MSc Pharmaceutical Industrial Advanced Training (PIAT) / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Quality Assurance in Microbiology Laboratories (PMAT 5)

Unit code PHAR71340
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


Principles, concepts and references used in the QA, QC, GMP and GLP of the microbiology laboratory will be covered in more detail here. The laboratory facility, equipment and consumables used along with the validation of processes, equipment and methods will also be covered.

There will also be a more detailed look at quality audits and training issues, together with the documentation control required. The management of microbiology laboratory customers will be explained. 


The unit aims to:

  • provide a good understanding of GMP required for a pharmaceutical microbiology laboratory;
  • give a good overview of the main principles of GMP and the differences between QA and QC;
  • provide a good understanding of the application of aspects of quality management systems that are applicable to the microbiology laboratory, for example validation, training and documentation standards.


Teaching and learning methods

  • Distance learning with online tutor support.
  • Summer school face-to-face support once per year.


Knowledge and understanding

  • Basic knowledge and understanding of the principles and history of GMP for microbiology labs.

Intellectual skills

  • Application of the principles to real life situations that occur in the microbiology laboratory.

Practical skills

  • Apply learning and knowledge back in the workplace.

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

Via tutor




Via University



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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