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The modern pharmaceutical industry encompasses the development of ‘biologics’ (for example antibodies or protein hormones), as much as it does traditional small-molecule drug discovery. Read more

Programme description

The modern pharmaceutical industry encompasses the development of ‘biologics’ (for example antibodies or protein hormones), as much as it does traditional small-molecule drug discovery.

You will study the design and potential uses of different families of proteins and will examine the experiences of successful entrepreneurs in the field who have been involved in the commercialisation of biopharmaceuticals.

Your research project will focus on the early phases of an industrial biologics design programme.

Online learning

Our award-winning online learning technology enables you to interact with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your home or workplace. You will have the same access to our staff as you would if you were on campus. Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources but they get the opportunity to become part of a supportive online community.

Programme structure

You will learn through a variety of teaching methods, including online tuition, peer-to-peer discussion and individual study. You will take six taught courses, which will be a mixture of compulsory and option courses, followed by a research project leading to a dissertation in your final year.

Individual courses can be taken for Continuing Professional Development purposes or you can study for a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc.

We offer a fast-track option to complete the MSc in two years, or you can spread your programme over a maximum of six years, through intermittent study, allowing you to accommodate work and other commitments.

You can expect to spend seven to 13 hours a week on your studies, depending on your chosen schedule.

Courses:

Biologics and Protein Design
Chemistry for Drug Discovery
Commercial Aspects of Drug Discovery
Druggable Systems
High Throughput Drug Discovery
In Silico Drug Discovery
Introduction to Modelling Biological Systems
Measuring Drug Binding
Modelling Metabolic Pathways
Molecular Modelling
Professional Skills in Drug Discovery
Research Grant Proposal
Structure Determination of Drug Target
Systems Approach to Modelling Cell Signal Transduction

Career opportunities

You will enhance your career prospects with marketable analytical and presentation skills.

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As a researcher in the School of Pharmacy, you have the opportunity to liaise with leaders in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries and to develop strong national and international collaborations. Read more
As a researcher in the School of Pharmacy, you have the opportunity to liaise with leaders in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries and to develop strong national and international collaborations.

Research in the School is diverse and multidisciplinary and is generally grouped around two distinct strands: 1) pharmacy education and community engagement with prescribing, and 2) physical pharmaceutics and drug development and delivery. Subsequently, there are opportunities for research students to work with academics across varied topics, including solid-state drug development and biologics delivery.

As a postgraduate student, you can benefit from specialist laboratory space and equipment, a wide range of training programmes designed to enhance your research and transferable skills, as well as support from dedicated academic supervisors.

All of our research students are encouraged to submit papers to scientific journals, present their findings at conferences in the UK and overseas, and share knowledge with colleagues across the University.

Research Areas, Projects & Topics

The School’s research is diverse and multidisciplinary and it includes the following areas:
-Solid state drug development
-Crystal engineering of salts/polymorphs/co-crystals
-Biologics delivery
-Nanomedicine and targeted drug delivery
-Mucosal delivery of biologics
-Mucosal models to study drug delivery
-Antimicrobials and vaccines
-Organic chemistry
-Bioconjugations and Bio-inspired chemistry
-Development of sequence selective DNA cross-linking agents
-Health education
-Personalised care
-Data-based medicine and assessment of individual risks/benefits
-Application and use of evidence, and pharmacy-led clinical medication reviews

How You Study

Our research environment aims to support students through a specific framework. This covers all aspects of the postgraduate experience, including supervisor interaction, training and access to the facilities and allied support through the Directors of Research and Postgraduates Studies, from initial application to final completion.

All postgraduates are actively encouraged to prepare submission to scientific journals in their field. Students are expected to present their findings to national and international conferences, and also to participate in internal research meetings.

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the vast majority of your time will be spent in independent study and research. You will have meetings with your academic supervisor(s), with the regularity of these varying depending on your own individual requirements, subject area and the stage of your programme.

How You Are Assessed

A PhD is usually awarded based on the quality of your thesis and your ability in an oral examination (viva voce) to present and successfully defend your chosen research topic to a group of academics. You are also expected to demonstrate how your research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding.

Facilities

Our Science and Innovation Park, home to the Joseph Banks Laboratories, provides specialist teaching suites and laboratories for study and research. It is a regional hub for science industry innovation and development.

Career and Personal Development

Graduates may progress to careers in the pharmaceutical, cosmetics or food industries, while others may choose to work within academia.

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As a researcher in the School of Pharmacy, you have the opportunity to liaise with leaders in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries and to develop strong national and international collaborations. Read more
As a researcher in the School of Pharmacy, you have the opportunity to liaise with leaders in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries and to develop strong national and international collaborations.

Research in the School is diverse and multidisciplinary and is generally grouped around two distinct strands: 1) pharmacy education and community engagement with prescribing, and 2) physical pharmaceutics and drug development and delivery. Subsequently, there are opportunities for research students to work with academics across varied topics, including solid-state drug development and biologics delivery.

As a postgraduate student, you can benefit from specialist laboratory space and equipment, a wide range of training programmes designed to enhance your research and transferable skills, as well as support from dedicated academic supervisors.

All of our research students are encouraged to submit papers to scientific journals, present their findings at conferences in the UK and overseas, and share knowledge with colleagues across the University.

Research Areas, Projects & Topics

The School’s research is diverse and multidisciplinary and it includes the following areas:
-Solid state drug development
-Crystal engineering of salts/polymorphs/co-crystals
-Biologics delivery
-Nanomedicine and targeted drug delivery
-Mucosal delivery of biologics
-Mucosal models to study drug delivery
-Antimicrobials and vaccines
-Organic chemistry
-Bioconjugations and Bio-inspired chemistry
-Development of sequence selective DNA cross-linking agents
-Health education
-Personalised care
-Data-based medicine and assessment of individual risks/benefits
-Application and use of evidence, and pharmacy-led clinical medication reviews

How You Study

Our research environment aims to support students through a specific framework. This covers all aspects of the postgraduate experience, including supervisor interaction, training and access to the facilities and allied support through the Directors of Research and Postgraduates Studies, from initial application to final completion.

All postgraduates are actively encouraged to prepare submission to scientific journals in their field. Students are expected to present their findings to national and international conferences, and also to participate in internal research meetings.

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the vast majority of your time will be spent in independent study and research. You will have meetings with your academic supervisor(s), with the regularity of these varying depending on your own individual requirements, subject area and the stage of your programme.

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Biochemical Engineering concerns the use of biological organisms or processes by manufacturing industries. Read more
Biochemical Engineering concerns the use of biological organisms or processes by manufacturing industries. It is a multidisciplinary subject, requiring the integration of engineering and bioscience knowledge to design and implement processes used to manufacture a wide range of products; from novel therapeutics such as monoclonal antibodies for treating cancer, vaccines and hormones, to new environmentally-friendly biofuels. It is also essential in many other fields, such as the safe manufacture of food and drink and the removal of toxic compounds from the environment..

This course will provide you with the skills you need to start an exciting career in the bioprocess industries, or continue research in the area of bioprocessing or industrial biotechnology.

Industry involvement

As this is a highly industrially-led subject area, we have secured guest lectures from Cobra Biologics (contract manufacturing), Biocats Ltd (Enzyme manufacture) and the Centre for Process Innovation Ltd (biological process development) and are currently seeking additional industrial lectures.

Academics working at Birmingham have strong links with industry, through collaborative projects, so allow students to make contact with companies. Graduates from the MSc programme have gone on to careers in biochemical engineering world-wide, in large and small companies working in diverse areas.

There are also guest lectures from academics working at other institutions.

Practical experience

You will gain practical experience of working with industrially applicable systems, from fermentation at laboratory scale to 100 litre pilot scale, in the Biochemical Engineering laboratories. Theory learned in lectures will be applied in practical terms. In addition, theoretical aspects will be applied in design case studies in a number of modules, including the Design Project.

All MSc students complete a summer research project, working on a piece of individual, novel research within one of the research groups in the school. These projects provide an ideal experience of life as a researcher, from design of experimental work, practical generation of data, analysis and communication of findings. Many students find this experience very useful in choosing the next steps in their career.

Special Features

The lecture courses are supplemented with tutorials, seminars and experimental work. Industrial visits and talks by speakers from industrial and service organisations are also included in the course programme.

Pilot Plant

The Biochemical Engineering building houses a pilot plant with large-scale fermentation and downstream processing equipment. The newly-refurbished facility includes state-of-the-art computer-controlled bioreactors, downstream processing equipment and analytical instruments.

Course structure

The MSc is a 12-month full-time advanced course, comprising lectures, laboratory work, short experimental projects and a research project. You will take an introductory module, four core modules, and then choose 50 credits of optional themed modules. The course can also be taken on a part-time basis. The Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) lasts for 8 months from the end of September until June.

For the first eight months you have lectures, tutorials and laboratory work. Core module topics include:

Fermentation and cell culture
Bioseparations
Process monitoring and control
Systems and synthetic biology approaches
Optional module include:

Biopharmaceutical development and manufacture
Food processing
Business skills for the process industries
The programme is strongly design-orientatedand you complete a full process plant design exercise. You also have practical experience of working in the newly-refurbished pilot plant of the Biochemical Engineering building.

From June to September you gain research training on your own project attached to one of the teams working in the bioprocessing research section.

About the School of Chemical Engineering

Birmingham has one of the largest concentrations of Chemical Engineering expertise in the UK, with an excellent reputation in learning, teaching and research.
Investment totalling over £3.5 million in our buildings has resulted in some of the best teaching, computing and laboratory facilities anywhere in the UK.
We have achieved an excellent performance in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) – the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. 87% of the research in the School was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. It was ranked joint fourth overall in the UK for its research prowess and first nationally for research impact.
The enthusiasm that the academic staff have for their research comes through in their teaching and ensures that they and you are at the cutting edge of chemical engineering.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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The aim of the Distance Learning (DL) PGDip/MSc in Clinical Drug Development course is to provide students with a multi-disciplinary perspective to facilitate their skills. Read more
The aim of the Distance Learning (DL) PGDip/MSc in Clinical Drug Development course is to provide students with a multi-disciplinary perspective to facilitate their skills. This course is designed for individuals who need an understanding of the drug development process, and provides a detailed picture of the complex and highly interrelated activities required for the development cycle for drugs and biologics, from the process of discovery to successful commercialisation. The DL PGDip/MSc in Clinical Drug Development provides students the edge that pharmaceutical industry requires. It also empowers the professionals working within the field with the skills and understanding required for fast progression within the industry and contract research organisations (CRO-s).
The modular nature of the courses is designed to fit in with the needs of those students who are in full time employment. The taught element of the modules is delivered in three-day blocks every four to six weeks (approximately). For a PGDip award students have to complete in total of 7 modules, while for an MSc award students need to complete 10 modules in total.
Module Titles:
Drug Discovery & Pre-Clinical Research & Development
Toxicology: From Molecules to Man
Clinical Study Design
Practical Aspects of Clinical Research & Early Drug Development
Ethics & Regulation in Clinical Research
Data Management: The Interpretation of Statistics & Pharmacokinetics
Specific Topics in Clinical Trial Design and Elective Project
Health and Pharmaco-Economics
Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Marketing
Dissertation
The final mark will have the following components
• Continuous assessment (module assignment)
• Dissertation

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This is a full-time 1 year MSc programme suitable for biomedical or life scientists who wish to acquire an extensive knowledge and key skills relating to the fundamental molecular and cellular regulation of immunity and its application to the treatment of disease. Read more
This is a full-time 1 year MSc programme suitable for biomedical or life scientists who wish to acquire an extensive knowledge and key skills relating to the fundamental molecular and cellular regulation of immunity and its application to the treatment of disease. The programme will be delivered by world leaders at the forefront of immunology and immunotherapy research, each with an internationally renowned research group.

Over the past few years significant advances have been made in our understanding of the molecular and cellular control of immune responses. These discoveries are now being translated into the design and testing of immunotherapeutic interventions for a range of diseases including cancer, autoimmunity and inflammatory disease. This programme is for biomedical or life scientists who wish to extend their knowledge and skills in both immunology and its translation to immunotherapy.

A series of interlinked taught modules cover molecular mechanisms in immune cell differentiation and function, autoimmunity, transplant and tumour immunology, and inflammation. This is complemented by comprehensive coverage of the latest developments in immunotherapy including the use of microbial products in immunomodulation and vaccination, small molecules and biologics, as well as cellular immunotherapy.

The programme aims to allow you to understand the research process, from the fundamental discoveries at the forefront of immunological research, to the application of novel interventional immune-based therapies.

A key part of the MSc programme is the planning, execution and reporting of a piece of independent study leading to submission of a dissertation. This study will be in the form of an extensive laboratory research project carried out in internationally renowned research groups. Each student will be a fully-integrated member of one of the large number of research teams in a wide variety of topics across both immunology and immunotherapy. We also plan to offer some projects within external biotechnology companies.

About the College of Medical and Dental Sciences

The College of Medical and Dental Sciences is a major international centre for research and education, make huge strides in finding solutions to major health problems including ageing, cancer, cardiovascular, dental, endocrine, inflammatory diseases, infection (including antibiotic resistance), rare diseases and trauma.
We tackle global healthcare problems through excellence in basic and clinical science, and improve human health by delivering tangible real-life benefits in the fight against acute and chronic disease.
Situated in the largest healthcare region in the country, with access to one of the largest and most diverse populations in Europe, we are positioned to address major global issues and diseases affecting today’s society through our eight specialist research institutes.
With over 1,000 academic staff and around £60 million of new research funding per year, the College of Medical and Dental Sciences is dedicated to performing world-leading research.
We care about our research and teaching and are committed to developing outstanding scientists and healthcare professionals of the future. We offer our postgraduate community a unique learning experience taught by academics who lead the way in research in their field.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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The MSc in Biotherapeutics educates students on the practical uses of molecular advances in the discovery of protein and other biomolecular drug candidates and their development into biotherapeutics. Read more

Programme Description

The MSc in Biotherapeutics educates students on the practical uses of molecular advances in the discovery of protein and other biomolecular drug candidates and their development into biotherapeutics. It will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the development of biotherapeutics, beginning with pre-clinical modelling and target identification together with antibody engineering, biochemical and biophysical characterisation, and development issues for bioprocessing. Systems biology of biotechnological processes and approaches to the analysis of proteomics-based discovery data will be covered in detail together with mathematical modelling, bioinformatics analysis and data integration strategies. Regulatory issues, and innovation and commercialisation strategies, will also be covered. Mammalian cell culture and bioprocess laboratory structure will be comprehensively covered in addition to novel approaches to therapeutic development. A practical drug discovery laboratory project will form a significant component of the experience of how candidates are identified and brought through the development pipeline.

Key Fact

This programme is the culmination of close collaboration between the UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science, Systems Biology Ireland and the Biopharmaceutical Industry in Ireland and across the world.

Course Content and Structure

The structure of the programme is as follows:

Semester 1
• Biotherapeutic Discovery and Development I
• Professional Career Development
• Recombinant DNA Technology
• Business of Biotechnology & Science
• Biomedical Diagnostics
• High Content Screening Microscopy
• Pharmacology & Drug Development

Semesters 2 & 3
• Biotherapeutic Discovery and Development II
• Systems Biology in Drug Development
• Professional Career Development
• Bioprocessing Laboratory
• Emerging Issues in Biotechnology
• Regulatory Affairs
• Microbial & Animal Cell Products
• Project – Biotherapeutic Development

Career Opportunities

This advanced graduate degree in Biotherapeutics has been developed in consultation with the Biopharmaceutical industry and is recognised and valued by them. A key feature is the undertaking of a significant drug discovery and development laboratory project which is reviewed by industry partners. This engagement is designed to help graduates identify opportunities in the industry at the earliest stage. Prospective employers include: Novartis, Glaxo SmithKline, Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Janssen Biologics, AstraZeneca, MSD, Bristol Myers Squibb, Abbott, Sanofi.

Facilities and Resources

Students on this programme will benefit from the use of a research skills laboratory in the prestigious UCD Conway Institute, as well as state-of-the-art teaching and laboratory facilities
in the new O'Brien Centre for Science.

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This online programme will provide you with the stimulus, guidance and knowledge to develop a career around new approaches to drug discovery. Read more

Programme description

This online programme will provide you with the stimulus, guidance and knowledge to develop a career around new approaches to drug discovery.

You will study the challenges in developing novel drugs; the science underlying emerging fields of drug discovery; the application of new ideas to the field; how drug discovery relates to real-world health problems; the commercial aspects of drug discovery; and potential future developments. The programme offers a research-rich environment in which you can develop as a scientist and entrepreneur.

Online learning

Our award-winning online learning technology enables you to interact with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your home or workplace. You will have the same access to our staff as you would if you were on campus. Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources but they get the opportunity to become part of a supportive online community.

Programme structure

This is a distance learning programme taught entirely online via a virtual learning environment. You will learn through a variety of teaching methods, including online tuition, peer-to-peer discussion and individual study.

You will take six taught courses in each of the two first years of the MSc – a mixture of compulsory and optional courses. In your final year you will pursue a research project leading to a dissertation.

You can take individual courses for continuing professional development purposes, or follow a single year of part-time study to qualify for a Certificate, two years to achieve a Diploma, and three years for the MSc.

We can offer you a fast-track option to complete the MSc in two years, or you can spread your degree programme over a maximum of six years, through intermittent study, allowing you to plan your study around work and other commitments. You can expect to spend between around seven and 13 hours a week on your studies, depending on your chosen schedule.

Courses:

Biologics and Protein Design
Chemistry for Drug Discovery
Commercial Aspects of Drug Discovery
Druggable Systems
High Throughput Drug Discovery
In Silico Drug Discovery
Introduction to Modelling Biological Systems
Measuring Drug Binding
Modelling Metabolic Pathways
Molecular Modelling
Professional Skills in Drug Discovery
Research Grant Proposal
Structure Determination of Drug Target
Systems Approach to Modelling Cell Signal Transduction

Career opportunities

You will enhance your career prospects with marketable analytical and presentation skills.

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