MSc Pharmaceutical Industry Advanced Training (PIAT) / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

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Course unit details:
Product Development Management (PIAT 16)

Unit code PHAR70160
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 compound selection, market research, intellectual property, regulatory affairs, chemical, analytical and formulation development, pharmacology, toxicology, clinical trials, packaging, QA, product and marketing development, product launch, information technology, and management of project and portfolio of projects. 


The unit aims to convey to students how all of the different functional aspects of drug development combine and are integrated within a (global) product team. The team manager has the responsibility to manage, timeline, cost and risk.  Many students are from one specialist background and it is valuable to understand the overall process, as few people have the chance to take a drug from bench to bedside.


Teaching and learning methods

Students are provided with the learning material in soft copy form. The learning material comprises 30 chapters covering all the key areas of product development. Each chapter contains a number of exercises for students to check their learning as they progress through the unit. A reference list of further reading is provided at the end of chapters, allowing the student to investigate the subject area more deeply, and the unit tutor is available to answer queries and provide guidance as required. The face-to-face workshop at the annual workshop event explores key areas of the unit through a range of hands-on exercises and practical demonstrations.


Knowledge and understanding

Students will be able to:

•    Develop their understanding of the many detailed terminologies relating to drug discovery and development 
•    Gain familiarity with the principles in developing either a novel or best in class new drug.

Intellectual skills

Students will be able to: 

  • Understand the regulatory framework that envelops development and manufacturing, and sales of drugs. 
  • Understand concepts regarding uncertainty, and weighing of evidence
  • Understand key factors in the variability of drug handling between patients    

Practical skills

Students will be able to:

•    Develop and understand the practical skills for participation in a product development team
•    Demonstrate problem solving, risk assessment, use of decision trees, and an understanding of the personal skills required of team members

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Students will be able to develop skills in:

•    Planning
•    Risk management
•    Project management
•    Clear writing skills
•    Attention to detail

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 100%

Feedback methods

Feedback returned by email within 15 working days.

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 150

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Keith Williams Unit coordinator

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