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Pharmaceutical Quality by Design MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert




What will I learn?


Our Leicester School of Pharmacy has an established reputation of more than 100 years of pharmacy teaching. This course is dedicated to applying international regulatory guidelines used by all big pharmaceutical industries to pharmaceutical manufacture and product development.

Our teaching staff are experienced practitioners and researchers, and offer academic and industrial expertise underpinned by Quality by Design principles. You will learn about the challenges faced by the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries in product formulation, material science, advanced analytical sciences, and process engineering and control, as they strive to develop new products and create safe medicines.

Your learning will benefit from our strong industry links, with support from guest lecturers and other experts within the sector. This insight ensures that your studies will be up to date with current practice and developments, preparing you to progress into a wide range of careers, from product development and manufacturing to regulatory affairs, marketing, and clinical research.

Extensive investment in our industry-standard laboratories means that you will have access to specialist equipment throughout your studies. This includes a continuous manufacture platform using a novel in-line based on UV-Vis spectroscopy, powder flow and compression technology, thermal and mechanical analysers, freeze drying and tablet manufacturing facilities.

Teaching and assessment

The learning environment for the first two semesters is varied with lectures, tutorials, seminars, laboratory-based practical’s and computer laboratories. In the third semester the learning venue will depend on your dissertation topic and will be much more aimed at guided self-study.

The course uses a variety of assessment methods relevant to a master’s level of study. The assessments include oral presentations, group work assignments, case study reports, essay writing, a research proposal and a final dissertation.

Graduate careers

This course equips graduates with the relevant knowledge and skills to compete for jobs in pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors linked to industry or academia all over the world. There are career opportunities in areas such as product development, manufacturing, regulatory affairs, marketing and clinical research, and jobs include:

  • Product Lifecycle Manager
  • Oral Solid Dose (OSD) Technologist
  • OSD Industrialisation Lead
  • Production Technologist
  • Senior analyst
  • Regulatory affairs associate performance manager
  • Senior device technologist
  • Product development scientist

Which department am I in?

Leicester School of Pharmacy

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£16,800.00 (US$ 20,266) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2023


Leicester Campus

The Gateway,



LE1 9BH, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students should have a Bachelor’s degree with GPA 2.8 for courses requiring a 2:2 classification, and GPA 3.2 for courses requiring a 2:1 classification. Some courses have additional entry criteria such as a portfolio, work experience or require you to have a degree in a related field. IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

For international students

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. If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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