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International/EU: £16,385 for the course
- 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.
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.
'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
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How you learn
Your lecturer's view
All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.
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
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.
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:
- Eli Lilly
- 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 through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.
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 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
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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.
For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.
Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.
|Module: Advanced Laboratory And Research Practice||Credits: 30||
|Module: Applied Laboratory Practice||Credits: 15||
|Module: Biotechnological Approaches To Pharmacology||Credits: 15||
|Module: Cell Biology||Credits: 15||
|Module: Fundamentals Of Pharmacology||Credits: 15||
|Module: Molecular Biology And Biotechnology||Credits: 15||
|Module: Research Project||Credits: 60||
|Module: Biopharmaceuticals And Drug Discovery||Credits: 15||
|Module: Cellular And Molecular Basis Of Cancer||Credits: 15||
|Module: Genomics And Proteomics||Credits: 15||
|Module: Translational Research||Credits: 15||
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2023/24 is £9,910 for the course. The fee quoted on the online prospectus is for the whole course. Where a course is to be taken over more than one year, then the course fees are divided into annual fees through a financial calculation to which a rounding mechanism is applied. This can sometimes mean that there is a nominal variation between the quoted fee from the prospectus and the fee charged to the student. There are some circumstances in which a student taking a break in study or engaging in retakes may be charged an additional fee, which should be notified to them at the time.
† 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.
Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2023/24 is £16,385 for the course. The fee quoted on the online prospectus is for the whole course. Where a course is to be taken over more than one year, then the course fees are divided into annual fees through a financial calculation to which a rounding mechanism is applied. This can sometimes mean that there is a nominal variation between the quoted fee from the prospectus and the fee charged to the student. There are some circumstances in which a student taking a break in study or engaging in retakes may be charged an additional fee, which should be notified to them at the time.
Postgraduate student loans
Up to £11,222 available for Home students on most masters courses.
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.Additional costs for Biosciences and chemistry courses (PDF, 238KB)
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