BioPharmaceutical Science

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 8.5k / Academic year(s) Foreign:$ 9.5k / Academic year(s)  
StudyQA ranking:1151 Duration:36 months

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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. As a result 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.

The University provides excellent facilities in our modern Sciences Complex. The quality of our analytical science equipment, and its quantity, is outstanding among UK universities.

Teaching at Sunderland is kept fully up-to-date through our strong links with employers who help guide the content of the course. 90% of our students are satisfied with the course and agree that ‘staff are good at explaining things’, according to the National Student Survey.

We encourage our students to undertake a year-long placement between the second and final years, although it is not compulsory. There may be possibilities of placements with multinationals such as GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca and Sanofi-Aventis, as well as with an NHS or biomedical clinical laboratory.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 15th January/October Tuition fee
  • GBP 8500 Year (EEA)
  • GBP 9500 Year (International)
Start date September 2015 15th Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Modules on this course include:Year 1 (national level 4)
  • Fundamentals of Biological and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (30 Credits)
  • Introduction to Analytical Science (30 Credits)
  • Physiology and Cell Biology (20 Credits)
  • Pharmaceutical Regulation (20 Credits)
  • Fundamentals of Experimental Preparation and Data Analysis (20 Credits)

Year 2 (national level 5)

  • Pharmaceutical Analysis (30 Credits)
  • Pharmaceutics (30 Credits)
  • Biologics and Small Molecule Chemistry (30 Credits)
  • Pharmaceutical Development (30 Credits)

Year 3

  • Work placement (optional)

Final Year (national level 6)

  • Advanced Analytical Science (30 Credits)
  • Metabolomics and Proteomics (30 Credits)
  • Advanced BioPharmaceutical Development and Formulation (30 Credits)
  • Research Project (30 Credits)
Part-time study

Part-time students study the same course as full-time students, just over a longer period of time. If you study this course on a part-time basis you will typically complete 40-80 credits in a year, rather than the 120 credits of full-time students. All modules are taught during the day time and you will be studying alongside full-time students.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 6 CAE score : 60(Grade C)

To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


Our typical offer will be in the region of 260 points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (for example 1 x AVCE double award) including chemistry. Please note we do not accept General Studies AS or A Level.

We accept a maximum of 20 points from Level 3 Key Skills qualifications.

We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication, Application of Number.

If you have already covered one or more of the topics covered by the course, and would like to apply for accreditation of prior learning (APL), please contact the course leader.

Other acceptable qualifications

BTEC National: 260 points from a relevant BTEC Certificate or Diploma, including Chemistry

Access Courses: We would require successful completion of an Access to Higher Education course that is accredited by the Quality Assurance Agency, to include Chemistry. We would also require a minimum of grade C in GCSE in Mathematics and English Language or the equivalent as part of your course.

Scottish Highers: Our typical offer is for 260 points which must include chemistry.

Irish Leaving Certificate: Our typical offer is for 260 points which must include chemistry.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship

    "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

  • Access Bursary

    Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

  • Alumni Bursary

    Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Sunderland.


Scholarships on offer include cash bursaries, reduced tuition fees, free accommodation and free public transport.

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