Information regarding our 2023/24 admissions cycle

Our 2023/24 postgraduate taught admissions cycle will open on Monday, 10 October. For most programmes, the application form will not open until this date.

MSc Pharmaceutical Industry Advanced Training (PIAT) / Overview

Year of entry: 2023

Degree awarded
MSc 60 months PGDip 48 months PGCert 24 months max
Entry requirements

You need to have a degree-level scientific qualification to be registered on the PGDip or MSc in industrial pharmacy or pharmaceutical microbiology.

If you do not already have this qualification, you can join the course on a CPD (continuing professional development) basis in Industrial Pharmaceutical Sciences to start and later transfer to the PGDip or MSc once you have proved your ability by successfully completing four units.

Some of the units require advanced level knowledge of physical and organic chemistry, biology and mathematics. All units require some work and experience within the industry.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Course overview

  • Develop skills in industrial pharmacy from the fundamentals of formulations and applications of different dosage forms to quality control and clinical trials, and/or pharmaceutical microbiology from monitoring and control to water aspects and antimicrobials.
  • Fit study around your other commitments thanks to the part-time distance learning nature of this course.
  • Choose from over 20 study units (with none being compulsory).
  • Gain industry-recognised qualifications from a leading university and training relevant to Qualified Person recognition.
  • Study at a university ranked 5th in the UK and 14th in the world for pharmacy and pharmacology (QS World University Rankings 2022).


Fees for entry in 2023 have not yet been set. For reference, the fees for the academic year beginning September 2022 were as follows:

  • MSc (part-time distance learning)
    UK students (per annum): £1,850 per 15 credit module
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £1,850 per 15 credit module

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).


For the latest scholarship and bursary information please visit the fees and funding page.

Contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
(+44) 0161 543 4699
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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