appropriate skills for them to be able to pursue a career in chemical analysis, either in an academic or industrial context, with particular focus on pharmaceutical analysis. The course is structured in a way that will ensure hands-on experience with the majority of techniques and instrumentation used nowadays in modern analytical laboratories.The course comprises of four taught modules that cover the key aspects of Pharmaceutical Analysis, including Advanced Separation Science, Advanced Spectroscopic Techniques, Solid State Characterisation Techniques and Quality Assurance and Control in the Pharmaceutical Industry.
All students will undertake a research project supervised by an academic member of staff from either the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering or the School of Pharmacy, followed by a written dissertation and an oral presentation, while the option to carry out an industry based project will be available.
The course is offered on a full-time and part-time basis, in order to accommodate students already in employment. The full-time course will last one year and the part-time course two years.