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The award
MSc

How long you will study
21 months

Domestic course fees
GBP 5300 per year

How you will study
part-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 9100 per year

All study options

About Pharmaceutical Quality & Good Manufacturing Practice at Faculty of Science, University of Strathclyde

Why this course?

This 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

The course is provided in a unique collaboration between:

  • Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences (SIPBS)
  • NSF Health Sciences (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.

You'll study

You're required to complete six of the NSF-DBA modules for consideration for the Postgraduate Certificate. For the Postgraduate Diploma you need to complete twelve 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.

Curriculum

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.

Facilities

The Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences (SIPBS) offers an excellent environment for research and teaching. It's located in a new building with several laboratories. All are fitted with modern equipment.

Teaching staff

Lecturers include:

  • NSF-DBA staff
  • personnel from the regulatory authorities and the pharmaceutical industry
  • University of Strathclyde staff with expertise in pharmaceutical quality

Key facts

  • Study mode and duration:
    21 months, part-time
  • Start date: September

Study options for this course

Notes about fees for this course

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

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

Scotland/EU

  • 2017/18 - MSc £5,300
  • 2017/18 - PgDip £2,100
  • 2017/18 - PgCert £1,100

Rest of UK

  • 2017/18 - MSc £5,300
  • 2017/18 - PgDip £2,100
  • 2017/18 - PgCert £1,100

International

  • 2017/18 - MSc £9,100
  • 2017/18 - PgDip £3,700
  • 2017/18 - PgCert £1,800

How can I fund my course?

A number of scholarships are available for outstanding UK, EU and international applicants. For details, please visit our scholarship search.

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students starting in 2017 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.

Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England can 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.

Students coming from Wales

Postgraduate students starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Wales can apply for 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. We are waiting on further information being released about this support and how to apply.

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

Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland can apply for support from Student Finance NI. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. We are waiting on further information being released about this support and how to apply.

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

International students

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

Please note

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

Entry requirements

Entry 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.

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