BSc in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (Sandwich)
Queen's University of Belfast - Medical Faculty
Belfast, United Kingdom
GBP 4,710 / per year
Earliest start date
The pharmaceutical industry in the UK has a greater impact on the UK economy than any other high-tech industry. Employing 73,000 people, of whom around 27,000 are directly involved in research and development (R&D), the pharmaceutical industry offers graduates a chance to play an important role in the development of new medicines with employment opportunities existing at all stages of the drug development process. The BSc in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (Sandwich) degree is designed to create students who are the next generation of pharmaceutical scientists, able to work in all stages of the drug development process as part of a multi-disciplinary research team.
Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (Sandwich) Degree Highlights
We are recognized for our excellence in teaching and our international reputation in research
Graduates may be involved in any aspect of drug product development and the School of Pharmacy has world-leading academics that are fully engaged with leading industrial partners tackling global health problems.
Academics teaching in our BSc degree programs are leading subject experts and work with major multinational pharmaceutical companies. These include GSK, Eli Lilly, Teva, Astra Zeneca, Reckitt Benckiser, Almac, Capsugel, and many others.
World Class Facilities
The McClay Research Centre for Pharmaceutical Sciences provides extensive state-of-the-art facilities for research, supported by well-equipped pharmaceutical engineering, analytical, molecular biology, advanced microscopy, tissue culture, and microbiology laboratories.
Internationally Renowned Experts
The BSc degree in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (Sandwich) is taught by world-leading academics. Research within the School is both fundamental and applied and is supported by a broad range of funders including government, charitable, and multi-national industry sources.
Scholarships and Funding
We offer prestigious, competitive scholarships of up to 50% off tuition fees to new international students. You must have an offer to study a full-time course with us in 2023 to apply for a scholarship. Find out more by contacting the university.
During your course of study, you will develop breadth and depth in the skills, knowledge, and experiences required for success in your future career. Both degree programs have been developed in consultation with industry and involve a broad syllabus covering the design, evaluation, production, and testing of medicines.
All students take five modules: The first module provides an introduction to pharmaceutical microbiology, including aspects of disinfection and sterilization, with a second module providing an introduction to the principles of physical and analytical chemistry which are of importance to pharmaceutical systems. The third module addresses the mathematical and statistical skills that are needed by pharmaceutical scientists to work effectively in the industrial sector, and other related areas.
A chemistry module covers important aspects of organic and bio-organic chemistry, including structure determination, chemical reactivity, and the chemical mechanisms involved in making molecules.
Finally, a physiology module covers the principles of general physiology and histology as well as an introduction to systematic pathophysiology.
This year provides further development and understanding of the basic/fundamental sciences related to pharmaceutical sciences and pharmaceutical biotechnology.
Two modules are studied; the first covers the basic principles of drug action and the second is concerned with medicinal substances and the analytical methods used to determine the relationships between structure and function of drug molecules.
Pharmaceutical Biotechnology students undertake a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology module (20 CATS) and a Pharmaceutical Formulation module (20 CATS).
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology provides students with a comprehensive understanding of major human metabolic processes. They will also gain a detailed understanding of innate and adaptive immunity whilst Pharmaceutical Formulation is concerned with the formulation of pharmaceutical drug products.
* In the sandwich program, the third year will be spent on a work placement in the industry, during which you will participate in a real-world project in the working environment for a minimum of 48 weeks.
The final year of each of these degree programs builds upon the knowledge gained and skills developed in the first two years, and provides further specialization in key areas, allowing graduates to work successfully within the industrial sector.
Modules studied in the final year cover the following areas which include the design of large and small molecules, advanced delivery systems for these active ingredients, and their associated pharmaceutical analysis. Those specializing in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology study biological approaches to disease treatment and prevention and applied biotechnology and regulatory affairs.
Students also carry out a research project in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology.
Year Out (Sandwich)
All students will spend a minimum of 46 weeks in a work placement during which they will carry out some project-type work. Students will begin preparations for the placement in the first semester of Level 2 and the placement will be assessed within the module Professional Studies.
Program Tuition Fee
Studying for a BSc in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology degree at Queen‘s will assist students in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organizations and academic institutions.
Placements provide an opportunity to supplement formal University education with invaluable industrial experience and present an opportunity to form strong links with potential employers. Moreover, this will help students develop vital skills, improve their employability and ultimately help them become more aware of the global pharmaceutical community and their connection to it. The School of Pharmacy has also introduced a range of other activities to support successful employability post-degree. These include industrial visits to local pharmaceutical industries, employability workshops, writing CVs and job applications, psychometric tests, and interview preparation techniques.
The prospects of employment for a graduate with a BSc in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (Sandwich) degree in the UK are high. Graduates can pursue careers in the pharmaceutical and medical devices industry. Opportunities also exist in areas relating to research and development, manufacturing and supply, and commercial or support functions.
Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports, and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognized by a world-leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.