The course is 12-months long, taught on campus at the University of Leeds. It aims to provide students with an understanding of the many functions that contribute to the discovery and development of a successful drug and how they are coordinated and integrated to bring new drugs to market in a timely and economic fashion.
The course is co-taught by academics and qualified industry professionals, both working at the forefront of their fields in the areas of science that support drug development. You will therefore be exposed to learning that emphasises how knowledge is being applied in an industrial context. You will have the opportunity to develop a strong skills set valued by industry and academia, including problem-solving strong communication and teamwork skills delivered through novel learning and teaching modes such as delivering reports to clients and regulators and ability to conduct experimental research.
The course content focuses on the discovery and development of large molecule drugs: monoclonal antibodies like Herceptin, bio-similars antibody-drug conjugates and gene therapies. 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):
Combined with this will be hands-on practical training that runs throughout semester 1 and 2 covering techniques and technologies that are commonly used in the discovery and development of biological drugs, including protein purification, characterisation, formulation and assessment of binding function and the use of cell-based assays to look at drug potency.
Added to these components is a substantial research project conducted within the laboratories of the Faculty of Biological Sciences. The project will be linked to developing biopharmaceuticals providing training in how to undertake research in this field. Examples of project areas include:
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
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
Bioscience MSc Research Project
Learning and teaching
The learning and teaching on the course has been constructed to prepare you to work in industry or academia.
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 and practical classes.
You’ll use real-life, industry and academic case studies exclusively to illustrate theoretical and practical concepts and will have multiple opportunities to work in teams, including the opportunity to lead a team. A wide range of ‘authentic’ assignments will be used that you will experience in the workplace including submissions to regulatory authorities, client reports and presentations to industry panel members.
There are no exams, all the assessment is performed by in-course assignments including a dissertation report arising from the research project work.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.