Quality by Design for the Pharmaceutical Industry MSc

De Montfort University
2-6 years
Part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Quality by Design for the Pharmaceutical Industry MSc

About this program

Quality by Design for the Pharmaceutical Industry MSc

Designed to meet the professional development needs of pharmaceutical and allied practitioners worldwide, this course provides the tools and techniques needed to implement a Quality by Design approach within your own organisation. This course is delivered entirely through flexible distance learning, allowing you to study alongside your career.

On this program you will benefit from our strong industry links with leading industrial and regulatory experts such as Pfizer, AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. Insight and support from guest lectures and other experts within the sector mean that your studies are up to date with current practice and developments within the field.

Our program and module leaders are all registered pharmacists who bring a wealth of experience of working in hospitals, the community, primary care and pharmacy practice to the course. With a variety of core and optional modules available, along with flexible exit routes, you can tailor your studies to your career and interests.

Admission requirements

  • A good honours degree (minimum 2:2 or equivalent) in a chemical, biological or physical science, including (though not exclusive to) chemistry, biology, chemical engineering, engineering, pharmacy, pharmaceutical science, or physics (or equivalent)
  • Alternatively, we will accept a portfolio of professional and/ or academic qualifications of equivalent standing to an honours degree
  • Students should ideally be employed within the pharmaceutical or health sectors

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

  • Regulatory Guidelines, Principles and Tools of Quality by Design
  • The QbD Product Development Roadmap
  • Quality by Design in Practice
  • Manufacturing, Process Controls and Inspection
  • Negotiated Studies
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


2021/22 tuition fees

  • UK/EU students: £1,150 for 15 credits, £1,575 for 30 credits and £2,250 for dissertation
  • International students: £1,150 for 15 credits, £1,575 for 30 credits and £2,250 for dissertation

Career paths

This course equips graduates with the relevant knowledge and skills to compete for global jobs in the pharmaceutical, healthcare sectors and academia. Career opportunities exist in product development, manufacturing, regulatory affairs, marketing and clinical research.

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De Montfort University

De Montfort University (DMU) in England welcome hundreds of European students every year for one of our 300 courses at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate level. We have approx. 25,000 students studying in our 4 faculties; Business & Law; Health &...

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Why study at De Montfort University

  • Ranked 20th for Graduate Prospects (The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020)
  • In the top 10% of institutions overall recognised by the Times Higher Education’s Impact Rankings 2020
  • TEF Gold Award in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework – the only government-endorsed measure of teaching quality in higher education.
  • Campus of the Future - DMU has invested £136m in transforming its campus, creating new green space in Leicester and using renewable energy technology. Four of the largest campus buildings generate renewable energy via more than 1,110 solar panels, and a wood biomass boiler cuts out the need to burn fossil fuels.
  • 2030 Climate Action - More than 100 students and staff have taken part in carbon literacy training to understand how choices like transport, clothes, overseas travel and food impact the planet. DMU and the University of Leicester have teamed up with Leicester City Council to deliver the training in city schools. DMU has halved its carbon dioxide emissions since 2005.

Contact info

De Montfort University

The Gateway
LE1 9BH Leicester
United Kingdom

Phone no: +44(0)116 2 50 60 70

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