Taught course

Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

De Montfort University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

You should have the equivalent of a UK Bachelor's degree (2:2 minimum) in a relevant subject such as in a bioscience or science including biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, chemical engineering, chemistry, microbiology, molecular biology, medicine, physics, or veterinary science. Alternatively, a portfolio of professional and/or academic qualifications of equivalent standing to an Honours degree is acceptable.

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. Free English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council-accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available before and throughout the course.


Months of entry


Course content

The course provides a response to the rapidly expanding field in the mode of discovery and production of biopharmaceuticals and addresses the lack of pertinent skills in the workforce. It has a large practical content, preparing graduates to quickly enter industrial settings and offers a unique 'bench to bedside' approach - from understanding the development of biopharmaceutical treatments to verification for non-toxicity required prior to clinical trials. The course encompasses many manufacturing systems (i.e. bacteria, baker's yeast, insect, plant and mammalian cells) used for commercial production of biopharmaceuticals and has a strong focus on practical aspects of pharmaceutical industry applications.

Example Course modules :

  • Biopharmaceuticals and Molecular Toxicology
  • Microbial Fermentation/ Downstream Processing, Drug Development
  • Gene Cloning, Expression and Analysis
  • Bioinformatics Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

HLS Admissions
+44 (0)116 257 7700