Gain the knowledge and skills needed to develop your professional or academic career in pharmacology and biotechnology. You learn key skills needed to work on developing new treatments for diseases.
This course increases your knowledge and skills in pharmacology and biotechnology to increase your competitiveness in the job market or complete research at PhD level. If you are already employed, this course can help you to further your career prospects.
The course is delivered by internationally recognised academics who are involved in biotechnology and pharmacology research. Research projects include studying the manipulation of proteins and their application to Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, ion channels and the development of novel drugs from natural products.
You learn in detail how drugs act at the molecular and cellular level and then how biotechnological techniques are used to produce new drugs. Examples include developing new and effective treatments for diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and rheumatoid arthritis.
You also gain experience of the latest techniques used by the pharmaceutical industry to produce and study the effects of novel drugs.
The course gives you
• up-to-date knowledge of cellular and molecular pathology of various human diseases
• the basis of therapeutic rationales for treating diseases and their development
• an advanced understanding of recombinant DNA technology and how it is used to produce drugs
• experience of the latest practical techniques, such as cell culture, quantitative PCR analysis, cloning, western blotting, and analytical techniques such as HPLC and mass spectrometry
• the transferable and research skills to enable you to continue developing your knowledge and improve your employment potential.
2017 entry requirements
Normally one of the following
• a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in a biological subject, or equivalent
• a professional qualification of equivalent standing to the above, for example MIBiol by examination, FIMLS
• other qualifications such as an HND, HNC or unclassified degree in a biological subject plus significant relevant work experience
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. If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.
You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more
International and European entry qualifications
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.
Full time – September start – typically 12 months
Full time – January start – typically 12 months
Part time – September start – typically 24 months
Part time – January start – typically 24 months
Typical modules may include
The masters (MSc) award is achieved by successfully completing 180 credits.
Cell biology (15 credits)
Fundamentals of pharmacology (15 credits)
Molecular biology (15 credits)
Biotechnology (15 credits)
Professional development (15 credits)
New approaches to pharmacology (15 credits)
Research methods and statistics (15 credits)
Research project (60 credits)
Cellular and molecular basis of cancer (15 credits)
Pharmaceutical drug development (15 credits)
Human genomics and proteomics (15 credits)
The postgraduate certificate (PgCert) is achieved by successfully completing 60 credits.
|Assessment||Assessment is mostly by written examination and coursework including problem solving exercises, case studies and input from practical laboratory work. Research project assessment includes a written report and viva voce.|
The course improves your career prospects in areas of • biomedical sciences • medical research in universities and hospitals • the pharmaceutical industry • biotechnology companies • government research agencies.
You also develop the skills to carry out research to PhD level in pharmacology and biotechnology.
Recent MSc Pharmacology and Biotechnology graduates jobs include • project specialist at PAREXEL • quality assurance documentation assistant at Vifor Pharma • PhD at the University of Manchester • clinical research associate at AstraZeneca • workplace services analyst at Deloitte India (Offices of the US) • regulatory compliance specialist for Selerant • senior product executive at PlasmaGen BioSciences.
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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)
2016/17 academic year
Full-time – typically £6,300
Part-time – typically £2,100 a stage for PgCert, PgDip and MSc stages
Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are available across the majority of subject areas.
2017/18 academic year
Full-time – typically £6,400
Part-time – typically £2,135 a stage for PgCert, PgDip and MSc stages
2016/17 academic year
Typically £12,500 for the course
2017/18 academic year
Typically £13,250 for the course
Additional course costs
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