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Year of Entry 2019/20

Pharmacology and Biotechnology

Gain detailed knowledge of pharmacology and biotechnology – considering the research, industrial, commercial and medical aspects of the discipline.

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What is the fee? Home/EU: £7,200 for the course
International: £13,500 for the course
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September, January

Course summary

  • 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.

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.

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How you learn

Course leader, Alessandra Princivalle highlights the benefits of studying this unique course and the range of facilities at Sheffield Hallam University

You experience a vibrant, challenging and supportive range of learning activities as you progress through the course. The overall aim of the programme is to give you sound preparation for a career in microbiology.

Core to the program are practical classes where you gain experience in a range of the latest binding experiments 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 learn through

  • lectures and seminars
  • workshops and tutorials
  • laboratory classes
  • a research project

Course leaders and tutors

Alessandra Princivalle
Alessandra Princivalle
Senior Lecturer Pharmacology

I was appointed as Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University after completing a Laurea in Molecular Biology at the University of Milan (IT), and a Professional … Read more

Applied learning

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

In the final trimester, students' apply their skills to a two month research project based on a staff members' research interest into a current pharmacological or biotechnological application.

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 study at City Campus

City Campus

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

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

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

Entry requirements

All students

A 2:1 in a relevant Honours degree is normally accepted as the entry requirement for the course. Applicants with a 2:2 are also actively encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants with alternative qualifications with academic attainment or skills in subjects which are directly relevant to the course will also be considered

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


The elective modules shown below are examples of modules you may be able to choose from.

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Biotechnology Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 40%
Module: Cell Biology Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 50%
Module: Fundamentals Of Pharmacology Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 30%
Module: Molecular Biology Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 50%
Module: New Approaches To Pharmacology Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 30%
Module: Professional Development Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Research Methods And Statistics Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Research Project (Biosciences) Credits: 60.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 70%
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Biomedical Techniques Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Cellular And Molecular Basis Of Cancer Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 40%
Module: Human Genomics And Proteomics Credits: 15.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 50%

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £7,200 for the course.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £13,500 for the course.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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If you require an alternate version of the application form, please email directadmissions@shu.ac.uk.

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