UCL Graduate degrees


Pharmaceutical Quality and Regulation PG Dip

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

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Flexible: 1-5 years

The students are recommended to complete the course over a calendar year however it could be spread over five years in exceptional cases.

Application dates

Visa nationals
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 31 May 2021
Non-visa nationals
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 30 July 2021
Applications may close earlier if all places on the programme are filled.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£12,530 (FT)

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.
Location: London, Bloomsbury

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.

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

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

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. International Preparation Courses

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

International students

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.

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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.

Compulsory modules

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). 

Optional modules

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). 

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.


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 & Wellbeing team.


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.

Application deadlines

Visa nationals
31 May 2021
Non-visa nationals
30 July 2021

For more information see our Applications page.

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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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