MSc Pharmaceutical Industrial Advanced Training (PIAT) / Course details
Year of entry: 2019
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 the Pharmaceutical Microbiology Interest Group (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 Pharmaceutical 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
- Working in the pharmaceutical industry (The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI))
- EndNote - A popular bibliographic reference manager package.
- Royal Pharmaceutical Society - Qualified Persons
- LinkedIn - Pharmaceutical Industry Advanced Training
- Pharmaceutical Microbiology - Microbiology, pharmaceuticals, healthcare and contamination control discussion site.
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 start in April and October. View units specific to each of the four pathways below and see the course units table for links to more information:
- Basic Principles - The physicochemical principles of dosage form design (PHAR71010)
- Preformulation Studies 1 - Physicochemical aspects of drug substances and excipients (PHAR71020)
- Oral Solid Dosage Forms ¿ 1 (PHAR71040)
- Oral Solid Dosage Forms ¿ 2 (PHAR71070)
- Liquid and Semisolid Dosage Forms - Formulation and process development (PHAR71050)
- Management Tools (PHAR71060)
- Lean Processes (PHAR71080)
- Pharmaceutical packaging (PHAR71100)
- Regulatory Affairs (PHAR71110)
- Pharmaceutical Engineering (PHAR71120)
- Quality Control Laboratory Testing (PHAR70130)
- Safety, Health and Environment (PHAR70140)
- Inhalation Dosage Forms (PHAR70150)
- Product Development Management (PHAR70160)
- Introduction to Clinical Trials (PHAR72010)
- Setting up and running Clinical Trials (PHAR72020)
- Pharmacovigilance (PHAR72070)
- Scientific and Medical Writing (PHAR70710)
- Clinical Trials for the NHS (PHAR72090)
- Introduction to Pharmaceutical Microbiology and Technology (PHAR71300)
- Water Aspects (PHAR71310)
- Microbiological Environmental Monitoring & Control (PHAR71320)
- Sterile Pharmaceutical Manufacturing (PHAR71330)
- Quality Assurance in Microbiology Laboratories (PHAR71340)
- Engineering Principles for Pharmaceutical Microbiologists (PHAR71350)
- Application of Microbiology in Biopharmaceuticals (PHAR71360)
- Antimicrobials (PHAR71370)
Pharmaceutical Business Development and Licensing
- Introduction to the Healthcare Industry (PHAR71400)
- Business Development Operations (PHAR71410)
- Financial Aspects of Business Development and Licensing (PHAR71420)
- Legal Issues in Business Development Contracts (PHAR71430)
- Negotiation and Interpersonal Skills (PHAR71440)
- Marketing and Commercialisation (PHAR71450)
- Intellectual Property Rights (PHAR71460)
- Research and Development and Manufacturing (PHAR71470)
Course unit list
The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
|Quality Control Laboratory Testing (PIAT 13)||PHAR70130||15||Optional|
|Safety, Health and Environment (PIAT 14)||PHAR70140||15||Optional|
|Inhalation Dosage Forms (PIAT 15)||PHAR70150||15||Optional|
|Product Development Management (PIAT 16)||PHAR70160||15||Optional|
|Scientific and Medical Writing||PHAR70710||15||Optional|
|Basic Principles (PIAT 1)||PHAR71010||15||Optional|
|Pre-formulation Studies 1 (PIAT 2)||PHAR71020||15||Optional|
|Solid Oral Dosage Forms (PIAT 4)||PHAR71040||15||Optional|
|Liquid and Semi-Solid Dosage Forms (PIAT 5)||PHAR71050||15||Optional|
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What our students say
Emma Barry (graduated December 2012)
I did not have the appropriate qualifications to join the clinical operations team, so two years ago I started the Manchester programme, hoping to achieve a Certificate in Clinical Trials.
I did not do A-Levels or go to university, so going back to learning has been quite daunting at times and it's certainly been a challenge.
You have to be dedicated, trying to fit in the recommended eight to 10 hours of studying a week on top of a full-time job is difficult, but if you break it down into small sections and do a couple of hours a night, it's achievable.
All my hard work has paid off and I became team clinical trial administrator.
It has been great and I couldn't have done it without completing the modules I chose as part of the Manchester pharmaceutical industry programme.
Joanne Ridgway (graduated December 2012, Distinction Masters in PIAT)
I have learnt a lot and that the knowledge that I have gained has been and will be valuable to my career.
The mixture of assignments and exams I feel is very beneficial as it allows you to research further and ensures you understand the information that you have been supplied and remember it. The questions throughout the modules help you understand the subject.
All of the tutors for the course have been very helpful and have responded quickly to any queries that I have had through the five years.
Since I started PIAT, I have changed job roles from working in inhalation to liquid dosage forms. At the time of looking for new roles, the general perception from potential employers was one of respect for the qualification and it truly helped me secure a new position.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .
You can also take individual units as standalone CPD courses. Please contact us at email@example.com for further details of the units that can be taken.