MSc/PgDip/PgCert Pharmaceutical Quality & Good Manufacturing Practice

Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Study mode and duration: 21 months part-time
  • Ranked: 1st in the UK Pharmacology & Pharmacy by Complete University Guide 2020

Study with us

  • part-time course enables suitably-qualified pharmaceutical industry employees to acquire the necessary knowledge base to submit themselves for nomination as a Qualified Person (QP)
  • develop relevant academic knowledge and skills at postgraduate level
  • develop research and investigative skills in the area of pharmaceutical quality and good manufacturing practice
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Why this course?

The course is provided in a unique collaboration between the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences (SIPBS) and NSF International (formerly known as NSF-DBA and David Begg Associates (DBA)).

NSF-Health Sciences are leading experts in the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries offering training, consultancy and auditing services.

Facilities

SIPBS is recognised as one of the foremost departments of its kind in the UK. It's a leading research centre in the search for new and improved medicines. You'll benefit from the advanced facilities of a state-of-the-art £36 million building.

Teaching staff

Lecturers include NSF staff, personnel from the regulatory authorities and the pharmaceutical industry, and University of Strathclyde staff with expertise in pharmaceutical quality.

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Course content

The course is based on the syllabus in the European-approved 'Qualified Person' (QP) study guide as used in the pharmaceutical industry.

The course content includes all the diverse elements required to ensure that each batch of a medicinal product meets the quality requirements of the relevant product and manufacturer's licences. This includes:

  • an understanding of the pharmacology and chemistry of the product's active and other ingredients
  • a knowledge of how the product was manufactured
  • how the product delivers the drug in the patient's body
  • how the patient's body is expected to handle the drug by way of excretion and metabolism

You’re also made aware of the statutory framework which is applied in the control of the manufacture and distribution of medicinal products.

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What you’ll study

You’re required to complete six of the NSF modules for the Postgraduate Certificate. For the Postgraduate Diploma you need to complete 12 modules.

Modules run over a 21-month period as a series of 13 one-week residential courses. You complete additional study before sitting examinations for the award of the Certificate or Diploma.

The Diploma can be converted to the MSc by completion of a research project which is normally undertaken at your workplace.

The course is by part-time study only.

Learning & teaching

Each module consists of:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • laboratories
  • discussion groups
  • relevant visits

The cohesion of the student group rapidly develops as all participants are generally working in some aspect of quality assurance in the pharmaceutical industry. As such, the informal aspects of each module can become an important part of the knowledge-gathering process.

Assessment

Modules are assessed individually. You’ll sit formal examinations. MSc students write and submit for examination a thesis based on their research project.

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

You should hold a relevant degree in a pharmaceutical, biological or chemical discipline, or equivalent.

You’re required to have attended and completed the required number of Qualified Person (QP) or QLP modules with NSF-DBA Ltd.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course held at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

Upon successful completion, you will be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 100 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.

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Fees & funding

2020/21

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

MSc: £6,250
PgDip: £2,500
PgCert: £1,250

Rest of UK

MSc: £6,250
PgDip: £2,500
PgCert: £1,250

International

MSc: £10,750
PgDip: £4,300
PgCert: £2,150

Available scholarships

Take a look at our scholarships search for funding opportunities.

Please note: The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

How can I fund my course?

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Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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International students

We've a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

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Pharmaceutical Quality and Good Manufacturing Practice

Qualification: MSc
Start Date: Sep 2020
Mode of Delivery: part-time

Pharmaceutical Quality and Good Manufacturing Practice

Qualification: PG Diploma
Start Date: Sep 2020
Mode of Delivery: part-time

Pharmaceutical Quality and Good Manufacturing Practice

Qualification: PG Certificate
Start Date: Sep 2020
Mode of Delivery: part-time

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Telephone: +44 (0)141 548 3623

Email: science-masters@strath.ac.uk