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

Covid-19 programme updates

Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2020

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

All applicants
Open: 1 November 2019
Close: 11 August 2020
Due to the large number of applications received, this programme is no longer accepting applications for 2020/21 entry. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Applications for 2021/22 entry will open later in the year.

Tuition fees (2020/21)

£11,170 (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.

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

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

Covid-19 module updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be updates to the modules for your chosen programme of study this year. Some modules may not be available or may need to be moved to a later term or year of study. These updates are relevant for 2020-21 academic year only.  The full list of modules will be available in the module catalogue from late August.  From the first week of September, you will be invited to complete module selection from Portico, our student record system. There may need to be additional updates or changes to modules during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available.

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 assesesd 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) depedning on block. 20% of time spent on lectures. 10% on practicals, and 20% in problem bsaed learning including E-learning. Remainder of the time is spent on independent study (refer to individual module guides). 

Covid-19 contact hours on campus
In Term One, while campus will be open, all the learning activity for the core content of your modules will take place online – including lectures, tutorials, seminars and assessments. By “core content” we mean everything you need to learn to complete the module successfully. In addition to these online contact hours, we will be offering some face-to-face educational activities for students on campus, and we will provide alternative online activities for those students unable to join us on campus. These activities, which will include contact with academic staff, will be relevant to your programme of study may include seminars, academic and employability skills workshops, small-group or individual tutorials, lab and practice-based teaching. UK Government safety guidelines will limit the amount of ‘in person’ activity we can offer and while it will vary from programme to programme, is likely to be no more than 1-2 hours per week. This will vary across departments, particularly if your programme includes laboratory/practical/studio/workshop sessions. You will be updated with more specific details as they are available and your timetable will indicate which sessions will be on campus and which will be available online.
Covid-19 practical component updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be changes to the availability of the practical components for your chosen programme. Any updates relate only to the 20/21 academic year and may not apply to all students across the programme depending on your year of study.  Your department will keep you updated if the practical component of your programme is able to occur and/or any alternative options available.   There may need to be additional updates or changes to the practical component during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and/or Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available. 
Covid-19 assessment updates
There may be changes to the format of assessments for modules in this programme due to COVID-19. These will be summarised for each module on the module catalogue from 17 August 2020.   If any changes to assessments need to be made during the academic year due to updates in government guidance, these will be communicated to you as soon as possible from your department.    
Communicating further Covid-19 mitigation plans
We are continuing to follow UK Government guidance, as well as the expertise of our researchers, including specialists in health, education, human behaviour and infection prevention, to make sure UCL is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. If it becomes necessary to make further changes to your programme as a result of new guidance/regulations, UCL and your department will communicate these as soon as this becomes clear. We will keep you up-to-date with our plans throughout term one, so you have the information you need to be able to take decisions that are right for your circumstances. Please ensure that you keep in touch with your department by regularly checking your UCL emails, Moodle courses, the Coronavirus FAQs for Students page and any UCL online groups or social media you follow.

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. 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.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

A minimum of 2.2 for a Bachelor’s degree, including but not limited to: Medicine, Pharmacy (BPharm or MPharm), Pharmaceutical sciences, Chemistry, pharmaceutical quality, pharmceutical regulation and Biology (including all biological sciences). 

Application deadlines

All applicants
11 August 2020

Application deadline is 31st August. Any late applications will only be considered after all those received by the closing date

For more information see our Applications page.

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