Pharmaceutical Quality by Design PG Cert


Reduced time to market and improved resource efficiency are key to reduced life cycle costs and increased international competitiveness for the development and manufacture of modern medicines and healthcare products.

Quality by Design (QbD) is a scientific, risk-based approach, critical to delivering these benefits.

It is vital that healthcare companies are cognisant and compliant with this new approach to quality and are able to maintain international competitiveness. The aim of this course is to support this new approach with the launch of this work-based learning programme.

Structure and content

60-credit PG Cert, Level 7

This course provides a complete picture of how QbD is applied across a product’s lifecycle, including:

  • Early research through manufacturing to discontinuation
  • Understanding and application of concepts such as:
  • Quality target product profile
  • Critical quality attributes
  • Critical process parameters
  • Design space
  • Control strategy
  • Continuous improvement

Although the primary focus is on small molecules, the principles are also applicable to biotechnology.

Course objectives

By the end of this course you will have:

  • Benefited from the knowledge of leading industrial experts and experienced academics
  • Gained knowledge, skills and experience in this rapidly developing key area of manufacturing
  • Gained valuable experience which could lead to increased career flexibility and progression into specialised areas

This course is highly flexible, and allows you to study only the modules you wish to. You can therefore expand your knowledge, skills and experience without having to complete the full certificate programme.

Who the course is for

Scientists, engineers, technologists and technically-based professionals within new and established businesses in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry supply chains. Both groups and individuals are welcome to apply.

Recommended prior knowledge

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 healthcare sectors in order to gain maximum business and personal benefit from the programme.


This course is delivered by distance learning using a variety of teaching approaches, including online/recorded lectures, self-study and independent learning. Support is available through online learning, email and teleconference. 

A variety of assessment strategies are used including essays, formal exercises, plus a research project. Students have the opportunity to interact with each other, industrial experts and DMU academic staff through a variety of online resources.

This is a modular course and each module is individually assessed.

Contact us

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