• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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.


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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description
      • Minimum two years, maximum six years.
      • Not available to international students.
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA

    4488 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8975 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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