MSc Pharmaceutical Industrial Advanced Training (PIAT) / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Solid Oral Dosage Forms (PIAT 4)

Unit code PHAR71040
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 begins with an introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the gastro-intestinal tract as it relates to oral absorption of drugs. It then covers powder technology, followed by the important processes used in the manufacture of tablets and powder-filled capsules, including granulation methods, blending, tablet compression, powder encapsulation and coating.

There is also a section on excipients used in immediate release oral solid dosage forms. In addition, there are sections on setting specifications for the testing of immediate release solid oral dosage forms, and on packaging and stability. 


The unit aims to introduce students to:

  • the physiology of the gastro intestinal tract relevant to oral administration of medicines;
  • the properties of powders and their behaviour during consolidation and compression;
  • the unit processes used in the manufacture of oral solid dosage forms;
  • setting specifications for and testing of immediate release oral solid dosage forms;
  • aspects of packaging and stability testing as they relate to oral solid dosage forms.

Teaching and learning methods

Use of a work book with exercises to work through to help students evaluate how well they understand the different topics in the units

Tutor support is also available to the students via email or telephone.


Knowledge and understanding

  • Understand how tablets and capsules are made and the unit processes used to manufacture them.
  • Understand the common problems encountered during manufacture and be able to suggest ways to remedy them.
  • Understand the testing of oral solid dosage forms, setting specifications and stability and packaging.

Intellectual skills

  • Be able to advise on the design and development of oral solid dosage forms, together with approaches to solving the more common problems that can occur during their manufacture.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 70%
Written assignment (inc essay) 30%

Assessment task


How and when feedback is provided

Weighting within unit (if relevant)



3000 words

Marks and feedback emailed within 15 working days



2 hours

Marks sent after exam board



Feedback methods

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

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

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 2
Independent study hours
Independent study 148

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Matthew Shaw Unit coordinator

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