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
Modes and duration
The students are recommended to complete the course over a calendar year however it could be spread over five years in exceptional cases.
Tuition fees (2021/22)
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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.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
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Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
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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 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 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.
A Postgraduate Diploma, 4 compulsory modules (30 credits each), flexible study up to five years, is offered.
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.
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.
All four modules are compulsory and you must attend all of them and pass assessment to qualify for the degree.
- Pharmaceutical Manufacture
- Pharmaceutical Analysis
- Quality Assurance
- Regulatory Affairs
Each module is divided into three blocks (refer to course overview guide).
Teaching and learning
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 2 to 4 days (9am to 5pm) depending on block. 20% of time spent on lectures. 10% on practicals, and 20% in problem-based learning including E-learning. Remainder of the time is spent on independent study (refer to individual module guides).
For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.
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.
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.
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.
Why study this degree at UCL?
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.
Department: School of Pharmacy
Application and 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.
This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.
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: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
- Visa nationals
- 31 May 2021
- Non-visa nationals
- 30 July 2021
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
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.
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