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Pharmaceutical Industrial Advanced Training (PIAT)

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Degree awarded
Up to 60 months
Entry requirements

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

Our Pharmaceutical Industry Programme 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
Course commences: All modules commence in April and October.

Course options

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

Course description

Developed in partnership with the pharmaceutical industry, the four programmes offered by Manchester Pharmacy School 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.

Our Clinical Trials programme is ideal for those wishing to specialise in this key area and is of relevance to those working in the NHS setting as well as the Industrial setting.

We work with PharMIG on the content and curriculum of our programme for Pharmaceutical Microbiology, ensuring that this programme is recognised as leading within the field.

Our programme for Pharmaceutical Business Development and Licensing is delivered in partnership with the Pharmaceutical Licensing Group, allowing you the opportunity to learn from leaders in networking and the legal field.

And finally our suite of programmes for those working in Industrial Pharmacy encapsulates the role from formulation, through QA and QC to regulatory affairs and lean processes.

Many of our modules 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.

We offer a three day Summer School each year to allow you to meet fellow students and your tutors, whilst attending workshop to support your learning and development in the modules.

And for our Business Development and Licensing programme we offer a two day Winter School held in London which covers the modules within this key programme for BD executives.

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 2015

Fees: £1,611 per module.

  • MSc: 8 modules plus dissertation = £14,499
  • PGDip:8 modules = £12,888

PGCert: 4 modules = £6,444

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.

Contact details

Academic department
Manchester Pharmacy School
+44 (0)161 306 0604
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