MSc Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Assurance / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Pharmaceutical Medical Gas Testing

Course unit fact file
Unit code PHAR61930
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? No


  • Medical gas production and quality control, chemical and physical properties and the safety requirements.
  • Medical gas systems pipe-work and plant structure and basic principles of operation.
  • The permit to work and the role of the QC MGPS.
  • Principles and procedures of MGPS QC testing.
  • Calibration and the use of testing equipment to test medical systems.
  • Problem solving and coping with emergencies.
  • Record keeping, report on the suitability of the system for supplying medical gases and permits to work.
  • National legal requirements and regulations.
  • Advise on the extent of QC testing pertinent to engineering work on a medical gas pipe-line system.


This unit develops the student’s knowledge of medical gas systems including the structure and components of the relevant COSHH and Health and Safety regulations required to practice in this field. 

The unit will provide an in-depth working knowledge of the chemical and physical properties of testing for contaminants in medical gas systems, with particular reference to the role of the Medical Gas expert in patient safety and care.

Teaching and learning methods

  • One-week teaching block including workshops and practicals.The teaching component is provided by Leeds CPD, Faculty of Engineering and is delivered by experts in their field.
  • E-learning: evidence-based learning supported by course notes, audio lectures and discussion boards.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of relevant pharmacopoeial monographs, HTM 02 and permit to work relating to medical gases.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of health and safety relating to medical gases.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of medical gases production and properties, and the application of GMP to medical gas production.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of medical gas testing equipment including the calibration, maintenance and use in patient care.
  • Interpret test results of medical gas systems and take appropriate actions.
  • Critically evaluate working practices and apply national standards.
  • Evaluate and advise on the safe use and management of medical gases and medical gas cylinders.

Intellectual skills

  • Critically appraise installations.
  • Analyse and interpret results.
  • Evaluate findings and make recommendations.

Practical skills

  • Apply advanced skill in analysis of:
  • oxygen
  • water
  • nitrous oxide
  • compressed air and oxygen concentrators
  • contaminants.
  • Identify test requirements for new installations and ofr routine testing.
  • Determine cause/fault in defective systems.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Effective communication with a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Efficient working under pressure.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 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

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 1.5
Lectures 22
Independent study hours
Independent study 126.5

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Ruth Barnes Unit coordinator

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