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Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

Pharmaceutical Biotechnology is pioneering in the UK, providing a detailed insight into the technologies that allow the development and production of biopharmaceuticals that could lead to cures for most major diseases.

Overview

With a high practical content, the course reviews the process from start to finish (from pre-clinical studies, to clinic, through to marketing), preparing you for work in an industrial or academic setting and giving you an opportunity to gain employment in the global biopharmaceutical field.

Reasons to study Pharmaceutical Biotechnology at DMU:

  • Globally, pharmaceutical biotechnology courses are rare and no other course offers such a broad scope; you will develop a truly diverse range of skills
  • Suitable for direct undergraduate progression, as well as for experienced professionals in the sector and international students
  • Study an inter-disciplinary subject, based on the teaching/research expertise of our experienced practitioner and research-based staff, who themselves have interests in many specialist fields
  • Benefits from major investment in state-of-the-art laboratories and specialist equipment at par to that used in industry. This includes an, atomic force microscope, an electron microscope, fluorescence microscopes/plate-readers, mass spectrometers, fermentation units and tissue culture suites
  • Our range of specialist modules means you receive up-to-date subject matter on multiple protein expression systems for production of diverse biopharmaceuticals, encompassing a range of platform technologies, also focussing on the role of proteins as therapeutic agents and as tools for the identification of such agents
  • Numerous international and UK/EU students have benefitted from this established course and progressed to PhD studies and/or global relevant employment in the biotech sector
  • Benefit from a combination of unique academic expertise across three faculties: Health and Life Sciences, Technology, and Business and Law. This enables you to share one core module with students on a Master of Business Administration (MBA), broadening understanding around the importance of business in this area
  • Our reputation of more than 104 years’ pharmacy teaching ensures we produce graduates of the highest calibre 

“I came to DMU because the facilities here are excellent and it offered me the opportunity to learn about these therapies and will help me achieve my dream of developing new technologies and innovations that could influence governmental regulations and healthcare systems back home. ”

T Karikari, PhD student

“The course was designed in such way that it is suitable not only for fresh undergraduates but also experienced working people like me. All laboratories were equipped with latest equipment which enables students to learn and apply new technology in field of biopharmaceuticals.  I would definitely choose DMU again because of the dedicated lecturers”

I Krishnan, Biotech Manager 

Scholarships:

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are proud to currently offer two scholarships.

Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship
Up to 50 per cent of tuition fees offered to Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a Postgraduate taught course. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship page.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Up to £6,000 worth of support available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship page.

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Course code: C71071

Duration:
One year full-time, two years part-time

Attendance:
Up to five days per week, for one -seven hours depending on your mode of study

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding:
Full-time £6,000
Part-time
Year 1 £4,000
Year 2 £2,000

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or by submitting a direct application form.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

 


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Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

Course code: C71071

Duration:
One year full-time, two years part-time

Attendance:
Up to five days per week, for one -seven hours depending on your mode of study

Location of study: De Montfort University Leicester UK

Fees and funding:
Full-time £14,500

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out more about additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or by submitting a direct application form.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

 


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Entry criteria

  • An honours degree (2:2 minimum) in a relevant subject such as in a bioscience or science including pharmacy, biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, chemical engineering, chemistry, microbiology or molecular biology (or equivalent)
  • Alternatively, a portfolio of professional and/or academic qualifications of equivalent standing to an honours degree

 

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning (CELL), is available both before and during the course.

Please visit dmu.ac.uk/international for more information.

 

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Academic expertise

 

Course modules

The course provides a response to the rapidly-expanding field of biopharmaceuticals (DNA and protein-based medicines) and focuses on the role of proteins as therapeutic agents and as tools for the identification of such agents.

It provides insight into how researchers may select and use appropriate protein expression systems for the large-scale to mass production of a protein, that would ultimately lead to its complete characterisation before it is applied to humans.

You will also focus on the business and intellectual property aspects that are interwoven with biotechnological innovation and entrepreneurship to enable career progression.

Modules include:

  • Biopharmaceuticals and Molecular Toxicology (15 credits) - discusses the underlying principles that allow for the selection of a biopharmaceutical in the treatment of a disease
  • Microbial Fermentation/ Downstream Processing, Drug Development (15 credits)  - looks at the role of microbial fermentation drug development as well as issues of scale-up, bulk production, downstream processing, bio-safety and toxicology
  • Gene Cloning, Expression and Analysis (30 credits) - provides practical skills and theoretical considerations covering cell culture, gene isolation and protein expression
  • Bioinformatics I and II (15 credits) - provides an understanding of research tools and methodologies used in molecular investigations as well as the basic theory and employment of bioinformatics
  • Business Creation & Innovation (15 credits) - aims to provide a guide to the key theories about enterprise and innovation, looking at their relationship to small businesses and to consider the methods that are taken to promote and finance them
  • Research Methods (15 credits) - with elective depending on type of research chosen for the third semester
  • Research Dissertation (60 credits) - a full-time project with research in pharmaceutical biotechnology or molecular toxicology topics

Teaching and assessment

You will be expected to participate in an extensive programme of learning that will require full commitment and focus throughout your study.

The learning environment for the first two semesters will be varied with lectures, tutorials, laboratories and computer laboratories. You can expect to spend about half of your directed study time working at the bench in our research laboratories. In the third semester, the learning venue will depend on your dissertation topic and will be aimed at guided self-study.

The quality of our teaching is amongst the best in the world, offering a varied selection of teaching methods to suit all learning requirements.

 

Teaching contact hours

Contact hours in a typical week will depend to some extent on the optional modules you choose to study. However, typically you will have up to 50. contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 5 hours of tutorials (or later maximum 8 hours per week of project supervision) each week

Medium group teaching: 8 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week

Large group teaching: 7 hours of lectures each week

Personal study: 30 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using hand-outs and online activities 

 

Facilities and features

Health and Life Sciences facilties

Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.

Learn more about DMU’s first-class study facilities.

  • Range of multi-disciplinary experience across biology, pharmacy and biotechnology
  • Meshing of science, information technology with business and enterprise

Library services

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

During standard term time (October to June) the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outside of this period, and during university holidays, the library will remain open but with reduced opening hours.

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers

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Scholarships

As part of the university's commitment to enhancing the personal and career development of our graduates. We offer an Alumni scholarship programme. For more information visit Health and Life Sciences Alumni Scholarships >

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Graduate careers

This course has been designed to give you a competitive advantage in gaining employment in any biopharmaceutical field in the world. This includes large global biopharmaceutical companies, small-to-medium biotechnology companies, academic institutions or research institutions allied to human health.

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Our next Open Evening takes place on Thursday 7 September 2016, book your place today. 

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How to apply

We welcome applications from UK and international students with a wide range of qualifications and experience.

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50% off selected PG courses

We are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study, which is why we offer the Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship. This gives DMU graduates a tuition fee discount of up to 50 per cent on selected full-time and part-time postgraduate courses, based on academic achievement and merit. Find out more.

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The perfect way to find out more about DMU is to attend one of the postgraduate open evenings or events that take place all year round. If you can't visit the university in person, you can also sign up for one of our online chats. Find out more.

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De Montfort University (DMU)’s growing reputation for research which benefits society has been confirmed with the publication of the REF 2014 results. Find out more.

 
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