Taught course

Pharmaceutical Industrial Advanced Training (PIAT)

The University of Manchester · School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Entry requirements

To study for the PGDip or MSc, we require a degree-level scientific qualification.

If you do not already have the required qualifications to study for the PGDip, you can join the course when you have proved your ability by earning four unit credits.

The pharmaceutical industry pathway has some units that require advanced level knowledge of physical and organic chemistry, biology and mathematics. All units require some work and experience within the industry.

Months of entry

January, April, July, October

Course content

Developed in partnership with the pharmaceutical industry, the four pathways of our MSc in Pharmaceutical Industrial Advanced Training (PIAT) are postgraduate-level training programmes designed for scientists and managers working in the pharmaceutical industry and NHS in the fields of product development, manufacturing and quality assurance.


  • Clinical Trials: This is ideal for those wishing to specialise in this key area and is of relevance to those working in the NHS, as well as in industrial settings.
  • Pharmaceutical Microbiology: We work with the Pharmaceutical Microbiology Interest Group (PharMIG) on the content and curriculum of this programme, ensuring that it is recognised as a leader within the field.
  • Pharmaceutical Business Development and Licensing: Our programme is delivered in partnership with the Pharmaceutical Licensing Group, enabling you to learn from leaders in networking and the legal field.
  • Industrial Pharmacy: This programme covers the industrial pharmacist role from formulation through to QA and QC, and also regulatory affairs and lean processes (including Six Sigma).

Many of our units have been developed to support those seeking to build their QP portfolio and our team includes QPs who are willing to support your development through this pathway.

You can also take individual units as standalone CPD courses. Please contact us for further details of the units that can be taken.

We offer a three-day summer school each year to allow you to meet fellow students and your tutors while attending workshops to support your learning and development in the units.

For our Pharmaceutical Business Development and Licensing pathway, we offer a two-day winter school held in London that covers the units within this key course for business development executives.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    60 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    48 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0) 161 306 0604