How did the concept for the MSc and CPD course evolve?
The course was developed by the Education Board of the Pharmaceutical Licensing Group UK Ltd (PLG), the professional association for people involved in business development and licensing. The PLG has been running professional training courses since 1994 and the development of a distance learning formal qualification was a natural development from its Introductory and Masterclass training courses.
The PLG Education Board, consists of Professor Bill Dawson [previously Technology Acquisition Director of Lilly], Roger Davies [formerly Business Development Director at Bioglan and Mundipharma] and Sharon Finch [CEO Medius Associates Ltd]. The design of the modules involved broad consultation with both academics and industry major pharma companies such as AstraZeneca, Merck, Pfizer et al. Once the course outline had been designated, specialist module leaders from industry and the profession were appointed to write and teach the precise content of each module.
What are my options to study?
Students have two options, either to register with the University of Manchester to study for a Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or Msc, or purchase individual modules for CPD (Continual Professional Development) via the PLG Masters website.
Do I receive teaching support if I buy an individual module for CPD?
Yes, purchase of an individual module has the same teaching support as for modules purchased for a University qualification.
When do the modules start?
If working towards a Certificate, Diploma or full MSc. as a student registered with the University of Manchester, the student intake is in April and October each year.
Purchase of individual modules for CPD can be made at any time.
How long will each module take?
It is anticipated that each module can take approx four  months to complete, however it could be possible to finish the entire eight  modules in two years and then there is the additional 600 hour project (dissertation) required to complete the MSc. There is a time limit of 9 months to submit Formal Assignments and 1 year to complete the module (including marking); 4 years to complete the Diploma (8 modules); and 5 years for the complete MSc.
What are the Course Materials like?
The course materials are available for all students on the PLG Masters website as pdf documents, with supporting materials in Microsoft Excel, Word or Powerpoint files. Students registered with the UoM also receive a printed workbook.
Students will have access to the module support materials on the PLG Masters website, including access to the PLG Library for reference materials. Students registered with the University of Manchester also have access to the University of Manchester library.
How is the Directed Learning and Direct Contact Hours organised?
Directed Learning and direct contact hours have been arranged to take account of the fact that most people will be studying on a distance basis. There are seventy  hours directed learning achieved via studying the course module materials [hard copy files and CDs], there is then a further seventy  hours private study required for reading around the subject matter, private research and the time required to complete the assignments.
The assignments will vary from module to module, reflecting the nature of the subject but all assignments will be relevant to day-to-day business development and licensing activities. Direct contact time will be in the form of 3-4 hour teleconference calls with tutors of individual modules. In addition there are annual workshops for the individual modules, held in London usually during the first week of December.
What are the Academic Course Requirements?
Access to study is open to all. There are no special entry requirements if you want to study just individual modules as part of your personal development programme.
All modules require some work and experience within the industry of not less than 3 years.
To study for a Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or the MSc degree you should have a relevant degree level qualification. If you do not already have the required qualifications, you can join this programme when you have proved your ability by earning four module credits.
Students whose first language is not English require a minimum IELTS overall score 6.5 and 6.0 in writing, or TOEFL 575 (paper-based) 230 (computer-based) or 90 (internet based).Is CPD required in business development and licensing?
If I buy a CPD module, can I at a later date go onto study for a Diploma or MSc as a student of the University of Manchester?
Yes, provided that you pass the Formal Assignment on the modules and do not buy more than 3 individual modules and within 3 years. Passed formal assignments will count towards your University of Manchester qualification (Certificate, Diploma or MSc.)
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