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Biopharmaceuticals MSc

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The Biopharmaceuticals MSc is an advanced study course 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 and biotech 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 9th in the world for Pharmacy & Pharmacology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018).

  • Advanced study course 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 two years PT

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

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

Course leaders Professor Paul Long

Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office

tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/contact-us.aspx

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine

Department School of Cancer & Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Course detail

Description

This course was designed to address the growing needs of the Biotech industry.  The Biopharmaceuticals MSc course is an interdisciplinary course of study with the aim of developing medicines for the future. The subject areas will include drug delivery & disposition and pharmaceuticals analysis followed by more specialised studies on the discovery of peptides, proteins and antibody therapeutics and their development into medicines.

An integral component of the course is a laboratory research dissertation worth 60 credits where you will work in a research laboratory involved with independent research supervised by experts in the field.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

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

Lectures

160 hours

Laboratory classes and tutorials

160 hours

Research project

6 months

Self-directed study

40 hours a week

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

 Assessment

You are assessed through a combination of the following methods:

  • laboratory assessment 

  • written examination 

  • research project:laboratory record and performance 

    • production of research paper 
    • literature review 
    • poster 

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

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.

Extra information

Location

This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Waterloo Campus. Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.
Required Modules

You are required to take:

Part time students will study Principles of Drug Delivery & Disposition (30 credits) and Biopharmaceuticals: Development (30 credits ) in Year 1 and the remaining modules in Year 2.

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

Optional Modules

Entry requirements & how to apply

Biopharmaceuticals Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements 2:1

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

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. 

International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £60 applies.

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

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Document checklist
Personal statement Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required. 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. 
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.

 

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline is the 29 March 2019.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: £12,300 per year (2019/20)
  • Full time overseas fees: £25,500 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: £6,150 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time overseas fees: £12,750 per year(2019/20)

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

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

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 2019, payment is due by 27th April 2019.

  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2019 and 30th June 2019, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2019 and 31st July 2019, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2019, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • books if you choose to buy your own copies

  • clothing for optional course related events and competitions

  • library fees and fines

  • personal photocopies

  • printing course handouts

  • society membership fees

  • stationery

  • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

  • graduation costs.

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

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

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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