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.
Our MSc Model-based Drug Development course provides the knowledge and skills for making evidence-based decisions at various stages of drug development.
It covers the scientific and regulatory aspects of evaluating a drug, with emphasis on the use of modelling and simulation methods. You will learn why these methods are so highly valued by industry and regulatory authorities as effective, cost-saving, decision-making tools. Learning is reinforced via hands-on application of the skills to real data.
The course has been developed with an emphasis on mechanistic approaches to assessing and predicting pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics (PKPD), such as physiologically-based pharmacokinetics (PBPK) .
As this comes under the general umbrella of systems biology, you will be able to apply your knowledge of modelling and simulation in various areas of research within the pharmaceutical industry.
Full-time students benefit from immersion in the varied biomedical research environment at The University of Manchester, including interaction with research staff at the renowned Centre for Applied Pharmacokinetic Research .
Alternatively, part-time students already working in the pharmaceutical industry can take advantage of the flexible, distance learning mode of the course, which allows you to fit study around other commitments.
The aim of the course is to provide specialist knowledge and skills that are highly relevant for a career linked to drug development and pharmaceutical industry.
It is designed for science, engineering or mathematics graduates who want to acquire:
The course aims to:
Distance learning option
Our distance learning option is ideal for scientists linked to the pharmaceutical industry who wish to expand their expertise while working in the industry.
The full-time mode allows suitably trained mathematics, science or engineering graduates to focus on obtaining the advanced skills needed for a career in this area. We utilise a blended learning approach in which online learning content is supported by regular face-to-face contact with tutors.
Your learning will be reinforced over the duration of the course via hands-on application of your skills to real data.
The course focuses on the following topics.
The course emphasises the development of problem-solving skills. A large portion of the learning involves structured problems requiring you to apply theory and practical skills to solve typical problems that arise in drug development.
The following teaching and learning methods are used throughout the course:
We assess your achievement of the learning outcomes for this course through:
This course was originally developed for scientists working within the pharmaceutical industry who wished to qualify as modellers with hands-on experience. The qualification will enhance your abilities within your current role or provide you with skills to progress into new posts.
The course is also appropriate for science and engineering graduates who wish to enter the industry. The role of modelling and simulation or pharmacometrics is assuming greater and greater importance in the pharmaceutical industry.
Pharmaceutical companies and government regulatory agencies are recognising its value in making best use of laboratory and clinical data, guiding and expediting development and saving time and costs.
A range of well-paid jobs exist in this area across the globe. Scientific and industry publications often discuss the current shortage and growing need for modellers.
The pharmaceutical industry and pharmacies are developed in a complex and highly regulated environment. Research of new drugs is quite expensive and you need enough time for it.
For that reason, pharmaceutical marketing professionals must be prepared to meet the challenges they encounter on the way to the success of the brands they manage.
This Master MBA with specialization in Pharmaceutical Marketing offers the opportunity to train and develop the skills in the field of business management, marketing, branding and digital communication in order to implement strategic plans to products, services or companies with the best strategy adapted to all current regulations.
This master aimed at the pharmaceutical industry claims that the student is able to implement a strategy to address successfully as well as enable you so you can evaluate the suitability of a business strategy, analyzing the marketing plan in which it is based, thus ensuring the desired results for your company.
MFI offers a flexible methodology adapted to your needs, whatever your geographical location or time availability. This master can be studied under:
All contents are fully updated and have great technical, easily understandable and with a clear practical vocation rigor. IMF offers you:
Continuous assessment as advances in the study of the Master. Each module will be assessed by combining online and development of case examination; overcoming will free each subject.
Likewise, obtaining master's degrees and Master MFI University Camilo José Cela, subject to overcoming each module testing and the development of a master work order.
Students who pass this master can work in:
This part-time course enables suitably-qualified pharmaceutical industry employees to:
The course is provided in a unique collaboration between:
NSF-Health Sciences are leading experts in the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries offering training, consultancy and auditing services.
You’re required to complete six of the NSF modules for consideration for the Postgraduate Certificate. For the Postgraduate Diploma you need to complete 12 modules.
Modules run over a 21-month period as a series of 13 one-week residential courses. You complete additional study before sitting examinations for the award of the Certificate or Diploma.
The Diploma can be converted to the MSc by completion of a research project which is normally undertaken at your workplace.
The course is by part-time study only.
The course is based on the syllabus in the European-approved 'Qualified Person' (QP) study guide as used in the pharmaceutical industry.
The course content includes all the diverse elements required to ensure that each batch of a medicinal product meets the quality requirements of the relevant product and manufacturer's licences. This includes:
You’re also made aware of the statutory framework which is applied in the control of the manufacture and distribution of medicinal products.
The Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences (SIPBS) offers an excellent environment for research and teaching. It’s located in a new building with several laboratories. All are fitted with modern equipment.
Each module consists of:
The cohesion of the student group rapidly develops as all participants are generally working in some aspect of quality assurance in the pharmaceutical industry. As such, the informal aspects of each module can become an important part of the knowledge-gathering process.
Modules are assessed individually. You’ll sit formal examinations. MSc students write and submit for examination a thesis based on their research project.
Gaining knowledge and skills will enhance your career progression in the pharmaceutical industry.
The School is equipped with a range of state-of-the-art equipment, which would help provide relevant practical experience for the students. Therefore the course aims to help students develop the necessary knowledge and practical skills to work in various areas within the pharmaceutical industry, including formulation, regulatory, and analytical services. Students will have a holistic view on the drug development process and be able to solve common pharmaceutical problems by critically evaluating and discussing the scientific literature.
The course is offered on a one year full-time basis, taught over three terms. It includes six taught modules in the first two terms in which all lecture material will be provided on our VLE to enable access.
If you wish to study MRes Cancer biology and Therapy, you must initially apply for MSc Cancer Biology and Therapy and successfully complete the first semester modules.
GSK, Quay Pharma, Rosemont Pharmaceuticals Ltd. and MHRA etc.
The MSc programme is delivered not only via the conventional means of face-to-face lectures, workshops, tutorials and seminars, but the use of online technologies such as videos and discussion forum would also help integrate students’ learning into their normal daily activities.
Practical classes, problem-based-learning exercises related to industrial challenges and reflective activities throughout the course would also help develop students’ ability to solve pharmaceutical problems practically and provide students an opportunity to apply their knowledge into practice, particularly in relation to the need for appropriate formulation design and development, and how these factors affect clinical outcomes in practice.
A variety of assessment methods will be used for this MSc course, including essays, oral presentations, posters, written examinations and laboratory reports.
Students on the course have opportunities to visit our industrial collaborators who specialise in liquid and solid dosage forms, which aim to provide an insight to students about the pharmaceutical industry and the various roles available in industry. Guest lectures and workshops provided at UCLan from the pharmaceutical industry and regulatory bodies also supplement the various modules studied in the course.
Graduate careers include: formulation scientist, PhD research student, and quality control technician.
Graduates may apply for further PhD study at UCLan or other institutions following completion of the MSc Programme. Alternatively, graduates aim to find jobs in the pharmaceutical industry as a formulation scientist, regulatory affairs officer and other roles in industry.
Eligible students may also be able to conduct their MSc research project in collaboration with an industrial partner in semester 3 as part of their MSc studies. This could be in the UK or overseas, subject to availability and agreement with the industrial organisation.
The specifically designed Pharmaceutical Sciences laboratories have excellent facilities to carry out teaching and research in pharmaceutical sciences. For example, a single-punch tablet press and powder encapsulation equipment help provide practical experience of small scale solid dosage form manufacturing. Other specialist equipment such as coating and spray drying instrument also help enhance students’ learning experience at the University. The characterisation of various dosage forms in accordance to the BP or USP methods can also be carried out using dissolution, disintegration, friability testers etc.
Various advanced drug delivery devices for pulmonary, oral and transdermal applications are also available for both teaching and research at the School. Students would also be able to use the superb analytical instrument available at the University for their practical classes and research project.
The MSc Pharmaceutical Science programme was developed in response to the need for enhanced skills by employees within pharmaceutical research, development or manufacturing.
The programme will generate graduates with in-depth theoretical knowledge and extensive laboratory skills, allowing students to be involved in many disciplines of pharmaceutical science from drug discovery and medicinal chemistry through to product development and manufacture and including pharmaceutical analysis, quality control and quality assurance.
Delivery on this programme involves a series of lectures, seminars, workshops and lab-based exercises. Many of the lectures on this programme are delivered by leading industrial experts. Problem-based learning and case studies will provide students with experience of team-working that simulates an industrial setting. Students will develop team-working, critical thinking and analytical problem solving abilities which are important in the modern pharmaceutical industry.
The main part of the programme is a research project that runs over the whole academic year and gives students the opportunity to work with modern research equipment to carry out novel research. Project work will help students enhance practical skills, analytical thinking, time management, communication skills and independence.
The aims of the programme are to:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.
Students are assessed through examinations, coursework and a dissertation.
Graduates from this programme can pursue careers in the NHS, the pharmaceutical industry or industries manufacturing other health care products.
The contribution of inflammation and immune dysfunction to a wide range of diseases, from arthritis to cancer to obesity is becoming increasingly clear. The MSc in Immunology and Inflammatory Disease integrates basic, translational and clinical immunology and inflammation biology with cutting edge molecular and cellular techniques to equip students with both a working knowledge of inflammatory disease together with state of the art research approaches used to study the area.
The MSc programme will consist of five taught courses and a project or dissertation, spread over 11-12 months. Three courses are compulsory and two are chosen from a series of options.
The PgDip programme will consist of five taught courses, spread over 7-8 months, with three compulsory courses and two chosen from a series of options.
The PgCert programme consists of one core taught course over 3-4 months.
The course will include registration and attendance at the British Society for Immunology Annual Congress. This will enable
The programme provides an ideal grounding for progression to further research studies in immunology, inflammation and infectious diseases, or for a career in pharmaceutical/bioscience industries. Our graduates have gone on to take up careers/routes in
The global drug delivery sector is set to attain significant growth over the next five years. This is driven by the introduction of technologies with improved product features. As the pharmaceutical industry continues to innovate in order to maintain growth and profitability, the use of new drug delivery technologies is being explored for many treatment areas.
The introduction of new routes of delivery combined with increasing research and development spend, has created a new market for drug delivery and there is a market need for employees with matched skill sets.
The programme provides specialist research training and practical experience in the design and development of effective drug delivery systems, as well as promoting directly applicable skills for career and professional development.
This course is designed to provide a robust postgraduate training and skills development for life science or physical science-based graduate students seeking employment in the pharmaceutical industry or at the life sciences interface.
The course aims to:
Within your project, you'll have the exciting opportunity to work alongside leading researchers developing the next generation of drug delivery systems. We offer a range of topics from nano to macro drug delivery systems and we consider a wide range of delivery strategies.
The Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences offers an excellent environment for research and teaching. It’s located in a new building with several laboratories. All are fitted with the latest equipment.
The course will also provide students with full experiential learning with facilities including:
The course is also supported by access to the full range of analytical spectroscopic and chromatographic instrumentation for the characterisation of drug and drug delivery components, including:
The course is delivered through lectures, tutorials and hands-on practical sessions.
If you successfully complete the required taught classes you may undertake a laboratory project for the MSc.
Assessment of taught classes is through multiple choice tests, computer quizzes, problem solving scenarios, poster and oral presentations, essays, and formal written exams. The laboratory project is assessed through a written thesis.
This Masters programme is designed to support your career journey into the field of drug delivery and pharmaceutical sciences and provide the support for you to take up an exciting role within the pharmaceutical industry or continue your research career into a PhD programme.
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.