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Quality by Design for the Pharmaceutical Industry

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24 months
4487 GBP/year
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The Quality by Design for the Pharmaceutical Industry course from De Montfort University is at the very heart of leading edge pharmaceutical development, with QbD-based regulatory submissions continuing to rise and principles being embedded in development processes across the pharmaceutical industry.

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The  Quality by Design for the Pharmaceutical Industry course from De Montfort University  will significantly help the scientists of today and tomorrow build their capabilities in delivering high quality innovative medicines for patients; potentially leading to careers in leading companies such as AstraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline.

Reasons to study Quality by Design for the Pharmaceutical Industry at DMU:

  • Designed to meet the continuing professional development (CPD) needs of pharmaceutical and allied practitioners worldwide, it provides the tools and techniques needed to implement a QbD approach within your own organisation
  • Study a range of specialist modules through flexible distance learning, with opportunities to undertake stand-alone modules leading to a named CPD award
  • Our strong links, direct input and guest lectures from by leading industrial and regulatory experts such as Pfizer, AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline and the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency ensure your learning is relevant to current practice and developments within the sector
  • Our experienced practitioner- and research-based academic staff have recently received grant-funded collaborative research and development to improve industrial process quality and efficiency, with Innovate UK (formerly TSB) and the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC)
  • Become a graduate of the highest calibre - we have an established reputation of more than 100 years in pharmacy teaching
  • Course content informs part of a major initiative, being driven and supported by US, EU and Japanese regulatory authorities, and defined within the Q8, Q9 and Q10 Guidelines from the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH)

Graduate careers

This course equips graduates with the relevant knowledge and skills to compete for global jobs in the pharmaceutical, healthcare sectors and academia. Career opportunities exist in product development, manufacturing, regulatory affairs, marketing and clinical research.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Regulatory Guidelines, Principles and Tools of Quality by Design
  • The QbD Product Development Roadmap
  • Quality by Design in Practice
  • Manufacturing, Process Controls and Inspection
  • Negotiated Studies 
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class (required)
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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
  • Students should ideally be employed within the pharmaceutical or health sectors

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA

    4487 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8975 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.

Part-time tuition fees will be £1,100 for 15 credits, £1,525 for 30 credits and £2,200 for dissertation.


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Quality by Design for the Pharmaceutical Industry
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