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Reasons to study Pharmaceutical Quality by Design at DMU:
- 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), the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
- Benefit from our extensive funding and investment in our industry standard laboratories and specialist equipment including USP IV dissolution and surface imaging dissolution, pilot scale twin-screw extrusion for continuous manufacture, electron microscope, thermal and mechanical analysers, freeze drying and tablet manufacturing facilities
- Benefit from strong links, direct input and guest lectures from industrial experts ensuring your learning is relevant to current practice and developments within the sector
- Become a graduate with current knowledge and skills required by the pharmaceutical industry. This is the first MSc dedicated to the new “Quality by Design” approach to pharmaceutical process and product development
- The course content is aligned with the Guidelines from the International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) Q8, Q9, Q10 and Q11, an initiative being driven and supported by the US, EU and Japanese regulatory authorities
Structure and assessment
The Pharmaceutical Quality by Design course will provides an understanding of the challenges faced by the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries as they strive to develop new products and equips you with modern product development and manufacturing solutions that conform to current industry best practices and modern QbD principles.
The course contains areas of core knowledge and skills with an emphasis on application of QbD principles and continuous improvement activities to the development and manufacture of pharmaceutical products. 180 credits must be completed to achieve a full master’s. The course is structured to ensure you have a coherent and balanced programme of study in the following areas:
- Quality by Design – QbD (15 credits) – explores a variety of legislation and regulations relating to the quality of pharmaceutical products.
- Product Design: Pre-formulation and Formulation (30 credits) – introduces a variety of techniques and methods to formulate and produce safe medicines.
- Analytical Techniques in Materials Science (15 credits) – builds on the concept of materials science as a separate discipline.
- Process Design and Manufacturing (15 credits) – considers the design, including facility, equipment, material transfer, and manufacturing variables using QbD principles.
- Advances in Drug Delivery (15 credits elective) – focuses on new therapeutic entities and delivery strategies. It is intended to integrate with ideas in other subject areas presented in the course, but also for the appreciation of future developments.
- Biopharmaceuticals (15 credits elective) – covers the use of large molecules, including those derived from biotechnology and especially those that are biologically active to produce therapeutic responses.
- Process Analytical Technology and Chemometrics (15 credits) – describes online process monitoring and the use of Process Analytical Technology (PAT) to advance pharmaceutical process identification, simulation and control.
- Experimental Design and Research Methods (15 credits) – focuses on research and experiment design methods applying QbD principles. The importance of design space concept will be discussed. Issues are primarily illustrated through examples from industrial cases.
- Dissertation (60 credits) – aims to provide each student with an opportunity to consolidate their knowledge of quality by design applied to pharmaceutical science by carrying out a research or development project in an area directly related to pharmaceutical manufacturing
Facilities and features
Health and Life Sciences facilities
Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.
The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.
Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to apply theory to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff, to ensure that your practical ability in the clinical skills suites is accurate.
QbD methodology is becoming more established in the Pharmaceutical sector and is also recognised by the regulatory authorities at a time when the industry is under pressure to deliver efficiencies in manufacturing and drug development.
The University is supporting the creation of a centre for “Continuous Pharmaceutical Development, by continuous processing, within a Quality by Design framework. The centre will offer unique hands on experience to the students in areas such as process analytical technologies, continuous improvement and life cycle management of medicines.
Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.
There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.
You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.
Opportunities and careers
As part of the university’s commitment to enhancing the personal and career development of our graduates. We offer an Alumni scholarship programme. For more information visit Health and Life Sciences Alumni Scholarships.
This course equips graduates with the relevant knowledge and skills to compete for jobs in pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors linked to industry or academia all over the world. There are career opportunities in areas such as product development, manufacturing, regulatory affairs, marketing and clinical research, and jobs include:
- Product Lifecycle Manager
- Oral Solid Dose (OSD) Technologist
- OSD Industrialisation Lead
- Production Technologist
- Senior analyst
- Regulatory affairs associate performance manager
- Senior device technologist
- Product development scientist