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Course starts: 12 October 2020Apply now
The course covers drug delivery systems for large molecules such as proteins, genes and anticancer drugs that offer innovative ways to improve the health and wellbeing of our society. It also covers advanced formulations and delivery of small drug molecules, and there is a focus on nanotechnology, dosage forms, pharmacokinetics and data analysis.
This course is particularly relevant if you plan to undertake a PhD in the area of pharmaceutical sciences, biopharmaceuticals or drug delivery. It is also suitable if you are considering, or already involved in, a career in pharmaceutical-related industries, hospitals or research institutions.
We will be continuing our high standard of teaching and provision of a great student experience while you train and prepare for your future. In academic year 2020/21, we have decided to adopt a hybrid teaching approach of online and tutorial-based teaching that will be supplemented by focused on-campus seminars and laboratory practical classes in our outstanding Science Complex teaching facilities.
Your learning will also be complemented by problem-based learning activities that will ensure you are able to fully engage with your teaching and your peer-group. This hybrid learning approach will enable us to ensure that your time on campus is as safe as possible. Minimising the number of students and staff on campus will enable us to continue to provide essential skills-based sessions, while still adhering to Government guidance on social distancing.
We will be conducting risk assessments for all laboratory sessions and new appropriate measures will be taken, and our dedicated technical and facilities teams will be ensuring deep cleaning of each teaching space takes place before and after each scheduled session, for your safety.
Staff are spending the summer preparing for your arrival and we look forward to meeting you in October for the next step on your journey to a great future at the University of Sunderland.
We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, seminars, problem-based learning, laboratory work, group work and visits to relevant companies. We also welcome guest speakers from the pharmaceutical industry who deliver guest lectures and seminars.
Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working. Assessment methods include written examinations, online tests and coursework, which includes oral and poster presentations.
Essential study skills, dosage forms and pharmacokinetics (30 credits)
- You will cover different types of dosage forms, advanced physiology, preformulation, pharmacokinetics and quality control tests. You will also cover research design and methodology, good manufacturing practice, laboratory safety standards, ethics in research, and organisational and communication skills.
Delivering Gene and Therapeutic Proteins (30 credits)
- You will gain an overview of advances in biotechnology, protein purification, gene, protein and vaccine delivery. You will also gain essential background knowledge for evaluation and advanced analysis of protein formulations.
Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology (30 credits)
- In this module you will cover the formulation of nanoparticles, chemotherapeutics, polymer therapeutics, drug eluting stent development and drug delivery via the nose and inhalation. It will also cover the skills for writing and presenting posters and managing mini research projects.
Bioinformatics (30 credits)
- You will study computational and statistical methods used in chemical analysis and quality control.
Research Project (60 credits)
- You will complete a research project under the supervision of a recognised expert in the relevant field. You may have the opportunity to complete the project in collaboration with a pharmaceutical company.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
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We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification, for example; a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
If English is not your first language we will require an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall score of 6.0 and at least 5.5 or higher in each component: reading, writing, listening and speaking. An alternative approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) can also be considered if the applicant's element scores are equivalent to those required for IELTS.
The annual fee for this course is:
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
The Skills Boost North East Discount is a 20% waiver on the full cost of course fees for postgraduate taught Masters courses for any worker who has been furloughed, has been made redundant, or is likely to be made redundant and who has a local connection to the North East region. Read more about the discount.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
Sunderland is well-regarded by employers in the pharmaceutical sector. We have worked with GSK for over 20 years. Salaries for senior pharmacologists range from £35,000 to around £80,000. Clinical laboratory scientists earn an average of £36,000.
On completing this course you will be equipped with the skills and understanding needed for research and development roles with employers such as:
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