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Biopharmaceuticals MSc

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Overview

The Biopharmaceuticals MSc is an advanced study programme that will provide chemical, life science and pharmacy graduates with the scientific knowledge and expertise in the areas of biopharmaceutical discovery and development needed for careers in the pharmaceutical industry, research institutes or regulatory authorities.


Key benefits

  • Links with the pharmaceutical industry in terms of visiting lecturers and site visits.
  • King's is ranked 4th in the world for Pharmacy & Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016)
  • Advanced study programme focusing on the discovery and development of biopharmaceuticals, therapeutic peptides, protein, monoclonal antibodies and nucleic acids.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT September to September.

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake 20 (approximately 10 FT, 10 PT).

Course leaders Dr Sukhi Bansal

Course contact for further information

 

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200

http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/contact-us.aspx i

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department Department of Pharmacy & Forensic Science

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Entry requirements & how to apply


Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Minimum 2:1 first degree in pharmacy, chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology or a related discipline or an overseas equivalent.

Application procedure

Your application will be assessed by the Programme Director, who will consult other members of the academic staff involved in teaching the programme. We aim to process all applications within two to three weeks, following receipt of the required information. However, between May and July, and during holiday periods, applications may take longer to process.  You are welcome to telephone the Programme Director to discuss your application and/or arrange a visit to the department.

Personal statement and supporting information

Please give any information you consider relevant to your application not mentioned elsewhere on the form, eg appropriate industrial experience or work placements; research projects undertaken; why this particular programme appeals to you in relation to your future career aspirations.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications for September 2017 entry is 31st March 2017. After this date, programmes will remain open if places are available, and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.

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Course detail

Description

The Biopharmaceuticals MSc course is an interdepartmental study programme that combines the study of pharmaceutical technology, pharmaceutical analysis and quality control to provide you with an advanced understanding of pharmaceutical sciences. You will have the opportunity to specialise in a more biological aspect of the pharmaceutical sciences with an emphasis on drug metabolism and biochemical toxicology.

Initially, you will explore Principles of Drug Delivery and Drug Disposition, Core Analytical Sciences, Advanced Analytical Techniques, Numerical Methods and Regulatory Affairs as well as Biopharmaceuticals Discovery and Development modules before completing a Research Project and Dissertation worth 60 credits.

You must study modules with a minimum total of 180 credits to complete the programme.

Further literature

Programme prospectus

Course format and assessment

Teaching

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

Lectures

160 hours

Laboratory classes and tutorials

160 hours

Research project

Six months

Self-directed study

40 hours a week

 Assessment

You are assessed through a combination of the following methods:

  • Laboratory assessment (30%)
  • Written examination (70%)
  • Research project:
    • Production of research paper (50%)
    • Literature review (20%)
    • Poster (10%)
    • Laboratory record (10%)
    • Laboratory performance (10%)

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect.

Structure

  • Required Modules

    • Principles of Drug Delivery and Drug Disposition (30 credits)
    • Biopharmaceuticals: Development (30 credits)
    • Biopharmaceuticals: Discovery (30 credits)
    • Research Project (60 credits)
    • Core Analytical Science (15 credits)
    • Advanced Analytical Techniques, Numerical Methods and Regulatory Affairs (15 credits)

    King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest that you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates. http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/index.aspx

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Career prospects

Recent graduates have gone on to work in research and development laboratories in the Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Industries. Employers include Pfizer, GSK and Novartis and small Biotech companies.  Overseas students have returned to similar positions in their home countries.  Other graduates choose to continue to study towards a PhD.

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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£10,950 p.a. (2017/18)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£22,800 p.a. (2017/18)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£5,475 p.a. (2017/18)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£11,400 p.a. (2017/18)*

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee. 

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

 Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

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