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The 100% online Masters in Biopharmaceutical medicine has been designed in extensive collaboration with Industry to provide graduates with a range of cutting-edge skills in Biopharmaceutical Science and Medical Biotechnology thereby making them highly employable within the Biotechnology, Biopharmaceutical and Medical Biotechnology Industries. Read more

100% online master in Biopharmaceutical medicine

The 100% online Masters in Biopharmaceutical medicine has been designed in extensive collaboration with Industry to provide graduates with a range of cutting-edge skills in Biopharmaceutical Science and Medical Biotechnology thereby making them highly employable within the Biotechnology, Biopharmaceutical and Medical Biotechnology Industries.

Biopharma study

Biopharma is the study of producing biological drugs and biological medicinal products, including monoclonal antibodies, vaccines, gene therapies, cell therapies etc.

Forefront of medical technology

This Masters in Bio Pharmaceutical science is for you, if you wish to make a difference and be at the forefront of medical technology, involved in the manufacture of novel medicines from living cells, immunodiagnostics, bioanalytics, process validation and process optimization. Medical Biotechnology and Biopharmaceutical Processing are among the fastest growing industry sectors internationally at present. And this Masters provides a strong industry focus on the latest developments in biopharmaceutical manufacturing including full product characterisation, single use technologies, PAT and QbD.

Biopharmaceutical career opportunities

This MSc has been specifically designed to meet the requirements of the biopharma industry. It is suitable for Science and Engineering graduates who wish to up-skill or cross-skill for a career in biopharmaceuticals. A wide range of career options exist for graduates of this MSc, including employment in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical devices industries. Recent graduates are employed in companies such as Pfizer, MSD, Lilly, Amgen, Janssen and Takeda. Post-graduates may also find employment more broadly within the Healthcare sector and in areas of Research and Development.

100% Online master in Biopharmaceutical medicine

The MSc is delivered 100% online; however it is possible to choose electives that will get you extensive hands-on practical experience at the award winning NIBRT facility in Dublin, in an environment that replicates the most modern industrial bioprocessing facility. NIBRT, the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training, is a world-class institute that provides training and research solutions for the bioprocessing industry and undertakes leading edge research in key areas of bioprocessing in collaboration with industry.

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Accelerated training for the Biopharmaceutical Industry. This unique professional training programme has been designed and developed in collaboration with the multinational Contract Research Organisation, . Read more

Accelerated training for the Biopharmaceutical Industry

This unique professional training programme has been designed and developed in collaboration with the multinational Contract Research Organisation, Covance.

The course is 20 months long, covering campus-based taught modules in the first six months, followed by a 12-month guaranteed paid placement in industry where you can expect to earn around £20,000.

During your training you’ll gain an integrated understanding of the full biological drug development pathway and the regulatory framework. The focus will be on large molecule drugs: monoclonal antibodies like Herceptin, bio-similars and antibody-drug conjugates; gene therapies and the technologies that underpin the discovery and development pathway.

You’ll be taught by leading industrialists and internationally renowned academics working at the forefront of their fields in the areas of science that support drug development. The curriculum is delivered primarily via project work in teams, and is assessed with outputs that are commonplace in industry, including presentations and reports to clients, regulators, investors/sponsors etc.

To prepare you for work in industry, you’ll also have access to cutting-edge practical technologies and gain hands-on practical training in protein purification, characterisation, formulation and assessment of binding function. In addition, you’ll use cell-based assays to look at drug potency, all performed in a strict regulated environment.

This course will help give you the experience and skills to become highly employable. Many pharmaceutical companies are expanding their biopharmaceutical capability, which is creating demand and opportunities for talented, well-trained people. At the same time, these companies report difficulties in recruiting employees with relevant skill sets and those with broad industrial experience are greatly sought after.

Course content

This course will provide you with an understanding of biological drug development focusing on each of the major steps of the process:

  • discovery
  • manufacturing
  • pre-clinical testing
  • clinical trials
  • market access and
  • the regulatory and legal aspects framework that ensure safe practice and the development of safe and effective medicines.

Course structure

The course is 20 months long, covering the campus-based taught elements in six to seven months, followed by a 12-month guaranteed paid work placement involving a research project where you’ll experience at first hand the working environment of this industry.

Work placement: an integral part of your training

An integral part of this course is your first paid job in industry. This is a 12-month guaranteed work and research experience in industry or placement hosted within the university research laboratories developed and co-supervised with industry. Students can expect to earn up to £20,000 over the duration of their placement.

The placements will all include a practical research project where you will gain in-depth practical experience of at least one technical function of the drug development process (discovery, manufacturing, pre-clinical testing, clinical safety and efficacy).

You will commence your project in May, six-months after the start of the programme and will be completed by the following April. Graduation is scheduled immediately thereafter, making you available for employment immediately after your placement.

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

Over the first six to seven months starting in September you will study 100 credits worth of taught modules.

Compulsory modules:

  • Biopharmaceutical Development Pathway 5 credits
  • Biopharmaceutical Drug Discovery and Pre-Clinical Testing 20 credits
  • Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals 20 credits
  • Integrated Drug Development Plan 10 credits
  • Biopharmaceutical Development: Clinical 10 credits
  • Commercialising Biopharmaceutical Products 10 credits
  • Practical Skills for a Regulatory Environment 25 credits

Year 2

Seven months after the start of the course (April/May), you will start a 12-month industrial placement where you will undertake a research project worth 80 credits.

Compulsory modules:

  • Industrial Placement & Research Project 80 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Biopharmaceutical Development MSc in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

The learning and teaching on the course has been constructed to align with activities performed in industry, preparing you to be work-ready immediately after you finish.

You’ll have access to the very best learning resources and academic support during your studies. We’ve been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF, 2017), demonstrating our commitment to delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.

This course will challenge you to think creatively, solve problems and develop strong communication and teamwork skills. You’ll experience a wide range of teaching methods, including formal lectures, interactive workshops, practical classes and industry site visits.

You’ll extensively use of real-life, industry specific case studies to illustrate theoretical and practical concepts and multiple opportunities to work in teams, including the opportunity to lead a team. A wide range of ‘authentic’ assessments will be used that students will experience in the workplace including submissions to regulatory authorities, client reports and presentations to industry panel members.

Career opportunities

Your first steps into an industrial career

The course is designed to train talented scientists wishing to pursue a career in drug development in the international biopharmaceutical industry.

You’ll be exposed to senior industrialists working as tutors throughout the course and can take this opportunity to obtain career advice. You’ll also work in industry full time for 12 months, which is an outstanding opportunity for you to develop a competitive career plan.

With this degree, you’ll have the relevant knowledge and experience to fast-track your career as, for example, an analytical scientist, project manager, or coordinator, in areas such as research, quality control, manufacturing, project management, non-clinical, clinical, and market access.

As a student on this course you’ll have unique access to an industry-mentor and a personal tutor (academic member of staff) for the duration of your studies. You’ll also get support in planning your career through sessions that develop your CVs and applications.



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The PG Dip in Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Engineering is a part-time modular degree which can be taken over 24 months to 60 months. Read more
The PG Dip in Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Engineering is a part-time modular degree which can be taken over 24 months to 60 months. You will have the opportunity to gain a formal qualification in areas of particular concern to the bio/pharmaceutical industry that you may not have benefited from before, including issues such as product containment, powder/particle technology, design of API and secondary production facilities, current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP), design of classified facilities, aseptic processing facility design and validation.

Visit the website: http://www.ucc.ie/en/ckp08/

Course Details

Many graduates working in the pharmaceutical industries with a scientific background find themselves working in areas which increasingly overlap with engineers and engineering. Many would like to develop an engineering-based understanding of processes and production in a formal manner. This course offers you the opportunity to do this, developing your skills set and employability across a wider range of roles.

The course also presents the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry with an opportunity to enable greater cohesion and understanding among inter- and multi-disciplinary teams as graduates with science backgrounds receive a formal qualification in engineering.

Format

The PGDip involves taking 12 modules to the value of ECTS 60 credits. Taught modules are offered on a cyclical basis. Six modules are taken per annum over a two year period if you opt for full registration, although the course can be taken over a maximum of five years. The choice of modules is subject to the approval of the course coordinator. Candidates who achieve an average of 50% in all taught modules may apply for entry to the MEngSc to complete a thesis.

Part I

Students take 60 credits from the following:

Offered in 2015/16

PE6010 Pharmaceutical Engineering (5 credits)
PE6011 Biopharmaceutical Engineering (5 credits)
PE6012 Pharmaceutical Process Equipment, Materials and Mechanical Design (5 credits)
PE6013 Powder & Particle Technology and Unit Operations (5 credits)
PE6014 Chemical Kinetics, Reactor Design and Bioreactor Engineering (5 credits)
PE6015 Environmental Engineering in the Pharmaceutical Sector (5 credits)
PE6023 Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Utilities (5 credits)
PE6025 Advanced Health & Safety Management (5 credits)

Offered in 2016/17

PE6016 Pharmaceutical Industry, Manufacturing and Optimisation (5 credits)
PE6017 Pharmaceutical Plant Design and Project Management (5 credits)
PE6018 Pharmaceutical Process Validation and Quality (5 credits)
PE6019 Process Analytical Technology (5 credits)
PE6022 Aseptic Manufacturing Design (5 credits)
PF6302 Introduction to Pharmaceutics: Formulation Science (5 credits)
PE6024 Advanced Process Design & Safety Engineering (5 credits)
PE6025 Advanced Health & Safety Management (5 credits)

Part II (MEngSc only)

PE6021 Dissertation in Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Engineering (30 credits)

These are subject to change. For full course information see programme website - http://www.ucc.ie/en/processeng/postgrads/taughtmasters/mengsc//

Further details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar - http://www.ucc.ie/calendar/postgraduate/Masters/engineering/page08.html

Placement and study abroad

Students will study at a UCC partner university in China and take the equivalent of 60 credits there in the Third Year.

Assessment

Assessment is by continuous assessment and end of period exams.

Careers

The course offers graduates working in the pharmaceutical industry the opportunity to further develop your skills set and employability across a wider range of roles in the industry through enhanced continuing professional development.

Through the opportunities provided by participation on the programme, you are provided with opportunities to enable greater cohesion and understanding among inter-and multi-disciplinary teams while earning a formal qualification in engineering.

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The MEngSc/PG Dip in Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Engineering are part-time modular degrees which can be taken over 24 months (for award of a Postgraduate Diploma) to 60 months. Read more
The MEngSc/PG Dip in Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Engineering are part-time modular degrees which can be taken over 24 months (for award of a Postgraduate Diploma) to 60 months. You will have the opportunity to gain a formal qualification in areas of particular concern to the bio/pharmaceutical industry that you may not have benefited from before, including issues such as product containment, powder/particle technology, design of API and secondary production facilities, current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP), design of classified facilities, aseptic processing facility design and validation.

Visit the website: http://www.ucc.ie/en/ckr35/

Course Details

The aim of this course is to fill a need for the continuing professional development (CPD) and postgraduate education of engineers working in the pharmaceutical industry. This course covers issues of particular concern to the pharmaceutical industry such as product containment, powder/particle technology, design of API and secondary production facilities, current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP), design of classified facilities, aseptic processing facility design, validation, etc.

Format

The MEngSc course is in two parts. Part I (which constitutes the PG Diploma) involves taking 12 modules to the value of ECTS 60 credits. Taught modules are offered on a cyclical basis. Six modules are taken per annum over a two year period if you opt for full registration, although the course can be taken over a maximum of five years. Part II consists of a research thesis to the value of 30 credits. The choice of modules is subject to the approval of the course coordinator.

Part I

Students take 60 credits from the following:

Offered in 2015/16
PE6010 Pharmaceutical Engineering (5 credits)
PE6011 Biopharmaceutical Engineering (5 credits)
PE6012 Pharmaceutical Process Equipment; Materials and Mechanical Design (5 credits)
PE6013 Powder and Particle Technology and Unit Operations (5 credits)
PE6014 Chemical Kinetics, Reactor Design and Bioreactor Engineering (5 credits)
PE6015Environmental Engineering in the Pharmaceutical Sector (5 credits)
PE6023 Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Utilities (5 credits)
PE6025 Advanced Health & Safety Management (5 credits)

Offered in 2016/17
PE6016 Pharmaceutical Industry; Manufacturing and Optimisation (5 credits)
PE6017 Pharmaceutical Plant Design and Project Management (5 credits)
PE6018 Pharmaceutical Process Validation and Quality (5 credits)
PE6019 Process Analytical Technology (5 credits)
PE6022Aseptic Manufacturing Design (5 credits)
PF6302 Introduction to Pharmaceutics: Formulation Science (5 credits)
PE6024 Advanced Process Design & Safety Engineering (5 credits)
PE6025 Advanced Health & Safety Management (5 credits)

Part II (MEngSc only):

PE6021 Dissertation in Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Engineering (30 credits)

These are subject to change. For full course information see programme website - http://www.ucc.ie/en/processeng/postgrads/taughtmasters/mengsc//

Further details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar - http://www.ucc.ie/calendar/postgraduate/Masters/engineering/page08.html

Assessment

Assessment is by continuous assessment and end of period exams.

Careers

The course offers graduates working in the pharmaceutical industry the opportunity to further develop your skills set and employability across a wider range of roles in the industry through enhanced continuing professional development.

Through the opportunities provided by participation on the programme, you are provided with opportunities to enable greater cohesion and understanding among inter-and multi-disciplinary teams while earning a formal qualification in engineering.

How to apply: http://www.ucc.ie/en/study/postgrad/how/

Funding and Scholarships

Information regarding funding and available scholarships can be found here: https://www.ucc.ie/en/cblgradschool/current/fundingandfinance/fundingscholarships/

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Sunderland is ranked sixth in the UK for pharmacy and pharmacology, according to The Guardian University Guide 2013. This Masters is one of the few in the UK that covers biopharmaceuticals as well as pharmaceuticals. Read more
Sunderland is ranked sixth in the UK for pharmacy and pharmacology, according to The Guardian University Guide 2013.

Course overview

This Masters is one of the few in the UK that covers biopharmaceuticals as well as pharmaceuticals. The course covers drug delivery systems for large molecules such as proteins, genes and anticancer drugs that offer innovative ways to improve the health and wellbeing of our society.

The course also covers advanced formulations and delivery of small drug molecules. There is a focus on nanotechnology, dosage forms, pharmacokinetics and statistical methods used in data analysis.

Our supportive tutors will guide the development of rigorous approaches to research including sound methodologies, good manufacturing practice, high laboratory standards and effective communication of results.

Your Masters research project will be supervised by an expert in the relevant field, possibly in collaboration with a pharmaceutical company or research institution.

This course is particularly relevant if you plan to undertake a PhD in the area of pharmaceutical sciences, biopharmaceuticals or drug delivery. It is also suitable if you are considering, or already involved in, a career in pharmaceutical-related industries, hospitals or research institutions.

Pharmacy is a particular area of strength at the University of Sunderland. We have worked with GlaxoSmithKline for over 20 years and Pfizer has funded research projects at Sunderland for over 10 years.

Course content

The course mixes taught elements with independent research and self-directed study. There is flexibility to pursue personal interests in considerable depth, with guidance and inspiration from Sunderland's supportive tutors. Modules on this course include:
-Dosage Forms and Pharmacokinetics (20 Credits)
-Delivering Gene and Therapeutic Proteins (20 Credits)
-Essential Research and Study Skills (20 Credits)
-Research Manipulation (20 Credits)
-Nanotechnology (20 Credits)
-Bioinformatics (20 Credits)
-Research Project (60 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, seminars, problem-based learning, laboratory work, group work and visits to relevant companies. We also welcome guest speakers from the pharmaceutical industry who deliver guest lectures and seminars.

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working. Assessment methods include written examinations, online tests and coursework, which includes oral and poster presentations.

Facilities & location

Sunderland's exceptional facilities include state-of-the-art equipment for pharmaceutics, synthetic, analytical and medicinal chemistry and pharmacology.

Facilities for Chemistry
We’ve recently spent £1 million on our new state-of-the-art analytical equipment. The analytical suite contains equipment which is industry-standard for modern clinical and pharmaceutical laboratories. Our state-of-the-art spectroscopic facility allows us to investigate the structures of new molecules and potential medicinal substances. We are equipped with Liquid Chromatography-Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Mass Spectroscopy (LCNMR/MS) platforms; this is an exceptional facility for a university. We also have low and high-resolution mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance and elemental analysis equipment.

Our facilities allow you to gain hands-on experience of a wide range of analytical techniques such as atomic absorption spectroscopy and infra-red spectroscopy, which are of great importance in determining both ionic/metal content of pharmaceuticals and simple chemical structures. You will also gain experience of revolutionary protein and DNA separation techniques, as well as Ultra High Performance Liquid Chromatography and Gas Chromatography for separating unknown chemical mixtures.

Facilities for Pharmaceutics and Pharmacology
Our highly technical apparatus will help you gain a better understanding of the effects of drugs on specific receptors located throughout the human body and related physiological effects. In addition to equipment for standard pharmacopoeial tests, such as dissolution testing, friability and disintegration, we also have highly sophisticated test methods. These include rheometry, thermal analysis (differential scanning calorimetry and hot stage microscopy), tests for powder flow, laser diffraction, photon correlation spectroscopy, image analysis and laser confocal microscopy.

We also have equipment for wet granulation, spray drying, capsule filling, tablet making, powder mixing inhalation, film coating and freeze drying.

University Library Services
We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles. Some of the most important sources for your studies include:
-Embase, which is a complex database covering drug research, pharmacology, pharmaceutics, toxicology, clinical and experimental human medicine, health policy and management, public health, occupational health, environmental health, drug dependence and abuse, psychiatry, forensic medicine and biomedical engineering/instrumentation
-PsycINF, which includes information about the psychological aspects of medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, pharmacology and physiology
-PubMed, which contains life science journals, online books and abstracts that cover fields such as medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine and health care
-Science Direct, which offers more than 18,000 full-text journals published by Elsevier
-Web of Science, which covers a broad range of science areas

Employment & careers

On completing this course you will be equipped with the skills and understanding needed for Research & Development roles with employers such as:
-Pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies
-Medical research institutes
-Hospitals

Salaries for senior pharmacologists range from £35,000 to around £80,000. Clinical laboratory scientists earn an average of £36,000. A Masters degree will also enhance opportunities in academic roles or further study towards a PhD.

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The course provides students with the scientific research skills and the basic business knowledge needed to convert scientific discoveries into inventions and commercial products. Read more
The course provides students with the scientific research skills and the basic business knowledge needed to convert scientific discoveries into inventions and commercial products. You will learn how to translate these into a business plan for start-up technologies or innovative processes within biotechnology industries.

You should acquire a combination of essential research and business practical skills in finance, marketing and management which will equip you for career opportunities in the global biotechnology market.

The course is run by the School of Biosciences, in conjunction with the University’s School of Biomedical Sciences and the Business School. The Business School is one of the UK’s leading centres for management education and is globally ranked among the world’s top business schools for the quality of its teaching and research on sustainability and social responsibility.

A series of off-site visits to Institutes and biotechnology companies will provide you with information on the latest technologies and research. You will undertake a Research Project or Management Project in conjunction with a biopharmaceutical or biotechnological company in line with your individual career aspirations.

The 12 months’ course consists of two semesters of taught modules followed by your Research Project. Details of individual modules can be viewed on our web pages. Taught modules include (subject to change):

•Industrial and Biomedical Macromolecules
•Physical Chemistry of Molecules
•Antibody Biotechnology
•Polysaccharide and Drug Delivery Biotechnology
•Project Management
•Finance and Accounting
•Marketing for Entrepreneurs


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This course offers advanced training for biological, chemical and physical scientists (pure and applied) for careers in the pharmaceutical, food/nutrition, health-care, biomedical, oil and other important industries or as a basis for entry to MRes or PhD. Read more
This course offers advanced training for biological, chemical and physical scientists (pure and applied) for careers in the pharmaceutical, food/nutrition, health-care, biomedical, oil and other important industries or as a basis for entry to MRes or PhD.

Biomolecular Technology underpins the production of drug delivery systems, the making of healthier food products, the design of health-care products, the making of antisera and vaccines - and even the efficient extraction of oil from the harsh environment of a deep well: these are among the biotechnology processes which depend in fundamental terms on our ability to handle giant molecular complexes of living origin. Furthermore, molecular biologists and chemists are now increasingly able to ‘engineer’ new types of proteins and complexes over and beyond those which 3 billion years of evolution have provided.

Industry needs skilled personnel capable of understanding how these molecules may be used in an industrial context and the processes of gene cloning and protein engineering.

It is taught by the School of Biosciences in conjunction with the University's Schools of Pharmacy, Biomedical Sciences and Clinical Sciences and The School of Biosciences at the University of Leicester. Experts from local and national industry also contribute, ensuring access to the latest developments in the field.

A 3 month industrial placement module offers an exciting opportunity to discover first hand the needs of modern industry and provides advanced training for employment and further academic studies.
By suitable arrangement non-UK students can do this in their normal country of residence.

Applicants should hold first degrees at honours level in any Biological, Chemical or Physical Science subject (e.g. Biochemistry, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Genetics, Food Sciences, Plant Sciences, Physics). Suitably motivated candidates with Engineering or Mathematics degrees will also be considered.

A number of scholarships and European bursaries may be available.

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The MSc in Biotechnology is a one-year course designed to provide you with the theoretical and practical skills for employment in the industries of biomedical research, biopharmaceuticals, agrochemicals and biotechnology. Read more
The MSc in Biotechnology is a one-year course designed to provide you with the theoretical and practical skills for employment in the industries of biomedical research, biopharmaceuticals, agrochemicals and biotechnology. The course curriculum consists of six months of lectures, laboratory practical sessions, career service workshops, industry-based seminars and a six-month research project. The curriculum has been developed with input from staff in local biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industries, to provide you with the necessary skills required by employers. Students have the choice to complete the six-month research project in a national or international industry or university environment.

Visit the website: http://www.ucc.ie/en/ckr01/

Course Details

This is the most established MSc in Biotechnology course in Ireland and is the most popular MSc course in UCC. The international success of this course is attributed to the industry-led curriculum offered to students and the opportunity to complete a six-month placement in industry or an academic research lab. The global recognition of the course is also evident from our international alumni and receipt of several industry-sponsored scholarships available to students entering and on completion of the course.

The course will:

- introduce you to the theory and practice of bioanalytical chemistry?
- introduce you to molecular biotechnology, eukaryotic-, prokaryotic- and plant-biotechnologies, recombinant DNA technologies and their - application in the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industries
- introduce you to the principles of process and biochemical engineering?
- introduce you to the role of process validation and quality assurance in the pharmaceutical industry, and give you an awareness of the - - latest trends in good manufacturing, laboratory and validation practices
- introduce you to the principles of food and industrial microbiology
- provide you with the opportunity to conduct and complete a body of independent research in a biotechnology-related area and present your research findings in a minor dissertation.

Format

The curriculum consists of approximately 250 contact hours over two academic terms (October to December and January to March), consisting of eight course modules, set practical sessions, career service workshops and an industry lecture series.

During the third academic term (April to September), students complete a six-month research project on a topic related to biotechnology, biopharmaceutical or biomedical research. Industry-based projects in these areas are managed by a dedicated placement officer who facilitates career workshops during which you prepare for and are interviewed by staff from companies interested in hosting students. For students interested in a career in biomedical research or PhD, projects are offered in a broad range of research areas utilising modern research techniques. All research projects are undertaken in consultation with an academic supervisor and examiner.

The MSc in Biotechnology degree course consists of eight course modules, set practical sessions, career service workshops, an industry lecture series and a six-month research project.

Students study the following eight modules and complete a research project:

- Advanced Molecular Microbial Biotechnology
- Biopharmaceuticals: formulation design, secondary processing and regulatory compliance
- Bioprocess Engineering
- Cell and Molecular Biology
- Functional Foods for Health
- Genetic Engineering
- Modern Methods in Analytical Chemistry
- Plant Genetic Engineering

Research Project and Industry Placement

You will be required to complete a six-month research project based on your individual research and development in a selected field of modern science. You carry out your research in UCC’s laboratories or at an approved academic or industrial partner.

When you complete your research dissertation in an industrial setting, it provides the company with an opportunity to assess your skills and abilities and to screen potential future full-time employees.

Students who secure employment upon graduation fit into the organisation and contribute productively much sooner that other graduates. For students with an interest in biomedical research and future careers as PhD researchers, research projects are offered across a broad range of topics including but not limited to; cancer biology, neuroscience, immunology, microbiology and plant biotechnology.

Further details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar - http://www.ucc.ie/calendar/postgraduate/Masters/science/page05.html#4%20

Assessment

The MSc in Biotechnology is awarded after passing written examinations across taught course units, the continuous assessment of practical work and completion of a six-month research project, which has to be written up in the form of a dissertation and approved by an external examiner. All students must complete written examinations (typically held over a two week period in March) and submit a research project. Full details and regulations governing examinations for each course will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2013 Book and for each module in the Book of Modules, 2015/2016 - http://www.ucc.ie/modules/

Careers

The course is suitable for students wishing to extend their specific undergraduate degree knowledge in biotechnology, and for those wishing to bridge their undergraduate degree and gain more specialised knowledge and training in biotechnology. The course allows you to follow a number of career pathways. Each year, over 70 per cent of our students gain employment while approximately 20 per cent of graduates progress to international PhD opportunities.

How to apply: http://www.ucc.ie/en/study/postgrad/how/

Funding and Scholarships

Information regarding funding and available scholarships can be found here: https://www.ucc.ie/en/cblgradschool/current/fundingandfinance/fundingscholarships/

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This modular Master's degree delivers comprehensive training in analytical chemistry, with the opportunity to specialise in areas such as forensic, clinical and biopharmaceutical or environmental analysis. Read more
This modular Master's degree delivers comprehensive training in analytical chemistry, with the opportunity to specialise in areas such as forensic, clinical and biopharmaceutical or environmental analysis.

The programme is available both part-time and full-time, by day release, and offers the opportunity to complete a research project in our research laboratories. This is a laboratory-based subject, with constant contact between staff and students which creates opportunities for you to comment on, and take responsibility for, the direction of your studies.

This course will develop your knowledge and understanding of key areas of analytical science and its practical applications, advance your understanding of recent advances in the field and equip you with the skills to formulate a research or method development plan and carry out the appropriate literature and data searches. You will also learn how to carry out chemical manipulations, operate advanced analytical equipment and work safely and efficiently in a laboratory.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

Part-time study by day release allows you to combine study with other commitments, and accumulate modules over 2-5 years.
Includes a research project, which may be completed at your place of work if appropriate.
Available with specialisms in forensic analysis, clinical and biopharmaceutical analysis or environmental analysis.
Chemistry is taught in the School of Science, which offers state-of-the-art instrumental and computing facilities, and the possibility of collaborating with industry. The School also provides a seminar programme and skills training across disciplines.

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Accredited by the the Institution of Chemical Engineers. Develop the essential skills for a career in bioindustry or for further advanced research in next-horizon biotechnologies. Read more

About the course

Accredited by the the Institution of Chemical Engineers

Develop the essential skills for a career in bioindustry or for further advanced research in next-horizon biotechnologies. You’ll learn from world-class researchers, including staff from Biomedical Science and Materials Science and Engineering. Our graduates work in biotechnology, biopharmaceutical and bioprocess organisations.

Take advantage of our expertise

Our teaching is grounded in specialist research expertise. Our reputation for innovation secures funding from industry,
UK research councils, the government and the EU. Industry partners, large and small, benefit from our groundbreaking work addressing global challenges.

You’ll have access to top facilities, including modern social spaces, purpose-built labs, the Harpur Hill Research Station for large-scale work, extensive computing facilities and a modern applied science library. There are high-quality research facilities for sustainable energy processes, safety and risk engineering, carbon capture and utilisation, and biological processes and biomanufacturing.

Studentships

Contact us for current information on available scholarships.

Course content

Four core modules including research project, a conversion module, and three optional modules.

Core modules

Biopharmaceutical Bioprocessing
Biosystems Engineering and Computational Biology
Bioanalytical Techniques
Research Project

Examples of optional modules

Any three from:

Microfluidics
Bio-energy
Synthetic Biology
Tissue Engineering Approaches to Failure in Living Systems
Bionanomaterials
Stem Cell Biology
Proteomics and Bioinformatics

Conversion modules:

Principles in Biochemical Engineering or
Principles in Biomolecular Sciences.

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The Biopharmaceuticals MSc is an advanced study programme that will provide chemical, life science and pharmacy graduates with the scientific knowledge and expertise in the areas of biopharmaceutical discovery and development needed for careers in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry, research institutes or regulatory authorities. Read more

The Biopharmaceuticals MSc is an advanced study programme that will provide chemical, life science and pharmacy graduates with the scientific knowledge and expertise in the areas of biopharmaceutical discovery and development needed for careers in the pharmaceutical and biotech industry, research institutes or regulatory authorities.

Key benefits

  • Links with the pharmaceutical industry in terms of visiting lecturers and site visits.
  • King's is ranked 7th in the world for Pharmacy & Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017)
  • Advanced study programme focusing on the discovery and development of biopharmaceuticals, therapeutic peptides, protein, monoclonal antibodies and nucleic acids.

Description

This course was designed to address the growing needs of the Biotech industry. The Biopharmaceuticals MSc course is an interdisciplinary course of study with the aim of developing medicines for the future. The subject areas will include drug delivery & disposition and pharmaceuticals analysis followed by more specialised studies on the discovery of peptides, proteins and antibody therapeutics and their development into medicines.

An integral component of the course is a laboratory research dissertation worth 60 credits where you will work in a research laboratory involved with independent research supervised by experts in the field.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

Assessment

You are assessed through a combination of the following methods:

  • Laboratory assessment (30%)
  • Written examination (70%)
  • Research project:

Production of research paper (50%)

  • Literature review (20%)
  • Poster (10%)
  • Laboratory record (10%)
  • Laboratory performance (10%)

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect.

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Career prospects

Recent graduates have gone on to work in research and development laboratories in the Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Industries. Employers include Pfizer, GSK and Novartis and small Biotech companies. Overseas students have returned to similar positions in their home countries. Other graduates choose to continue to study towards a PhD.



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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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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/postgraduate/funding

Open Days

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

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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This part-time programme is organised with the support of the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS). Read more

This part-time programme is organised with the support of the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS). In the fields of Transfusion, Transplantation and Tissue Banking, SNBTS has a leading international reputation and the programme is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (IBMS), the professional body for Biomedical Scientists in the United Kingdom.

The programme has been designed to be aligned to the NHS requirements and stipulations relating to career progression for Biomedical Scientists, Clinical Scientists and other healthcare professionals working in these fields.

The programme will give you in-depth expertise and knowledge of the science, regulations and international practices in transfusion, transplantation and tissue banking, for those aiming for more senior management roles in healthcare organisations.

The programme covers the following areas:

  • Fundamentals of Transfusion Science
  • Quality and GMP
  • Blood Donation Processing and Testing
  • Immunology and Molecular Biology of Transfusion
  • Clinical Blood Banking
  • Transplantation and Tissue Banking
  • Information technology and Donation
  • Biopharmaceutical Transfusion and Clinical Trials
  • Management and Communication
  • Governance/Ethics/Risks of Transfusion
  • Research skills

Programme structure

The programme involves eight, one-week modules that combine lectures, tutorials and assessments. A variety of learning experiences and assessment tasks will stimulate interest, encourage participation and develop transferable skills. Self-directed learning between modules will require to be undertaken by students participating in this programme.

Throughout the programme, summative and formative assessment techniques will be employed.

After two years you will take three exams for the diploma qualification. If you are successful, you can carry out a research project in the third year to achieve your masters qualification.

Career opportunities

This programme is designed to help you progress within health services in transfusion, transplantation and tissue banking fields.



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The Drug Discovery Skills MSc course aims to equip you with the advanced skills to enhance your knowledge and technical expertise in the drug discovery process. Read more

The Drug Discovery Skills MSc course aims to equip you with the advanced skills to enhance your knowledge and technical expertise in the drug discovery process.

 Key benefits

  • King's is ranked 7th in the world for Pharmacy & Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017)
  • Lectures are delivered by experienced multi-disciplinary researchers from the biopharmaceutical sector and the regulatory authorities.
  • Advanced study programme with a five to six-month industry-based research project.
  • Close links and regular speakers from pharmaceutical companies giving you insights and up-to-the-minute knowledge of drug discoveries.

Description

The Drug Discovery Skills MSc is a one-year advanced course that runs from September to September and you will study modules totalling 180 credits throughout the year, with 75 credits coming from the research project and a dissertation to complete the programme.

You will study a range of modules that include core skills and case histories in drug discovery. You will also complete an extended industry-based research project and dissertation relating to drug discovery.

Course format and assessment

On average teaching consists of:

  • Seminars: 50 hours
  • Practicals and Workshops: 120 hours
  • Tutorials and feedback on assignments: 9 hours
  • Research Project Placement: Full-time (35 hours per week) for 20 weeks

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

  • Core Skills in Drug Discovery will be assessed by a 30-minute oral examination, a series of workshop diaries and a poster presentation.
  • Case History of Drug Discovery will be assessed by a 30-minute oral presentation, in addition to a written report of 3,000 words.
  • Research Project in Drug Discovery will be assessed by a research 10,000-word dissertation.
  • Seminars in Drug Discovery will be assessed by a two-hour written examination.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect.

Location

This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Guy’s campus. The work placement for the Research Project in Drug Discovery is usually in the UK laboratories of a pharmaceutical or biotech company.

Career prospects

Our graduates mainly gain employment in the pharmaceutical industry, or go on to study for a PhD.



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