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Pharmaceutical Industrial Advanced Training (PIAT)

Our course is designed to improve the career prospects of pharmacists working in industry.

Pharmaceutical Industrial Advanced Training (PIAT) Overview

Year of entry: 2017

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Our part-time distance learning Pharmaceutical Industrial Advanced Training (PIAT) course is ideal if you are a scientist or manager working in the fields of product development, manufacturing and quality assurance.

Developed in partnership with the pharmaceutical industry, the course offers both industry-recognised qualifications validated by a leading university and the training required for Qualified Person recognition.

The nature of the course allows you to continue to work while gaining an MSc, PGDip or PGCert.

There are four pathways to choose from depending on your area of expertise and/or interest:

CPD opportunities

Individual units are also available as standalone continuing professional development (CPD) courses. You can view a list of units and details of their content in the Course Details tab. Please contact us for further information on this.

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More information on this course is below, including details of how to apply. If you would like to sign up for advice on the application process or ask a specific question, please fill in our online contact form.


Degree awarded
up to 60 months
Entry requirements
Access to PIAT is open to all. There are no special entry requirements if you want to study individual units as part of your personal development programme.

Our pharmaceutical industry programme is an advanced level programme and some units require advanced level knowledge of physical and organic chemistry, biology and mathematics. All units require some work and experience within the industry.

To study for a Postgraduate Diploma or the MSc degree, you should have a degree level scientific qualification. If you do not already have the required qualifications to study for the Postgraduate Diploma, you can join this programme when you have proved your ability by earning four unit credits.

Full entry requirements

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+44 (0)161 306 0604
How to apply

All applications must be submitted using our online application form . See the Advice to applicants section for details of the supporting documents that we require with your form. 

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

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 programme, we offer a two day Winter School held in London that covers the units within this key programme for BD executives.

Useful links

Below are some links that may be useful if you're thinking about studying PIAT.


Fees for the 2017-18 academic year are:

  • Per unit: £1,750
  • MSc (8 units + dissertation): £17,500
  • PGDip (8 units): £14,000
  • PGCert (4 units): £7,000