MSc Pharmaceutical Industrial Advanced Training (PIAT) / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Scientific and Medical Writing

Unit code PHAR70710
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Variable teaching patterns
Offered by Pharmacy
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit covers the development of scientific publications, including how to identify and assimilate source data, the approach to writing and reviewing scientific publications and the overall publication process including submission and post- submission. Participants will develop a range of publication types including abstracts, posters and manuscripts, based on a clinical trial report. The preparation of standard operating procedures relating to scientific publications will be covered. 


The unit aims to:

  • introduce the student to and develop skills in medical writing by producing a range of scientific and clinical documents and publications.


Teaching and learning methods

The unit comprises a series of practical tasks, which build on each other in terms of complexity and length. It is anticipated that students study each chapter of the module and sequentially undertake each task. Each output should be returned to the course tutor for ongoing feedback, which will improve the quality of subsequent tasks.


Knowledge and understanding

  • Know how to approach different writing types.
  • Understand how writing approach depends on the target audience and document type.

Intellectual skills

  • Assimilate and interpret relevant scientific data.

Practical skills

  • Undertake literature searches.
  • Create well-formatted documents.
  • Deliver different writing types and skills.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Improve your written communication.
  • Summarise relevant scientific studies.
  • Plan how to approach writing from concept to delivery.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 100%

Assessment task


How and when feedback is provided

Weighting within unit (if relevant)


Reading and understanding

Ongoing practical assignments

Not specified

Mainly 2-3 hours; maximum 1 day


Feedback provided on an individual basis if the assignments are returned



2 x end of module assignments

5 days (max)

3 days (max)

Feedback returned by email within 15 working days



Feedback methods

Provisional marks and feedback for coursework returned within 15 working days.

Exam marks and final marks returned after ratification at exam board. 

Recommended reading

Relevant web-pages are indicated throughout the module; there is no specific pre-reading.

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 150

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Julia Donnelly Unit coordinator

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