Pharma Microbiology MSc

Master's Degree (MSc) in Pharmaceutical Microbiology

The University of Manchester, UK offers a Master's Degree in Pharmaceutical Microbiology Advanced Training (PMAT). This is the first European University Accredited Qualification in Pharmaceutical Microbiology for the Pharmaceutical, Medical and Healthcare sectors.

The PMAT programme was developed by Pharmig in collaboration with the University of Manchester, as a postgraduate-level programme designed for scientists and managers in the field of Pharmaceutical Microbiology, the first of its kind in Europe. Unique features of the course include:

• First European Higher Degree Qualification in Pharmaceutical Microbiology
• A Modular Distance Learning Course
• Accredited University of Manchester Qualification
• Available Internationally via Correspondence
• Provides Continuous Professional Development

The PIAT course has a broad selection of units within these pathways:

Industrial Pharmacy

  • Basic Principles - The physicochemical principles of dosage form design (PHAR71010)
  • Preformulation Studies 1 - Physicochemical aspects of drug substances and excipients (PHAR71020)
  • Oral Solid Dosage Forms - 1 (PHAR71040)
  • Oral Solid Dosage Forms - 2 (PHAR71070)
  • Liquid and Semisolid Dosage Forms - Formulation and process development (PHAR71050)
  • Management Tools (PHAR71060)
  • Lean Processes (PHAR71080)
  • Pharmaceutical packaging (PHAR71100)
  • Regulatory Affairs (PHAR71110)
  • Pharmaceutical Engineering (PHAR71120)
  • Quality Control Laboratory Testing (PHAR70130)
  • Safety, Health and Environment (PHAR70140)
  • Inhalation Dosage Forms (PHAR70150)
  • Product Development Management (PHAR70160)
  • Introduction to Clinical Trials (PHAR72010)
  • Scientific and Medical Writing (PHAR70710)
  • Clinical Trials for the NHS (PHAR72090)
  • Introduction to the Healthcare Industry (PHAR71400)
  • Research and Development and Manufacturing (PHAR71470)

Pharmaceutical Microbiology

  • Introduction to Pharmaceutical Microbiology and Technology (PHAR71300)
  • Water Aspects (PHAR71310)
  • Microbiological Environmental Monitoring & Control (PHAR71320)
  • Sterile Pharmaceutical Manufacturing (PHAR71330)
  • Quality Assurance in Microbiology Laboratories (PHAR71340)
  • Engineering Principles for Pharmaceutical Microbiologists (PHAR71350)
  • Application of Microbiology in Biopharmaceuticals (PHAR71360)
  • Antimicrobials (PHAR71370)
The PMAT (Pharmaceutical Microbiology Advanced Training) Programme falls under the umbrella of the PIAT (Pharmaceutical Industry Advanced Training) Programme established in 1990 by the University of Manchester and is the gold standard for professional distance learning pharmaceutical courses.

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  1. Hello everyone!

    My name is Fernanda, I have been working in microbiological quality control for 15 years in pharmaceutical industries in Brazil and I have been trying to take a PMAT course since 2014. I was in England in December to get my pre settlement scheme because I intend to live in England later this year and with that I would like to take this course.
    Could you provide me with more information about the courses and the Master's? What I need to have to apply? Are they all online or is it necessary to do some face-to-face activity? What is the cost of the course?

    My regards


  2. Hi Fernanda, please see:

    1. Hello Dr. Tim Sandle. I was looking for this Master, but I couldn't find it. Is this still available? Thank you.

  3. I want to know about the advanced diplomo course in pharmaceutical microbiology

  4. Thank you for sharing this. I would like to suggest you please also share Pharmaceuticals SOPs so beginner in Pharmaceutical industry can easily get these and enhance their knowledge.

  5. Thank you for sharing this. I would like to suggest you please also share Pharmaceuticals SOPs so beginner in Pharmaceutical industry can easily get these and enhance their knowledge.

  6. These tips may help me in the future about University accreditation .

  7. I wish to do this cource i.e.MSc in Pharmaceutical Microbiology, kindly guide how to take admission for online course of this.

  8. Qualifications for this course

  9. Hello, course links updated!

  10. How can i get enrolled in the above course?

  11. I want to doing Msc in pharmaceutical microbiology. I have been working in pharmaceutical microbiological quality control since 3 years in Renata limited ( prior name pfizer pharmaceutical) in Bangladesh. Can I apply?


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