MSc Pharmaceutical Industry Advanced Training (PIAT) / Application and selection

Year of entry: 2022

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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.

Advice to applicants

All applications must be submitted online.

What do I need to apply?

Please submit the following documents with your online application form:

  • two references on letter headed paper or sent from work emails. We do not contact referees directly;
  • official degree certificates (with translations if not in English) if you have already graduated;
  • official university transcripts (with translations if not in English);
  • a personal statement of approximately 300-500 words about why you wish to take this course, how it will affect your personal and professional development, possible units of interest on the course and your planned approach to making time to study. This statement should refer to your current role;
  • full CV including voluntary experience;
  • proof of English language proficiency (if required).

All international students must upload a scanned copy of their passport.

We prefer you to have one academic and one professional referee. If there are problems in getting an academic reference you can apply with two professional referees. We're unable to send offers until two references have been received.

To be on track to receive any type of award, you must complete a minimum average of two units per year. For the PGCert, four units should be in completed in two years, while the PGDip requires eight units in four years and the MSc eight units in four years, plus an extra year for the dissertation.

When should I apply?

The two intakes are in September and January. All applications must be submitted before 27th August and 10th December, respectively.

When will I hear about my application?

You will receive a letter/email from us, usually within two weeks of submitting your application, which will inform you of the status of your application. If successful, you need to go online to accept the offer.

When can I take my next unit?

You can start mid-September and mid-January. In the first year of study we limit you to one unit per semester, but in subsequent years you may take on up to two units per semester. We have fixed submission deadlines at midday on 10th January for September starts and midday on 9th May for units started in January. You must complete a minimum average of two units each year to stay on track to receive an award.

Do I need a degree?

While most of our students have a first degree in a scientific subject, we know that many people working in the pharmaceutical industry have experience directly relevant to their engagement in postgraduate study. We can accept applications if you have no first degree in a scientific subject, initially on a CPD basis. If you show an ability to study at postgraduate level and wish to continue, we can transfer you to MSc or PGDip after you have successfully completed four units.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

All international students must upload a scanned copy of their passport as part of the application process.


If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful, you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.