Biopharmaceutical Science BSc (Hons)

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Immerse yourself in the challenging field of drug discovery and development. Study the development of new drugs, the discovery of diagnostic markers of disease and the assurance of safety, quality and efficacy of manufactured drugs.

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Overview

The course puts you at the forefront of recent trends in pharmaceutical research, in which increasing numbers of drugs are coming from large biopharmaceutical molecules.

On graduation, you can look forward to a wide range of career opportunities in a large and growing industry. Over a quarter of all industrial research in the UK is performed by pharmaceutical companies.

Why us?

  • You will be encouraged to apply for an optional 1-year placement between levels 2 and 3, working with multinationals such as GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca and Sanofi-Aventis or in a local laboratory
  • 100% of our BSc (Hons) Biopharmaceutical Science graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2015/16 (based on UK students)
  • This unique course makes extensive use of the new advanced technology within the laboratory infrastructure within our Sciences Complex
  • The University has over 100 years of expertise in teaching science

Course structure

Teaching methods include laboratory practical work, tutorials, lectures, seminars, group work and e-learning. We encourage you to develop independent study skills.

Assessments help provide feedback and consolidation as well as counting towards your degree. Assessment methods include laboratory reports, presentations, research essays and examinations.

Modules on this course include:

Year 1 (national level 4):

  • Fundamentals of Biological and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (30 credits)
  • Introduction to Analytical Science (30 credits)
  • Physiology and Cell Biology (20 credits)
  • Pharmaceutical Regulation (20 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Experimental Preparation and Data Analysis (20 credits)

 

Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.

Year 2 (national level 5):

  • Pharmaceutical Analysis (30 credits)
  • Pharmaceutics (30 credits)
  • Biologics and Small Molecule Chemistry (30 credits)
  • Pharmaceutical Development (30 credits) 

 

Year 3

  • Optional year on placement in the Pharmaceutical industry

 

Final year (national level 6)

  • Advanced Analytical Science (30 credits)
  • Metabolomics and Proteomics (30 credits)
  • Advanced Biopharmaceutical Development and Formulation (30 credits)
  • Research Project (30 credits)

Fleming Building,
Sciences Complex,
City Campus,
Sunderland,
SR1 3QN

54.905486,-1.392264

  • Our new analytical suite contains equipment which is industry-standard for modern clinical and pharmaceutical laboratories.

    Our state-of-the-art spectroscopic facility allows us to investigate the structures of new molecules and potential medicinal substances. We are equipped with Liquid Chromatography-Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Mass Spectroscopy (LCNMR/MS) platforms; this is an exceptional facility for a university. We also have low and high resolution mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance and elemental analysis equipment.

    Our facilities allow you to gain hands-on experience of a wide range of analytical techniques such as atomic absorption spectroscopy and infra-red spectroscopy, which are of great importance in determining both ionic/metal content of pharmaceuticals and simple chemical structures. You will also gain experience of revolutionary protein and DNA separation techniques, as well as Ultra High Performance Liquid Chromatography and Gas Chromatography for separating unknown chemical mixtures.

    Facilities for chemistry
  • Our highly technical apparatus will help you gain a better understanding of the effects of drugs on specific receptors located throughout the human body and related physiological effects.

    In addition to equipment for standard pharmacopoeial tests, such as dissolution testing, friability and disintegration, we also have highly sophisticated test methods. These include rheometry, thermal analysis (differential scanning calorimetry and hot stage microscopy), tests for powder flow, laser diffraction, photon correlation spectroscopy, image analysis and laser confocal microscopy.

    We also have equipment for wet granulation, spray drying, capsule filling, tablet making, mixing inhalation, film coating and freeze drying.

    Facilities for pharmaceutics and pharmacology
  • We’ve got thousands of books and e-books on pharmaceutical and biomedical science, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic and industry articles.
    Some of the most important sources for your studies include:

    • Embase: A complex database covering drug research, pharmacology, pharmaceutics, toxicology, clinical and experimental human medicine, health policy and management, public health, occupational health, environmental health, drug dependence and abuse, psychiatry, forensic medicine and biomedical engineering/instrumentation
    • PsycINF: Includes information about the psychological aspects of medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, pharmacology and physiology
    • PubMed: Contains life science journals, online books and abstracts that cover fields such as medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine and health care
    • Science Direct: Offers more than 18,000 full-text journals published by Elsevier
    • Web of Science: Covers a broad range of science areas
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Facilities

This course is based in the Sciences Complex at our City Campus, which boasts excellent laboratories and cutting-edge equipment thanks to multi-million pound investments.

Entry requirements

Our typical offer is 112 UCAS points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (e.g. 1 x AVCE double award) which must include chemistry. Please note we do not accept General Studies AS or A Level.

We accept a maximum of 6 points from Level 3 Key Skills qualifications.

We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication, Application of Number. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.

Fees and finance

The annual fee for this course is:

  • £9,250 if you are from the UK / EU
  • £10,750 if you are an international student

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

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Employment

Biopharmaceutical Science graduates have excellent employment rates as industrially-relevant practical skills are at the heart of the course.

Examples of companies that have employed our graduates include pharmaceutical multinationals and NHS laboratories.

Placements

The employability of Sunderland graduates reflects our mix of academic rigour and practical skills. To enhance this mix, we encourage you to apply to undertake a 48-week placement between your second and final year. It effectively becomes a third year of a four-year course.

They are an excellent opportunity to put your learning into practice and understand the context for your new knowledge. The contacts made during placements can also be valuable for future job offers. In addition, you will be eligible for a City and Guilds Licentiateship that will recognise personal achievement and the application of professional knowledge in the workplace.

Guest speakers

We have well-established links with a number of pharmaceutical multinationals and NHS Trusts. Through these links, we organise a programme of guest speakers who discuss the cutting edge of pharmaceutical research and development.

The programme helps you relate academic theory to current trends and issues. It’s all part of broadening your learning so that you’re prepared not just for exams but for life.

 

  • The very high standard of the laboratories and equipment was a real factor in choosing Sunderland.
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