Pharmaceutical Quality and Good Manufacturing Practice

University of Strathclyde


The course is based on the syllabus in the European-approved 'Qualified Person' (QP) study guide as used in the pharmaceutical industry.

The course content includes all the diverse elements required to ensure that each batch of a medicinal product meets the quality requirements of the relevant product and manufacturer's licences. This includes:
an understanding of the pharmacology and chemistry of the product's active and other ingredients; a knowledge of how the product was manufactured; how the product delivers the drug in the patient's body; how the patient's body is expected to handle the drug by way of excretion and metabolism.

You’re also made aware of the statutory framework which is applied in the control of the manufacture and distribution of medicinal products.

Modules run over a 21-month period as a series of 13 one-week residential courses. You complete additional study before sitting examinations for the award of the Certificate or Diploma.

The Diploma can be converted to the MSc by completion of a research project which is normally undertaken at your workplace.

You can exit after stage 1 with PgCert Pharmaceutical Quality and Good Manufacturing Practice

You can exit after stage 2 with PgDip Pharmaceutical Quality and Good Manufacturing Practice.

Entry Requirements

A relevant degree in a pharmaceutical, biological or chemical discipline or equivalent.

You’re required to have attended and completed the required number of Qualified Person (QP) or QLP modules with NSF-DBA Ltd.

Start Date



Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Part time (day)

Course Length

21 months


Faculty of Science


Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

SCQF Level


Career Sectors


Chemistry and Materials Science

Food Science and Technology

Mathematics and Statistics


Science General