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Course summary

Do you want to develop the medicines of the future? Biopharmaceutical drugs are transforming the way we treat patients and fight global disease. Treatments comprise the use of biologically manufactured drugs, namely hormones, monoclonal antibodies, gene therapies and cell therapies. On this course you will receive specialised industry-relevant experience in addition to theoretical knowledge and hands-on training. Many pharmaceutical companies are currently expanding their biopharmaceutical capability, creating a demand for talented, well-trained people with the right skill-set. Designed, developed and delivered in partnership with Labcorp Drug Development (formerly known as Covance), this course will provide you with a springboard into a career in the biopharmaceutical industry or further research in an academic environment. On this course you will obtain industry-relevant training designed to fast-track talented scientists into the industry in addition to an integrated understanding of the full biological drug development pathway. As you amass a deep understanding of the regulatory framework you’ll learn from world-leading tutors, have the chance to combine your theoretical knowledge with practical training, and undertake a substantial research project. Coure highlights

  • This programme has received the prestigious Princess Royal Training Award 2020.
  • Designed to fast-track talented scientists into industry.
  • An integrated understanding of the full biological drug development pathway.
  • Focus on the discovery and development of large molecule drugs such as monoclonal antibodies, bio-similars, antibody-drug conjugates and gene therapies.
  • Gain extensive experience of team-based project planning.

Assessment method

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.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

International applicants

This course has a subject classification which requires students whose nationality is outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland to have an ATAS certificate, irrespective of country of residence at the point of application.

Further information can be found on the UK Government's website:

Entry requirements

Normally a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a (molecular) Biological Sciences subject, Bioprocessing or Biochemical Engineering, but relevant experience may be taken into account. In addition, applicants will need to demonstrate leadership potential, which might be evidenced from academic, sporting, volunteering or other professional experience.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5with no less than 6.0 in all components

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Fees are listed on our website:

Sponsorship information

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.

Biopharmaceutical Development at University of Leeds - UCAS