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Pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences

Pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences CPD courses

We offer a number of postgraduate courses and standalone units for professionals looking to improve their skills and further their careers in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences.

Our CPD courses


  • Advanced Clinical Skills (short course) (30 credits)
    Part-time blended learning (includes both campus-based and distance learning elements)

This short course enables trainee practitioners to independently evaluate and assess patients who present to the emergency department and independently recommend and/or prescribe appropriate medicines for their treatment.

  • Independent Prescribing (short course) (30 credits)
    Part-time blended learning (includes both campus-based and distance learning elements)

This four-month course is aimed at pharmacists, nurses and midwives who wish to take on the role of an independent prescriber in their area of practice. Independent prescribing improves speed and convenience of medicines for patients, generates efficiencies within healthcare teams and offers greater autonomy and job satisfaction to practitioners. It is the next logical step for experienced nurses, midwives and pharmacists working in clinical roles and is an essential skill for most clinical roles.

Selected units from our MSc in Clinical Pharmacy are available as standalone CPD courses that are delivered online:

    • Mental Health (15 credits)
    • Paediatrics (15 credits)
    • Surgery (15 credits)

Pharmaceutical industry

CPD units (visit the Pharmaceutical Industrial Advanced Training MSc page for further details):

Industrial pharmacy

  • Basic Principles: The Physicochemical Principles of Dosage Form Design
  • Pre-formulation Studies 1: Physicochemical Aspects of Drug Substances and Excipients
  • Pre-formulation Studies 2
  • Oral Solid Dosage Forms 1
  • Oral Solid Dosage Forms 2
  • Liquid and Semisolid Dosage Forms: Formulation and Process Development
  • Key Management Tools
  • Lean Processes: Business Improvement, Statistical Science
  • Quality Assurance: Concepts, International Regulatory Requirements and Management
  • Packaging
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Pharmaceutical Engineering
  • Quality Control Laboratory Testing
  • Safety, Health and Environment
  • Inhalation Dosage Forms
  • Product Development Management

Clinical trials

  • Introduction to Clinical Trials
  • Setting Up and Running Clinical Trials
  • Pharmacovigilance
  • Regulatory Issues
  • Scientific and Medical Writing
  • Clinical Trials Phase I to Global
  • Clinical Trials for the NHS

Pharmaceutical business development and licensing

  • Introduction to the Healthcare Industry
  • Business Development Operations
  • Financial Aspects of Business Development and Licensing
  • Legal Issues in Business Development Contracts 
  • Negotiation and Interpersonal Skills 
  • Marketing and Commercialisation 
  • Intellectual Property Rights 
  • Research and Development and Manufacturing

Pharmaceutical microbiology

  • Introduction to Pharmaceutical Microbiology and Technology
  • Water Aspects
  • Microbiological Environmental Monitoring and Control
  • Aspects of Sterilisation
  • Quality Assurance in Microbiology Laboratories
  • Engineering Principles for Pharmaceutical Microbiologists 
  • Application of Microbiology in Biopharmaceuticals 
  • Antimicrobials

External pharmacy CPD courses

Based at The University of Manchester, the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) is funded by Health Education England to provide CPD opportunities for all pharmacists and pharmacy technicians providing NHS services in England.

Postgraduate degrees

We also offer a range of courses for professionals who wish to work towards a full postgraduate award (MSc/PGDip/PGCert), including Model-Based Drug Development (MSc) and courses in:

  • emergency medicine
  • clinical and health services pharmacy
  • pharmaceutical technology and quality assurance.

See a full list of our taught master's courses

"In the time that I have started PIAT, I have changed job roles from working in inhalation to liquid dosage forms. At the time of looking for new roles, the general perception from potential employers was one of respect for the qualification, and it truly helped me secure a new position."

Joanne Ridgway / PIAT MSc graduate