Pharmaceutical Quality and Regulation PG Dip

London, Bloomsbury

The Pharmaceutical Quality and Regulation PG Diploma combines specialist good manufacturing practices (GMP) and analysis knowledge with an understanding of local and global legislation in order to produce quality professionals who can provide long-term solutions to critical manufacturing defects

UK students International students
Study mode
Flexible
UK tuition fees (2024/25)
£15,200
Programme only available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2024/25)
£29,600
Programme only available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Duration
Not applicable
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2024
Applications accepted
All applicants: 16 Oct 2023 – 28 Jun 2024

Applications closed

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 2

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Equivalent qualifications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

Students will learn how to manufacture and test various pharmaceutical dosage forms, production planning and inventory control, method validation, quality risk management, and regulatory aspects such as the development and assessment of clinical trial dossiers. The programme will expose you to a range of investigational strategies for dealing with critical incidents during the manufacture of pharmaceuticals.

Students can study this course on a full-time or on a flexible basis. If studying full time the course duration is 1 year. Students can study this course over 5 consecutive years.

Who this course is for

Individuals with a background in Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical sciences, Chemistry, quality, dentistry, medicine, regulation and Biology including all biological sciences are eligible to apply. Experience in the manufacture, quality and regulation is desirable but not mandatory.

What this course will give you

The UCL School of Pharmacy hosts several well-established medicine-oriented research centres and is equipped with up-to-date facilities and equipment required for the manufacture and analysis of pharmaceutical products.

Students benefit from hands-on learning within the School of Pharmacy and extensive links to UK pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, phase I clinical research centres, and UK and EU regulatory agencies.

Students will be taught using a range of innovative teaching methodologies such as mind maps, lecture-cast, small group workshops, case studies, practical sessions and peer-group work.

The foundation of your career

Most alumni from the earlier continuing professional development (CPD) course (Q3P) have pursued careers in pharmaceutical quality, auditing, clinical trials and regulatory affairs. A significant number have achieved qualified person (QP) status after successfully passing the external assessment. 

Employability

The course teaches you to be able to apply a range of academic content and principles needed in pharmaceutical manufacture. You will obtain and demonstrate a range of transferable and problem-solving skills allied to the course content, making graduates highly suited to a career in the pharmaceutical industry in areas associated with manufacturing, quality assurance and regulation.

Networking

The course does offer the students opportunities to work with other colleagues from various industries in addition to exposure to senior industry tutors in the areas of ATMP, Radiopharmacy, Biologics and clinical trials. Students are encouraged to attend optional site visits, organised by other students and the industry tutors.

Teaching and learning

The programme will expose you to a range of investigational strategies for dealing with critical incidents during the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, and detailed module contents that will analyse benefits and limitations of each strategy.

You will be taught using a range of innovative teaching methodologies such as mind maps, lectures, small group workshops, case studies, practical sessions and peer-group work. You will use a range of literature-searching tools, as well as undertaking private study.

Students will be taught using innovative teaching methodologies such as mind maps, lecture-cast, small group workshops, case studies, practical sessions and peer-group work. Students will be assessed using case studies, poster presentations, multiple choice questions (MCQ), short answer questions (SAQ) and long answer questions (LAQ).

The course will be delivered by attendance at UCL each month between two to four days (9am to 5pm) depending on the block. 20% of time is spent on lectures, 10% on practicals, and 20% in problem-based learning including E-learning. The remainder of the time is spent on independent study (refer to individual module guides).

A Postgraduate Diploma, 4 compulsory modules (30 credits each), flexible study up to five years, is offered.

Modules

The Pharmaceutical Quality and Regulation PG Diploma combines specialist good manufacturing practices (GMP) and analysis knowledge with an understanding of local and global legislation in order to produce quality professionals who can provide long-term solutions to critical manufacturing defects.

Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Pharmaceutical Quality and Regulation.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory modules

All four modules are compulsory and you must attend all of them and pass an assessment to qualify for the degree.

  • Pharmaceutical Manufacture
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis
  • Quality Assurance
  • Regulatory Affairs

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits. The course could be completed over one calendar year or spread over a maximum of 5 years. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Pharmaceutical Quality and Regulation. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Pharmaceutical Quality and Regulation.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support and Wellbeing team.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2024/25) £15,200
Tuition fees (2024/25) £29,600

Programme only available on a modular (flexible) basis.

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

No additional costs.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

No specific funding available

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Next steps

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

When we assess your application, we would like to learn:

  • Why you want to study Pharmaceutical Quality and Regulation at graduate level
  • Why you want to study Pharmaceutical Quality and Regulation at UCL
  • What particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • How your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • Where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with the essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

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