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Pharmaceutical Industrial Advanced Training (PIAT)

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Degree awarded
Up to 60 months
Entry requirements

Access to PIAT is open to all. There are no special entry requirements if you want to study individual modules as part of your personal development programme.

PIAT is an advanced level programme and some modules require advanced level knowledge of physical and organic chemistry, biology and mathematics. All modules require some work and experience within the industry.

To study for a Postgraduate Diploma or the MSc degree you should have a degree level scientific qualification. If you do not already have the required qualifications to study for the Postgraduate Diploma, you can join this programme when you have proved your ability by earning four module credits.

International Students: All International students must upload a scanned copy of their passport as part of the application process.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Application process

Course commences: All modules commence in April and October and must be completed in 12 months.

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

Developed in partnership with the pharmaceutical industry, the PIAT programme is a postgraduate-level training programme designed for scientists and managers working in the pharmaceutical industry in the fields of Product Development, Manufacturing and Quality Assurance.

The programme is administered by the Manchester Pharmacy School, which obtained the highest ratings available in recent teaching and research assessments.


Tuition fees can be paid on a module-by-module basis or, alternatively, students can pay for a block of 4 in two installments or pay the full fee for the 8 modules. Fees are determined by the month students start the course. Students undertaking an MSc must also pay a dissertation fee.  

Fees shown below are applicable to Home/EU and International students.

Students starting after July 2014

Fees: £1,555 per module.  

  • MSc: 8 modules plus dissertation = £13,995
  • PGDip:8 modules = £12,440
  • PGCert: 4 modules = £6,220

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Contact details

Academic department
Manchester Pharmacy School
+44 (0)161 275 1798
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