MSc Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Assurance / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

Course description

Our MSc in Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Assurance is aimed at pharmacy, health and biomedical professionals working in 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, 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 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 blended learning course combining distance learning with residential modules. Units will include a compulsory taught component delivered online and 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.

There will be a combination of remote study and face-to-face sessions. Dates are yet to be confirmed, but for 2022/23 they were as follows:

Remote study dates for 2022/2023 weres:

  • Foundations of PTQA: 10 October 2022, 17 October 2022, 7 November 2022
  • Radiopharmacy: 23-27 January 2023
  • Aseptics: 20-23 February 2023
  • Production and Quality Control: 20-23 March 2023

Face-to-face study dates for 2022/2023 were:

  • Introduction: 22-23 September 2022
  • Foundations of PTQA: 5-6 December 2022
  • Intro to pharmaceutical science 2: 17-20 April 2023

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

In Year 1 you will take two compulsory course units covering the breadth of Pharmacy Technical Services:

  • Foundations of PTQA (30 credits) Introduction to Pharmaceutical Science 2 (30 credits)
  • Introduction to Radiopharmacy
  • Introduction to Aseptics
  • Introduction to Production and Quality Control

Course content for year 2

In Year 2 you will take two compulsory units:

  • Advanced Pharmaceutical Science 1 (30 credits)
  • Advanced Pharmaceutical Science 2 (30 credits)

You will be able to choose from the following 10 credit optional blocks to build the two 30 credit units:

  • Radiopharmacy
  • Preparation for Practice
  • Medical Gases
  • Clinical Trials
  • Advanced QA
  • Aseptics
  • Role of the Qualified Person
  • Production
  • Quality Control
  • Research Skills

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
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
Clinical Trials for the NHS PHAR72090 15 Optional

What our students say

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

Facilities

Face-to-face teaching will usually be delivered from the Core Technology Facility. There may be some practical sessions taking place on the University campus.

Disability support

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