Many pharmaceutical companies are expanding their biopharmaceutical capability, which is creating demand, and thus 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.
To address this skills gap, the University of Leeds and Covance have formed this partnership to train the next generation of scientists for the biopharmaceutical industry.
This course will provide you with an understanding of biological drug development focusing on each of the major steps of the process:
The course is 20 months in duration, 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 will experience at first hand the working environment of this industry.
Work placement: an integral part of the 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 April, 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.
Find out more about the modules you will study.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Over the first six to seven months starting in September you will study 100 credits worth of taught modules .
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.
The learning and teaching on the course has been constructed to align with activities performed in industry.
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.
There will be extensive 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.
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 will be exposed to senior industrialists working as tutors throughout the course and can take this opportunity to obtain career advice. Furthermore, you will work in industry full-time for 12 months, which represents an outstanding opportunity to develop a competitive career plan.
On completion of the course, you will 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.
All students on the programme will have the opportunity to be assigned to an industry-mentor and will be assigned a personal tutor (academic member of staff) for the duration of their studies. You will be supported in your career planning through sessions that develop your CVs and applications.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.