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Pharmaceutical Industrial Advanced Training (PIAT)

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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.

Special features

Distance learning

Using distance learning, the PIAT programme is designed to improve students' work performance and allow them to achieve university qualifications without the need for prolonged absence from work. Students receive a work book containing teaching material and exercises for each module chosen. Tutors are available to assist throughout the course.

Industry-recognised qualification

In the long term it improves graduates' career prospects by providing industry-recognised qualifications validated by a leading university. It also provides much of the learning required for Qualified Person recognition.

Open to experienced individuals

We recognise that many people who work in the Industry may not have a first degree, but have knowledge and experience which puts them in a place where a postgraduate qualification would support their personal and career aspirations.

We are able to offer these individuals access to our programme, initially as a non-registered student. If they are able to demonstrate ability to study at a postgraduate level, then we transfer them to the formal route in recognition of this experiential learning and ability.

Teaching and learning

Our Pharmaceutical Industry programme offers workshop based learning. This gives the student the opportunity to meet with their tutors and fellow students to discuss the module content, assignments and examinations.

The three day Summer School runs workshops for modules from our clinical trials, pharmaceutical microbiology and Industrial pharmacy programmes. This will be held at a Manchester Central venue and will run from Thursday 2nd June through to Saturday 4th June 2016 inclusive. All modules will be covered over this 3 day programme, which will also be an opportunity to network.

This event is covered by your module fee, however accommodation and travelling expenses will not be covered. Pharmaceutical Business Development and Licensing workshops are held yearly in London in early December.

Examinations are run twice a year here in Manchester. Examinations will normally run in September and March. Examination timetables are distributed at least 6 months prior and under no circumstances can be changed. On request we can arrange an exam to be sat in your own country if travel to the UK is difficult.

Coursework and assessment

Our modules are assessed by examination, assignment or a combination of both. For those starting a module in the Autumn, the submission deadline is the 30th June of the following year. For those starting a module in the Spring, the submission deadline is the 31st January of the following year.MSc students must also write a dissertation.

Course unit details

Modules for the course are grouped under the following main themes:

  • Industrial pharmacy
  • Clinical trials
  • Pharmaceutical Business Development and Licensing
  • Pharmaceutical Microbiology
Industrial Pharmacy
  1. Basic principles: The physicochemical principles of dosage form design
  2. Preformulation studies 1
  3. Preformulation studies 2
  4. Oral Solid Dosage forms 1
  5. Liquid and semi-solid dosage forms: Formulation and process development
  6. Management Tools
  7. Oral Solid Dosage forms 2
  8. Lean Processes: Introducing 6 Stigma
  9. Quality control and quality assurance: Concepts, international regulatory requirements and management
  10. Packaging: Materials, methods, regulatory requirements and product development
  11. Regulatory affairs: International requirements in development, manufacturing and marketing*
  12. Pharmaceutical engineering: An introduction to design, construction and operation of facilities
  13. Quality control laboratory testing: Laboratory testing of raw materials and finished products
  14. Safety, health and environment: Concepts, legislation and management*
  15. Inhalation dosage forms: Formulation and process development
  16. Product development management: An overview of the processes and management*
  17. Scientific and medical writing*

*Assessed by assignments only (no written examination)

Each of our modules can be purchased individually to support the continuing learning needs of the individual with no commitment to proceed to the PGCert or other formal qualification.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office .