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MSc/PgDip/PgCert Pharmaceutical Quality & Good Manufacturing Practice

Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Study mode and duration: 21 months part-time
  • Modular & distance learning course

  • 2nd in the UK Pharmacology & Pharmacy (Complete University Guide 2022)

Study with us

  • the postgraduate qualifications in Pharmaceutical Quality & Good Manufacturing Practice are only available to individuals who are already enrolled in the NSF-Health Sciences Qualified Person Training Programme. They provide a route to an academic qualification for individuals who are already seeking Qualified Person status.
  • the NSF-Health Sciences Qualified Person Training Programme is a part-time modular course. It enables suitably-qualified pharmaceutical industry employees to acquire the necessary knowledge they need to submit themselves for nomination as a Qualified Person (QP)
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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.

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.

Pharmacist looking at drugs on a shelf

THE Awards 2019: UK University of the Year Winner

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 all 12 modules. Each of the 12 modules is delivered annually as a three to five-day residential or online course. Participants usually complete the 12 modules within a two-year period.

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

Learning & teaching

Each module consists of:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • 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. Each module is assessed via a short examination or a short dissertation/essay.

In addition, you're required to build a reflective portfolio demonstrating the value of their module-by-module learning to becoming a Qualified Person.

MSc students write and submit a thesis for examination based on their research project.

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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.

Each NSF module within the Qualified Person Training Programme maps onto one of twelve 10-credit modules within the University’s postgraduate qualifications as follows:

  • Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients
  • Analysis & Testing
  • Formulation & Processing
  • Investigational Medicinal Products
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Medicinal Chemistry & Therapeutics
  • Pharmaceutical Law & Administration
  • Pharmaceutical Microbiology
  • Pharmaceutical Packaging
  • Pharmaceutical Quality Systems
  • Practical Skills for PQGMP
  • Role & Professional Duties of the QP
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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 Health Sciences Ltd.

The Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education 2019 and 2021.
The Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education 2019 and 2021.
The Times / The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021. University of the Year shortlisted.
The Times / The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021. University of the Year shortlisted.
The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 - Scottish University of the Year.
The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 - Scottish University of the Year.
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Fees & funding

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

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Scotland

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England, Wales & Northern Ireland

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International

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Available scholarships

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Visa & immigration

International students may have associated visa and immigration costs. Please see student visa guidance for more information.

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

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The postgraduate qualifications in Pharmaceutical Quality & Good Manufacturing Practice are only available to individuals who are already enrolled in the NSF-Health Sciences Qualified Person Training Programme. If you are not enrolled then please do not apply.

Please note there is no deadline for submitting applications.

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Telephone: +44 (0)141 574 5147

Email: science-masters@strath.ac.uk