Taught course

Pharmaceutical Industrial Advanced Training (PIAT)

The University of Manchester · School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Entry requirements

To study for a PGDip or MSc, you should have 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 4 unit credits.

There are no special entry requirements if you want to study individual units.

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.

You will require regular access to a modern personal computer (Windows or Mac) with a stable internet connection. You should be confident in using the internet for web browsing and sending emails, and also using word processing software, such as Microsoft Word.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

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 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 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.

Information for international students

Most international students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system. We ask for English language proof from applicants from non-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:

  • IELTS - minimum 6.5 overall with 6.0 in writing
  • TOEFL: 90 internet-based (with 22 in each component)

In certain situations regarding international students, we may require you to take the IELTS or TOEFL as further evidence.

Fees and funding

UK students
£1,750 per 15 credit module, dissertation £3,500
International students
£1,750 per 15 credit module, dissertation £3,500

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36-60 months


distance learning
36-60 months

Course contact details

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