Taught course

Pharmaceutical Technology and Quality Assurance

The University of Manchester · School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Entry requirements

We require an honours degree (minimum Lower Second) or equivalent in pharmacy or a related scientific or healthcare discipline. We may consider non-graduates with professional experience and academic ability. See the Advice to applicants section for more information.

You should have access to appropriate practice and facilities for workplace-based assignments. You must also have evidence of support from your employer to attend the residential teaching component and placements as necessary.

You should ideally be working in technical services or QA services within pharmacy departments, but this is not essential as students who don't work in these areas will have access to this work environment to complete many of the assignments.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English require one of the following:

  • a minimum of IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in writing;
  • TOEFL, a minimum of: 575 paper-based 230 computer-based;
  • Internet-based TOEFL of 90 with a minimum of 22 in each component.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months


part time
24 months


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0) 161 275 1798