Taught course

Pharmaceutical Industry Advanced Training (PIAT)

The University of Manchester · School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Entry requirements

Employment in the pharmaceutical industry is strongly recommended for candidates to enrol on the course.

No first degree is required, and candidates can enrol on a CPD basis. Upon successful completion of four taught units, students may transfer to registration on a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc. Indeed, candidates may enrol on these bases at the outset if they hold a degree-level scientific qualification.

The industry pharmacy 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, September

Course content

Developed in partnership with the pharmaceutical industry, the pathways of our MSc in Pharmaceutical Industry Advanced Training (PIAT) are postgraduate-level training programmes designed for part-time, distance-learning study by scientists and managers working in the pharmaceutical industry and the NHS in the fields of product development, formulations, regulatory affairs, microbiology, manufacturing and quality assurance. The pathways are:

  • Industrial Pharmacy: This course covers the industrial pharmacist role from formulation through to QA and QC, and also regulatory affairs, product development and lean processes (including Six Sigma).
  • 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.

With more than 20 taught units on offer, delivered by our tutors who are mainly leading experts in the industry, you can take one or two of them individually as standalone CPD or build their successful completion into a formal qualification from a leading University.

A free choice of up to any eight taught units can be taken for Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma qualifications. To complete the MSc after successful completion of eight taught units, a research project is then performed with the support of an academic supervisor.

Many of our units have been developed to support those seeking to build their QP portfolio.

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