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MSc Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Assurance

Year of entry: 2021

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Overview

Degree awarded
MSc/PGDip/PGCert
Duration
MSc 3yr PT, PGDip 2 yr PT, PGCert 1 yr PT
Entry requirements

We require an honours degree (minimum Lower Second) or overseas equivalent in:

  • pharmacy
  • a related scientific or healthcare discipline.

We may consider non-graduates with professional experience and academic ability. See the advice to applicants section for more information.

You should have access to appropriate practice and facilities for workplace-based assignments. You must also have evidence of support from your employer to attend the residential teaching component and placements as necessary.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
20 places
How to apply

Please apply via our online application form .

See the Advice to application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require, plus further information if you are a non-graduate.

We recommend 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
MSc N Y N N
PGDip N Y N N
PGCert N Y N N

Course overview

  • Enhance your skills and knowledge if you work in the NHS or private sector technical services as a pharmacy, health or biomedical professional.
  • Learn from experts practicing in the NHS and industry who deliver lectures and workshops as part of the course.
  • Cover topics such as quality assurance, radiopharmacy, aseptics, formulation sciences, quality control, production and clinical trials.
  • Learn when it suits you through the distance learning format of the course and meet staff and fellow students on study days in Manchester.
  • Study at a university ranked 5th in the UK and 14th in the world for Pharmacy and Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings 2021).

Open days

Attending an open day is a great way to find out what studying at Manchester is like. Find out about our upcoming open days .

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2021, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (part-time)
    UK students (per annum): £6,600 years 1 and 2, £3,300 year 3
  • PGDip (part-time)
    UK students (per annum): £6,600 per annum
  • PGCert (part-time)
    UK students (per annum): £6,600

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).

Scholarships/sponsorships

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

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Telephone
(+44) 0161 543 4699
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/pharmacy/
School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require an honours degree (minimum Lower Second) or overseas equivalent in:

  • pharmacy
  • a related scientific or healthcare discipline.

We may consider non-graduates with professional experience and academic ability. See the advice to applicants section for more information.

You should have access to appropriate practice and facilities for workplace-based assignments. You must also have evidence of support from your employer to attend the residential teaching component and placements as necessary.

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system. We ask for English language proof from applicants from countries that are not majority English-speaking countries (a list of majority English-speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • a minimum of IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in writing;
  • TOEFL, a minimum of: 575 paper-based 230 computer-based;
  • Internet-based TOEFL of 90 with a minimum of 22 in each component.

See further information about requirements for your country .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Relevant work experience

You should ideally be working in technical services or QA services within pharmacy departments, but this is not essential.  Students who don't work in these areas will need to have access to this work environment to complete many of the assignments.  Support can be provided in helping secure these placements.

Application and selection

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form .

See the Advice to application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require, plus further information if you are a non-graduate.

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

Advice to applicants

All applicants must provide two satisfactory references on letter headed paper, signed and dated. Professional references can be provided in instances where you have been out of university for more than three years. Unfortunately, we cannot request references from your referees on your behalf.

You must provide a copy of your qualification if you are a graduate.

Non-graduates must submit a two-page document detailing your experience and reasons for applying for this course. Non-graduate candidates will be interviewed.

All applications will be considered by the programme directors.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

Applications from international students will be considered on an individual basis. All international students considering application must upload a scanned copy of their passport as part of the application process.

Course details

Course description

Our MSc in Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Assurance is aimed at pharmacy, health and biomedical professionals working in the technical services for the NHS or private sector organisations who want to update their skills and knowledge while gaining an academic qualification.

This three-year part-time course allows you to choose from a range of optional units to enable you to develop in your chosen field of interest. Some units allow you to learn alongside students from other healthcare disciplines.

Some of the topics covered by the course are radiopharmacy, aseptics, formulation sciences, production and clinical trials.

You will learn from experts from the NHS and industry, who deliver lectures and workshops as part of the course.

You will also be able to apply what you learn in practical workshops and visits to and placements in NHS and industrial environments.

Aims

We aim to provide you with an understanding of core principles and features of clinical pharmaceutical science and professional training.

Successful completion of the course will enable you to:

  • critically apply knowledge of pharmaceutical technology and quality assurance to a range of specialist medicines management areas in pharmaceutical technology and quality assurance;
  • critically analyse evidence to make judgements regarding complex quality assurance issues in pharmaceutical practice;
  • lead on enhancing the achievement of standards and upholding necessary standards and legal requirements in specific areas of practice;
  • apply in-depth knowledge and experience of techniques for evaluating and managing the risk to patients from pharmaceutical technology and quality assurance;
  • take a proactive and self-reflective role in work.

Students who complete the full MSc qualification will achieve the objectives for the PGDip, and will also critically and creatively evaluate current issues in practice and conduct research that advances pharmaceutical technology, quality assurance and decision-making related to patient care.

Teaching and learning

This is a distance learning course with a residential. Units will include a compulsory taught component delivered in Manchester that is supported by extensive experience achieved in the workplace and on visits to specialist facilities.

We use a blend of online and face-to-face methods. This will include small group tutorials, workshops and experience-based learning. You will have a nominated tutor at the University and your practice base to provide guidance on work-based activities and written assignments.

You will engage in work-based learning and demonstrate this to the academic team by producing portfolios of evidence detailing your experiences gained during each visit or placement.

Study dates

  • 21-22 September 2021 - Introductory Days (core, online teaching)
  • 12-14 October 2021 - Foundations of PTQA (core, online teaching)
  • 29-30 November 2021 - Foundations of PTQA (core, on campus)
  • 6-10 December 2021 - Radiopharmacy (option B, location TBC)
  • 17-19 January 2022 - Formulation Science (core, online teaching)
  • 14-16 February 2022 - Production (option A, online teaching)
  • 7-10 March 2022 - Aseptics (core, online teaching)
  • 28 March-1 April 2022 - Formulation/Production/Aseptics (core/optional, on campus)

Replacement of face-to-face sessions with online material, lectures and workshops via video conferencing may occur due to Covid-19. Offer holders will be informed via email.

Coursework and assessment

Each unit has a designated leader who is responsible for individual assessments, under the guidance of the course director. All assessments will be monitored and reviewed by the exam board.

You must satisfy the course requirements in Year 1 before you can proceed to Year 2 of the course.

Course content for year 1

You will take course units covering a wide range of topics within:

  • Foundations of PTQA
  • Radiopharmacy or Production
  • Formulation Sciences
  • Aseptics

Compulsory Components

  • Foundations of PTQA (30 credits)

Optional Components

Introduction to Clinical Pharmaceutical Science 2 (30 credits)

  • Radiopharmacy
  • Formulation sciences
  • Aseptics

Introduction to Clinical Pharmaceutical Science 3 (30 credits)

  • Production
  • Formulation sciences
  • Aseptics

Course content for year 2

You will complete course units from a selection covering:

Compulsory units

  • Quality control (15 credits)
  • Aseptics advanced (15 credits)

Optional units (choose 2)

  • Medical gases (15 credits)
  • Clinical trials for the NHS (15 credits)
  • Radiopharmacy advanced (15 credits)
  • Pharmaceutical risk management and the role of the QP (15 credits)

Also choose from selected units delivered on the MSc Pharmaceutical Industrial Advanced Training (PIAT)

Course content for year 3

You will complete your research dissertation.

Course unit details

There is flexibility through the range of optional units to allow you to develop in your chosen specialist field.  Some units also provide the opportunity to learn alongside students from other healthcare disciplines.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Foundations of Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Assurance PHAR61780 30 Mandatory
Research Project PHAR61810 60 Mandatory
Quality Control PHAR61900 15 Mandatory
Aseptics Advanced PHAR61910 15 Mandatory
Introduction to Clinical Pharmaceutical Science 2A PHAR61790 30 Optional
Introduction to Clinical Pharmaceutical Science 2B PHAR61800 30 Optional
Pharmaceutical Risk Mgmt and the role of the Qualified Person PHAR61920 15 Optional
Pharmaceutical Medical Gas Testing PHAR61930 15 Optional
Radiopharmacy Advanced PHAR61940 15 Optional
Regulatory Affairs (PIAT 11) PHAR71110 15 Optional
Clinical Trials for the NHS PHAR72090 15 Optional
Introduction to Clinical Pharmaceutical Science 2A PHAR61790 30 Recommended
Displaying 10 of 12 course units

What our students say

Visit the blog to read about recent graduate Stephen Bishop's experience on the course.

Facilities

The teaching blocks will be held in suitable conference facilities, details of which will be provided prior to each teaching block.  There will be some practical sessions taking place on the University campus.

The usual face-to-face teaching blocks may be delivered online due to Covid-19  Offer holders will be informed via email.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .

Careers

Career opportunities

Completing this course will help you develop your chosen career path within the pharmacy profession by gaining advanced clinical knowledge, problem solving skills and a critical awareness of the role of pharmaceutical services within the workplace.