MSc Pharmaceutical Industry Advanced Training (PIAT) / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

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Course unit details:
Safety, Health and Environment (PIAT 14)

Unit code PHAR70140
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 covers the relevant laws, general safety management, hazard and risk, safe systems at work, engineering and loss prevention, health at work, control of the working environment, human factors, environmental protection and audit and reviewing performance. 


  • Give the student a good understanding of the management of health, safety and environmental protection in the pharmaceutical industry.


Teaching and learning methods

Distance learning (with available tutor contact throughout) - supported by Summer School workshop.


Knowledge and understanding

  • Understand the basic principles of managing health, safety and environmental protection (covering the 11 elements mentioned in the description above).
  • Understand the main health, safety and environmental protection issues relevant to the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Understand the framework of legislation in which we have to operate (based on UK legislation).

Intellectual skills

  • Process and benefit from a higher level distance learning qualification (and produce good quality assignments).

Practical skills

Information can be practically applied back in student's workplace, helping them to make a positive contribution to their company's health and safety performance.

Practical exercises are real-world and assist in this.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Transferable skills/information include:

  • management systems;
  • principles of risk assessment;
  • benefits of good employee morale;
  • importance of employee involvement;
  • process of audit and review.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 100%

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

Independent study hours
Independent study 150

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Paul Cotterell Unit coordinator

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