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.
Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, supervised project and group work and resource-based learning.
Assessment is carried out through reports, seminar presentations and time-constrained tests.
On completion of the first year, you will move from Sunderland College to the University of Sunderland to complete the remaining three years of the course.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
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The entry requirements for this course are lower than for BSc (Hons) BioPharmaceutical Science.
You will need an A Level (or equivalent) in chemistry and three passes at GCSE grade C, including Maths and English, or the equivalent. 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.
The first year of this course is taught at Sunderland College, and the fee is £8,200 if you are from the UK / EU. However you will be eligible for a £1,200 fee waiver scholarship. This means that you will only pay a tuition fee of £7000 in the first year of the extended programme.
From year 2 you will study at the University of Sunderland. The tuition fee for year 2, 3 and 4 will be £9,250 per year - the same as for BioPharmaceutical Science.
If, after completing year 1, you are offered a place on the Master in Pharmacy, the course will last for four years, and the fee will be £9,250 for each of the four years.
We are unable to accept international applicants for this course.
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.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
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.
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.
Placements 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.
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.