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This course has been designed to respond to the increasing need for professional pharmacologists and biotechnologists. You'll learn to translate laboratory medical research into clinical applications, and study topics such as diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of disease. Throughout, you'll learn to apply medical biotechnology, biopharmaceutics and drugs.

  • Work in state-of-the-art facilities on exciting practical projects.
  • Explore the fundamental principles of molecular pharmacology and biotechnology.
  • Enhance your laboratory skills from experimental design through to interpretation of results.
  • Learn how to synthesise new drugs, or produce them from genetically modified microorganism.
  • Develop as an autonomous learner capable of reflecting on learning, knowledge and professional practices.

'I acquired transferable skills which increased my competence in my current work as a lecturer- and developed my confidence.'

Olumuyiwa Olorunyomi, MSc Pharmacology and Biotechnology, 2017 graduate

How you learn

On this course, you’ll work with researchers and academics who are expert and renowned in the field, and do so in cutting-edge industry-standard facilities.

You’ll tackle theoretical topics including pharmacology and advanced cell biology, as well as technical topics such as sub-cloning, cell culture and quantitative real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (qRT-PCR).

Research skills and statistical analysis are developed throughout the program and applied to pharmacological and biotechnological problems or case studies. New elements of Genomics and Proteomics have been introduced, which allow you to apply basic science knowledge and skills to experimental study design. Modules may include Fundamentals of Laboratory Practice, Cell Biology and Applied Laboratory Practice.

You learn through:

  • lectures and seminars
  • a programme of laboratory classes
  • a full semester research project

Applied learning

Laboratory experience and research project

All practical classes are led by academic staff whose research incorporates the latest pharmacological and biotechnological techniques.

Practical skills are developed throughout the course and you gain experience in molecular biology techniques such as quantitative real time Polymerase Chain Reaction (qRT-PCR), sub-cloning and cell culture.

Core to the program are practical classes where you gain experience in a range of the latest techniques used in the determination of essential pharmacological parameters.

Research skills and statistical analysis are developed throughout the program and applied to pharmacological and biotechnological problems or case studies. New elements of Genomics and Proteomics have been introduced allowing students to apply basic science knowledge and skills to experimental study design, and management and data analysis.

You will have the opportunity to conduct a semester-long investigative research project within the biomedical field. This work will take place in cutting-edge, industry-standard laboratories and teaching labs under the supervision of world-renowned active research staff.

This work will be aligned with the current research interests of an academic member of staff within our specialist Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre. The project will include a critical review of the literature relevant to your research project, the development of a project proposal, design of research methods and the analysis, presentation and interpretation of experimental data.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in:

  • academic research
  • the industrial biotechnology sector
  • the health biotechnology sector
  • the pharmaceutical industry
  • environmental sector

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for:

  • AstraZeneca
  • Danone
  • Eli Lilly
  • Certara
  • BD Biosciences (San Francisco Bay Area, US
  • PhD Researcher at St George’s University of London
  • Associate member at Higher Education Academy (UK)
  • HR Operations at Deloitte India (Offices of the US)

Where will I study?

You will study at City Campus.

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work in state-of-the-art facilities including:

  • industry-standard instrumentation in teaching and professional labs
  • an analytical and mass spectrometry suite
  • a state of the art cell culture suite
  • a professional microscopy suite

Modules

Compulsory modules:

  • Advanced Laboratory And Research Practice - 30 credits - Coursework 
  • Applied Laboratory Practice - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Biotechnology - 15 credits - Coursework/Exam 
  • Cell Biology - 15 credits - Coursework/Exam 
  • Cell Biology - 15 credits - Coursework/Exam 
  • Fundamentals Of Pharmacology - 15 credits - Coursework/Exam 
  • Fundamentals Of Pharmacology credits - 15 - Coursework/Exam 
  • Molecular Biology - 15 credits - Coursework/Exam 
  • Molecular Biology And Biotechnology - 15 credits - Coursework/Exam 
  • New Approaches To Pharmacology - 15 credits - Coursework/Exam 
  • New Approaches To Pharmacology - 15 credits - Coursework/Exam 
  • Professional Development - 15 credits - Coursework
  • Research Methods And Statistics - 15 credits - Coursework 
  • Research Project - 60 credits - Coursework/Practical 
  • Research Project (Biosciences) - 60 credits - Coursework/Practical 

Elective modules:

  • Biopharmaceuticals And Drug Discovery - 15 credits - Coursework/Exam 
  • Cellular And Molecular Basis Of Cancer - 15 credits - Coursework/Exam 
  • Genomics And Proteomics - 15 credits - Coursework

How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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Visit the Pharmacology and Biotechnology (MSc) page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

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