MSc Pharmaceutical Industrial Advanced Training (PIAT) / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Liquid and Semi-Solid Dosage Forms (PIAT 5)

Unit code PHAR71050
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


Topics covered in this module include an introduction to liquids & semi-solids, solutions and their properties, colloidal and suspension systems, flavours, colours and perfumes, ointments and creams, suppositories, preservatives, and product testing. 


The unit aims to:

- Provide the student with a good foundation of the formulation development for a wide variety of liquid and semi-solid pharmaceutical forms.

- Differentiate between the different pharmaceutical forms and provide an understanding of the benefits/uses of each and why different pharmaceutical forms are selected for different conditions.

- Help the student understand some of the manufacturing/testing challenges in delivering these types of products and how they can be overcome.


Teaching and learning methods

This module is delivered entirely through distance learning using email/phone to contact the tutor as required.

A printed manual consisting of nine chapters is issued to the student on registration and receipt of payment.

Each chapter is designed to contain ten hours of assessed learning.

Additional learning activities are directed which, together with the assessment, require 50 hours of self-directed learning and assessment.

There is the opportunity to attend the PIAT Summer School where the student has the opportunity to attend a session on the module and question the tutor.


Knowledge and understanding

Self-directed learning


Practical skills

Reflective diary

Peer review

Self-directed learning


Transferable skills and personal qualities

Group work

Work based research/learning

Self-directed research/learning


Knowledge and understanding

Students should be able to: 

Have a thorough understanding of a wide range of liquids and semi-solid product development, formulation and manufacturing which the student can build upon with further research into the subject matter.

Practical skills

Students should be able to: 

Be able to understand the key formulation requirements when discussing or evaluating manufacturing issues in the workplace.

Be able to take part in product development activities from a position of understanding.

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 sent within 15 workings days



2 hours

Marks sent after exam board



Study hours

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

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Michael Mather Unit coordinator

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