The course is 20-months long, with the first 6 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.
At least half of the teaching is delivered by industrialists, with the remainder delivered by academics expert in different parts of the industrial process drawn from 4 faculties of the university (Biological Sciences, Business School, Engineering, Medicine & Health). The curriculum is covered with seminars, tutorials, field trips and a series of substantial projects performed by the students in teams.
The taught modules on this course will provide you with an understanding of the full biological drug development focusing on each of the major steps of the process (as demonstrated in the Biopharmaceutical Pathway image):
- pre-clinical testing
- clinical trials
- market access and
- the regulatory and legal aspects framework that ensure safe practice and the development of safe and effective medicines.
Work placement: an integral part of your training
The second half of your programme is an industrial placement assignment. This is a 12-month guaranteed work and research experience in industry or placement hosted within the university research laboratories developed and co-supervised with industry. Students can expect to earn up to £20,000 over the duration of their placement.
The placements will all include a practical research project where you will gain in-depth practical experience of at least one technical function of the drug development process (discovery, manufacturing, pre-clinical testing, clinical safety and efficacy).
We are continuously growing our placement provider portfolio across the UK, previous placement opportunities have been held with:
You will commence your project in May, six-months after the start of the programme and will be completed by the following April. Graduation is scheduled immediately thereafter, making you available for employment immediately after your placement.
Find out more about the modules you will study.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Biopharmaceutical Development MSc Full Time in the course catalogue
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Biopharmaceutical Development MSc Part Time in the course catalogue
Biopharmaceutical Development Pathway
Biopharmaceutical Drug Discovery and Non-clinical testing
Biopharmaceutical Development: Clinical
Commercialising Biopharmaceutical Products
Integrated Drug Development Plan
Practical Skills for a Regulatory Environment
Learning and teaching
The learning and teaching on the course has been constructed to align with activities performed in industry, preparing you to be work-ready immediately after you finish.
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.
This course will challenge you to think creatively, solve problems and develop strong communication and teamwork skills. You’ll experience a wide range of teaching methods, including formal lectures, interactive workshops, practical classes and industry site visits.
You’ll extensively use of real-life, industry specific case studies to illustrate theoretical and practical concepts and multiple opportunities to work in teams, including the opportunity to lead a team. A wide range of ‘authentic’ assessments will be used that students will experience in the workplace including submissions to regulatory authorities, client reports and presentations to industry panel members.