FAQs

Questions about entry requirements
Questions about compulsory modules
Questions about when I can study and study duration
Questions about pausing study and if circumstances change
Questions about online studying, communication with peers, tutor support
Questions about confidentiality/sensitive company material
Questions about assessment, results and certificates
Questions about fees and payments
Questions about resources
Questions about further plans to develop the suite of modules and update existing modules

Questions about entry requirements

Q) What are the entry requirements?

The course is open to graduates and postgraduates and to individuals with relevant pharmaceutical or industry experience. Students should ideally be employed within the pharmaceutical or health sectors. If your first language is not English: Minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or TOEFL 250 (computer score) 600 (written paper).

Q) Is the course relevant to me?

This programme has been specifically designed with the needs of the pharmaceutical and allied industries in mind. Although the majority of students studying the course are directly from the pharmaceutical industry and supply chain, the course is open and has attracted students from the food and health product industries as the principles, tools and approaches of Quality by Design are applicable across industries. The course has been supported by a wide range of industrial and regulatory experts who have written and presented the online lectures thus students can benefit from the experience of experts from manufacturing and development companies, excipient suppliers, process equipment suppliers, data analysis software suppliers, consultancies and regulators.

Students should ideally be employed within the pharmaceutical or health sectors when undertaking the course; however this is not compulsory.

The course can be studied by students:

  • Working within the pharmaceutical and applied industries
  • Those working within food, nutraceutical, healthcare industries
  • Those with existing pharmaceutical and healthcare qualifications who would like to expand their qualifications portfolio in order to enter the pharmaceutical and allied industries

If you are unsure as to whether you are eligible to undertake the course or if the course is appropriate for you, please contact a member of the team qbd@dmu.ac.uk

Questions about compulsory modules

Q) When do the individual modules and the different course options (PG Cert, PG Dip and MSc) run?

Intakes are twice a year, October and March.

Q) What is the timescale for completing a module?

Modules apart from the project module are 15 or 30 credits. Each 30-credits module is designed to be studied over one term. Two 15 credit modules can be studied per term if the student is able to commit the time but this is not compulsory. Term 1 is from October to February and term 2 from March to July. The project module (60 credits) will run through both terms.

Q) Are there any compulsory modules and which order do I have to take the modules?

Students who choose to study the whole MSc course will undertake two compulsory modules, 1 & 6 (in that order). Students who choose to study individual modules will have the flexibility to select the modules that they want to do, subject to their prior knowledge of QbD.

Q) Can I be exempted from the compulsory modules? If so, what evidence do I need?

Students who choose to study only individual modules and receive no qualification can be excluded from the compulsory module although it is advised that students without prior knowledge of QbD should study module one to ensure a good understanding of further modules. Students can not be excluded from compulsory modules if studying for a qualification as these modules form a number of the credits required to complete the course.

Q) Can I study multiple modules simultaneously?

Yes, but we strongly recommend that you follow the pattern suggested by the programme team, one module per term (except the 15-credit modules that you can do two at the same time).

Questions about when I can study and study duration

Q) What flexibility is there within the course in terms of what I study?

Based on your prior experience of using QbD principles and tools we can help you to select the most appropriate modules to suit your needs, if you are not doing the full course.

Q) What are the minimum and maximum periods of registration?

The minimum and maximum periods of registration for each qualification are:

  • Part time (minimum-maximum)
  • MSc (3-6 years)
  • PG Dip (2-4 years)
  • PG Cert (1-2 years)

Questions about pausing study and if circumstances change

Q) Can I interrupt or defer a module?

Yes, any interruption or deferral requests must be made in accordance with University regulations “General Regulations and Procedures Affecting Students”. The programme leader would be able to advise you on such matters and will guide you through this procedure.

What happens if my employment circumstances change while studying for a qualification?
Changes in circumstances should be discussed directly with your programme leader and will be assessed on an individual basis.

Questions about online studying, communication with peers, tutor support

Q) The course is studied online rather than in the classroom. Does this mean I would still receive a recognised qualification?

Yes the course is a validated and accredited course which has undertaken and meets all University regulations the same as a conventional classroom based University course. Assignments are marked, moderated and then ratified by the programme examination board in accordance with the University regulations as with a conventional course.

Q) The course is online. Will I be studying with my peers or in isolation?

You will be studying with your peers. There will be a minimum number of students in each module to maximise your student experience.

Q) How can I communicate with my peers and tutors?

Most communications will be done electronically via emails and discussion forums. There will be private and group discussion boards available on De Montfort University’s online learning system. This will allow you to communicate with peers and tutors.

Q) What academic support would I have?

The programme leader (your personal tutor) will provide advice and support to assist you with your learning needs and future professional development. There is additional support via a number of online services for students including the library website, the management learning environment and student email.

Questions about confidentiality/sensitive company material

Q) How are confidential issues dealt with?

The University has procedures in place to address confidentiality issues. Individual issues should be discussed directly with the programme leader.

Questions about assessment, results and certificates

Q) How are the modules assessed? Would I receive feedback?

All modules are assessed by coursework only. The students will receive verbal/written feedback after each coursework submission.

Q) What benefits would I get from completing the assessments including the industrial project?

You can build your academic portfolio to get a Quality assured De Montfort University postgraduate qualification (PG Cert, PG Dip or MSc in Quality by Design for the Pharmaceutical Industry). The industrial project completed as part of the MSc can be applied to workplace needs bringing benefits to yourself as an individual and to your company.

Q) How do I get my results?

The results will be sent to you after being marked, moderated and then ratified by the programme examination board. The board meets 4 times per year.

Q) Would I get a certificate for completing the course or individual modules?

If you successfully complete: 60-credits worth of modules you will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate; 120 credits Postgraduate Diploma and 180 credits MSc in Quality by Design for the Pharmaceutical Industry. The completion of individual modules will give you University general credits associated with those modules completed.

Questions about fees and payment

Q) What is the cost for the course/individual modules and are there any discounts?

Individual module costs:

  • 30-credit modules are £1390
  • 15-credit modules are £980
  • 60-credit dissertation £2000

Complete courses:

  • The PG cert is 60 credits
  • The PG Dip 120 credits
  • The MSc is 180 credits, with a price of £8130.

Discounts are available subject to the number of students per company. Please contact the QbD team for the latest discounts.

Q) How and when are the fees paid?

If your company is paying, we will invoice the company to be paid before the start of the course. Companies can pay per module or per number of modules/year (2 modules) depending on company budgets. If you would like to discuss payment options further please contact a member of the QbD team.

If you are paying as an individual payment is required before the start of the course. Payment can be made per module or per year. Payment options for individuals can be discussed with a member of our team.

Any agreed discounts will be deducted from the payment due and will be illustrated on the invoice.

Questions about resources

Q) What are the resources e.g. computers, software, lab facilities etc. I would need?

You will be informed prior to enrolment of the minimum requirements for online access to effectively complete the course. Upon enrolment you will receive an induction pack containing the student handbook, University regulations and necessary access rights to our online system and necessary software to complete the course. You must have access to the internet.

Questions about further plans to develop the suite of modules and update existing modules

Q) Will there be further modules in different subjects?

Yes, additional modules are planned for the future in the areas of biotechnology products, medical devices, fundamental science and subject specific topics.

Q) Are the current modules updated as regulations change?

Yes, you will be advised if any regulations change throughout your studies. Working closely with industry we aim to keep our material up to date with current developments and changes within the industry.