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Quality Management for Scientific Research and Development (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)

Course Description

Advances in science have led to major improvements in people's lives but this is twinned with an increasing focus on the safety and efficacy of pharmaceuticals, devices, biologicals, agrochemicals and chemicals in humans, animals and the environment.

Quality management in scientific R&D has become an essential tool in ensuring that modern advances in pharmaceutical, agrochemical, chemical and medical device products, from development to manufacture, are implemented within a rigorous and robust quality framework.This is developed to reflect: regulatory changes, the impact of regulatory inspection, the changing structure and needs of industry.

This unique qualification, delivered in collaboration with the Research Quality Association (RQA), has been devised to meet increasing demand by the healthcare industry for senior quality management professionals.
- Available on a part-time basis only, this qualification is designed to be flexible in order to fit around your current job and responsibilities.

- Courses are also available at Diploma and Certificate level, allowing even greater flexibility.

- Individual modules may be attended as standalone short courses, without the need to register for the full qualification (for professionals with a specific interest).


Quality Management in Scientific Research and Development MSc is part of our Executive MSc Programme. This provides working professionals with the opportunity to obtain a formal qualification in Quality Assurance. The programme is specifically designed to help support you to fit study into your working life. Modules are condensed as we appreciate securing time away from the office is challenging and off-campus support is available via online facilities and personal tutor support via email and telephone.

The MSc presents the core quality assurance methods, practices and processes as currently employed within the healthcare and associated sectors, whilst also looking for changing dynamics of the teams responsible for quality assurance.

The course will enable you to develop:
- A solid foundation in regulatory requirements and standards
- The advanced skills to manage quality teams and systems
- The competence to deliver quality results and business performance.

Cranfield places a high emphasis on practical, transferable skills. We realise that your current or future employer will value your ability to put your knowledge and skills in to action. We give you the chance to develop indispensable team-working, project management and independent research skills. The MSc allows you to undertake an individual research project relating to quality management in industry. We are confident that this opportunity will give you a significant advantage in the field.

Quality Management MSc is made up of three components:
- A formal taught component comprising eight modules
- Core Principles Integration - Integrating Portfolio
- Individual Research Project.

Core Modules

The formal taught component of this course comprises eight modules covering the main principles of research quality management, quality audits, risk management and quality teams. Marks for each of the modules are usually obtained through a combination of written assignments and examination. This element constitutes 40% of the overall mark. For those students who do not wish to complete the full MSc course a Diploma and Certificate level is also available. The Diploma includes eight modules and an integrating portfolio. The Certificate includes six modules. For even greater flexibility individual modules can be attended as standalone three-day short courses. Please enquire for more details. Cranfield University campus has excellent transport links and several hotels and accommodation options on site making it a very easy place to attend modules.

Individual Project

The individual research project is an integral part of the course. It gives you the chance to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding acquired during the taught phase of the course to a practical problem in quality management.

The individual research project will most likely be undertaken in your place of work – benefiting both you and your employer. However you may be able to complete this at Cranfield or possibly at another organisation and we may be able to help you find placements. This element constitutes the remaining 40% of the overall mark.


Modules – combination of written assignments. Core Principles Integration element - written assessment. Individual Research Project - combination of a submitted thesis, oral presentation and application and initiative shown during the project. The pass mark for all components is 50%.

Why this course

Our MSc fills a major gap in the availability of quality management courses for managers, scientists, auditors and other practitioners who are aspiring to more senior roles or independent consultancy.

The course retains a high relevance and currency through the relationships between Cranfield, RQA regulatory authorities, professional membership organisations and numerous other organisations in the industry.

This course offers flexibility and support for those who wish to train whilst remaining in employment and provides delegates with invaluable access to industry professionals and networking events to help develop their careers.

Students come from the UK and the EU and usually have anything from 2 - 25 years experience in the field. This mix provides excellent opportunities for networking and exchange of knowledge.

There are 15 places available on this course - class sizes are kept relatively small to help create an interactive environment and to ensure each student receives excellent support from our academic team.

Career opportunities

Cranfield’s Quality Management MSc will enhance your career in quality management or provide you with the opportunity to pursue further research and professional development activities.

The course is specifically designed to provide you with invaluable access to industry professionals and networking events - preparing you for exciting career development opportunities in any of the following sectors:
- Pharmaceutical
- Healthcare
- Biotechnology
- Chemical.

For further information

On this course, please visit our course webpage - http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/courses/masters/quality-management-in-scientific-r-and-d.html

Visit the Quality Management for Scientific Research and Development (MSc/PgDip/PgCert) page on the Cranfield University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

1st or 2nd class UK Honours degree, or equivalent, in a science, business or management subject, preferably with two years’ experience in a relevant role within the healthcare industry.

Course Fees

Home/EU - £1,500 p/a Overseas - £1,500 p/a

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