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The University has co-operated with GlaxoWellcome, SmithKline Beecham, Zeneca, Fisons and many other companies to produce two major postgraduate-level training programmes for the pharmaceutical industry.

Both programmes are produced in modular distance learning format. They provide a flexible method of providing training and enable industrial participation without the need for prolonged absence from work. Both can lead to the award of a Masters Degree or Diploma.

Each module consists of 200 to 300 pages of text, incorporating exercises and assignments.

PIAT - Pharmaceutical Industry Advanced Training Programme - covers product development, manufacturing and QA.

PEAT - Pharmaceutical Engineering Advanced Training Programme - covers facility design, construction and operation.

The teaching material in both programmes is available to companies and other academic institutions.

The PEAT Programme -

Pharmaceutical Engineering - facility design, construction and operation.

Developed by Engineering Departments at UMIST and the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at The University of Manchester in partnership with the pharmaceutical industry, the PEAT Programme is a postgraduate - level training course which addresses the design, construction and operation of pharmaceutical facilities.

Benefits from PEAT Study

PEAT is designed specifically to improve the effectiveness of engineers and scientists working in the pharmaceutical industry. It is presented in distance learning format to allow you to study for University awards without the need for prolonged absence from work.

In the long term, it should help you to improve your career prospects by gaining industry recognised qualifications validated by two leading Universities.

How PEAT Works

The programme is presented in distance learning modules. Each module contains teaching material and self-assessment exercises. You study a group of three modules over a six month period. Tutorial support and advice is provided during this private study period. This study period is followed by five days attendance at The University for lectures and tutorials and for assessment of the group of three modules.

For the MSc and Diploma you will study twelve modules and you will be required to attend the University on four occasions for a total of 20 days.

If you do not want to study for a University award you can select the module or modules you require and join the programme for those modules only.

University Awards

Master of Science - awarded for the successful completion of twelve modules studied part-time over a minimum of two years and a maximum of four years, plus a dissertation on a workplace project submitted one year after completion of the twelve modules.

The preparation of the dissertation is expected to occupy a minimum of one year. In most cases the dissertation will deal with a subject which is relevant to your industrial experience and will require approximately 600 hours of study. Each dissertation project will have an academic supervisor who will have primary responsibility for the supervision of the dissertation work, and an industrial tutor. The industrial tutor will be an experienced person from your company. The subject of the dissertation project will be agreed between you, the academic supervisor and your industrial tutor. Workplace study facilities and supervision arrangements must be approved by the University and the dissertation project must be undertaken in the UK.

Diploma in Pharmaceutical Engineering - twelve modules studied over a minimum of two years (maximum four years) plus a report.

Certificate of Advanced Studies in Pharmaceutical Engineering - six module credits.

A Module Credit - awarded for the successful completion of each module.


Progress is assessed by a combination of module exercises, written assignments and formal examinations.

Group A (Modules 1-3) are assessed by exercises and assignments only. The modules in the other three groups each have one 90-minute examination paper in addition to the exercises and assignment.

Study Requirements

Access to PEAT modules is open to all. If you want to study modules without University awards there are no special requirements.

If you want to study for the MSc and Diploma awards you should have a first degree at honours level in engineering, science or technology or have a combination of educational and professional qualifications and experience approved by UMIST and The University of Manchester.

PEAT Modules

Modules are presented as texts written to enable you to understand the subject and to study at home or at work. Exercises are included in the text to help the learning process and you will undertake a written assignment dealing with aspects of the subject. Each module will require 60 to 80 hours of study time to understand the subject matter and to complete the module exercises and the module assignment.

Group A Foundation

1. Safety Health and Environment

2. Introduction to Pharmaceutical Technology and Micro-biology

3. Quality Assurance and Regulatory Issues

Group B Buildings and Services

4. Facility Design, Construction and Finishes

5. Environmental Systems - HVAC, Effluent and Containment

6. Services and Utilities - Steam, Water, Gases etc.

Group C Equipment, Facilities and Layout

7. Liquid Products, Parenterals, Sterilisation

8. Solid Dosage Forms

9. Packaging - Design and Operations

Group D Process Operations

10. Manufacturing Operations and Improvement

11. Process Control, Automation and Data Management

12. Plant, Process and Computer Systems Validation


To receive an application form for personal study or to discuss use of the PEAT Programme Modules in your company or university contact:

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
The University of Manchester
Oxford Road
M13 9PL
Telephone 0161 275 2484
Fax 0161 275 2423
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