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.
On graduation, 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.
This courses shares a common first year with BSc (Hons) Biochemistry and BSc (Hons) Medicinal Chemistry, which allows you to easily change course at the end of the first year should ones of these science routes appeal to you
- You will be encouraged to apply for an optional 1-year placement between levels 2 and 3, working with multinationals such as GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca and Sanofi-Aventis or in a local laboratory
- 92% of BSc (Hons) Biopharmaceutical Sciences and BSc (Hons) Biopharmaceutical Sciences with Sandwich Year graduates are in employment, further study or training within six months of graduating, according to DLHE 2016/17 (based on full-time, first degree, home leavers)
- This unique course makes extensive use of the new advanced technology within the laboratory infrastructure within our Sciences Complex
- The University has over 100 years of expertise in teaching science
- Our Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmacy courses (which include BSc (Hons) Biopharmaceutical Sciences) are ranked 10th in the UK for The teaching on my course and are in the top 25% for Organisation and management, according to the National Student Survey 2018
Teaching methods include laboratory practical work, tutorials, lectures, seminars, group work and e-learning. We encourage you to develop independent study skills.
Assessments help provide feedback and consolidation as well as counting towards your degree. Assessment methods include laboratory reports, presentations, research essays and examinations.
Biopharmaceutical Science graduates have excellent employment rates as industrially-relevant practical skills are at the heart of the course.
Examples of companies that have employed our graduates include pharmaceutical multinationals and NHS laboratories.
The employability of Sunderland graduates reflects our mix of academic rigour and practical skills. To enhance this mix, we encourage you to apply to undertake a 48-week placement between your second and final year. It effectively becomes a third year of a four-year course.
They are an excellent opportunity to put your learning into practice and understand the context for your new knowledge. The contacts made during placements can also be valuable for future job offers.
We have well-established links with a number of pharmaceutical multinationals and NHS Trusts. Through these links, we organise a course of guest speakers who discuss the cutting edge of pharmaceutical research and development.
The course helps you relate academic theory to current trends and issues. It’s all part of broadening your learning so that you’re prepared not just for exams but for life.