MSc Pharmaceutical Industrial Advanced Training (PIAT) / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Pharmaceutical Packaging (PIAT 10)

Unit code PHAR71100
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 includes legislation and consumer aspects, the relevant properties of widely used materials, and packaging of sterile products and devices. Storage and transport, testing of packages, product security and the packaging line are also explained. 


This unit deals with the packaging of pharmaceutical products. On completion of this module, you should have a clear picture of:

  • the role of the pharmaceutical packaging technologist;
  • how the major packaging media are used in our industry;
  • the scope of national and international legislation and regulations that influence the selection and use of packaging materials.

Teaching and learning methods

The unit is provided to the student with online support from tutor.


Knowledge and understanding

  • An overview of the pharmaceutical packaging operation, activities and material selection process to deliver medicine to patients in a compliant manner.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • The ability to understand the high level detail of what is required to deliver medicines to patients in a safe and compliant manner, from a packaging perspective. 
  • Knowledge of packaging material selection, equipment required and regulatory requirements.

Assessment methods

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

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
Justin Wiedemann Unit coordinator

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