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MSc Biopharmaceutical Development

MSc Biopharmaceutical Development (Industrial Placement)

This course has been designed to fast-track your career, rapidly equipping you with the skills to understand the many functions contributing to successful drug development, from discovery to commercialisation.

It is the only course in the UK with a paid placement in the biopharmaceuticals industry, through which successful candidates will earn £20,000.

Biopharmaceutical drugs are transforming the way we treat patients, fighting global diseases such as cancer, arthritis and hepatitis. This growing industry is generating a huge demand for scientists skilled in this ground-breaking field.

Designed, developed and delivered in partnership with Covance, a major multinational pharmaceutical company, this is an opportunity to learn first-hand from industry professionals.

10 of our first 11 graduates went straight into full-time employment in technical roles at the end of their course. Many have been recruited to positions more senior than is normally filled by a candidate with MSc level qualifications.

The course is 19-months long, with the first 7 months on campus at the University of Leeds covering all aspects of biological drug discovery, development and commercialisation. This provides you with an understanding of the many functions that contribute to a successful drug and how they are coordinated and integrated to bring new drugs to market in a timely and economic fashion.

You will learn 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. All this will access to cutting-edge practical technologies in a world-leading Life Science Faculty.

Alongside this, you’ll learn how to operate in a corporate environment, for example how to present with impact and deliver reports to clients, regulator, investors and sponsors.

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.

We award a generous range of scholarships to UK, EU and international students. We consider all eligible applicants who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and excellent personal and professional skills. Visit our FBS fees and scholarships page to find out more about the range of scholarships we have to offer.

Documents and information you’ll need to apply:

  1. A completed online application form (for Taught Postgraduate Study)
  2. A completed supporting statement outlining your career intentions and state how your achievements / experiences set you up to excel on this course. Plus describe your leadership style and experiences and how you can become a future leader in biopharmaceutical development.
  3. A full CV
  4. A transcript of degree examination marks achieved to date
  5. A copy of final degree certificate (if completed)
  6. Evidence of English language qualification (non-native English speakers only)
  7. A copy of your passport (if you’re an overseas student).

MSc Biopharmaceutical Development


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