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Pharmaceutical Industrial Advanced Training (PIAT) (MSc/PGDip/PGCert)

Course content

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.

  • Clinical Trials : This is ideal for those wishing to specialise in this key area and is of relevance to those working in the NHS, as well as in industrial settings.
  • Pharmaceutical Microbiology : We work with PharMIG on the content and curriculum of this programme, ensuring that it is recognised as a leader within the field.
  • Pharmaceutical Business Development and Licensing : Our programme is delivered in partnership with the Pharmaceutical Licensing Group, enabling you to learn from leaders in networking and the legal field.
  • Industrial Pharmacy : This programme covers the industrial pharmacist role from formulation through to QA and QC, and also regulatory affairs and lean processes (including Six Sigma).

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.

Additional course information

Below are some links that may be useful if you're thinking about studying PIAT.

Coursework and assessment

Example dissertation titles

Below are examples of previous dissertations undertaken on the PIAT course.

  • 'Comparison of the Chemical and Physical Stability of Three Different Dry Powder Inhalers containing Salmeterol Xinafoate and Fluticasone Propionate' - Joanne Ridgway
  • 'Simulation of Modelling of Clinical and Pre-clinical Trial Supply Units' - Robert Jones
  • 'Evaluation of Inspection Efficiency in a Sterile Vial Manufacturing Process' - Julia Deacon
  • 'The Use of a Compaction Simulator in Preformulation' - Richard Iain Bell
  • 'An Evaluation of the Impact of the Environmental Protection Agency on the Irish Pharmaceutical Industry' - Michael G Bizzell
  • 'Physical Characterisation of a Multi-particulate Dosage Form using an Image Analysis System' - David K Brown
  • 'Commissioning and Validation of a Small-scale Manufacturing Facility for the Production of Aseptically-prepared Products and the Subsequent Validation for a Specific Product Line' - Sarah Dawson
  • 'Formulation of a Bioequivalent Immediate Release Tablet Preparation' - Roland T Green

Course unit details

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:

Career opportunities

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.

Visit the Pharmaceutical Industrial Advanced Training (PIAT) (MSc/PGDip/PGCert) page on the University of Manchester website for more details!




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