MSc Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Assurance / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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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.
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
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.
- 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
- Foundations of PTQA (30 credits)
Introduction to Clinical Pharmaceutical Science 2 (30 credits)
- Formulation sciences
Introduction to Clinical Pharmaceutical Science 3 (30 credits)
- Formulation sciences
Course content for year 2
You will complete course units from a selection covering:
- 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.
|Foundations of Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Assurance||PHAR61780||30||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|
|Regulatory Affairs (PIAT 11)||PHAR71110||15||Optional|
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What our students say
Visit the blog to read about recent graduate Stephen Bishop's experience on the course.
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.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .