The MSc Advanced Pharmaceutical Biotechnology programme will focus on providing a multidisciplinary education by bringing together academic staff from relevant disciplines. This approach will be aimed at enhancing student training through the use of innovative and flexible teaching methods, utilisation of the latest teaching technologies and an interdisciplinary curriculum.

Advanced Pharmaceutical Biotechnology highlights

World Class Facilities

  • The School of Pharmacy at Queen's is acknowledged as a leading centre for Pharmacy teaching and research in the UK, consistently featuring at or near the top of league tables for the subject.

Student Experience

  • The School has strong international links as well as a great community spirit.

Course content

Course Structure

Bio-entrepreneurship and Advanced Skills
This module help students appreciate the issues around starting up a new business in this sector. The module also provides students with further insight into fundamental aspects of research, such as writing grant applications, scientific papers and literature reviews; skills which will be foundational to many of their future careers.
Chemical, Biochemical and Spectroscopic Analytical Methods
This module focuses on how active pharmaceutical ingredients and excipients are analysed, teaching students extensively about aspects of qualitative and quantitative methods. Students are exposed to real world examples, using pharmacopoeial monographs and standard operating procedures to relate analytical concepts to quality standards in an industrial setting.
Foundations for Research in the Biosciences
This module enables students to develop master’s-level research proposals and grasp the importance of various considerations, from statistical analysis to ethical issues, when designing scientific experiments.
Literature Review
Building on the knowledge of how to conduct a literature review. This Module gives students the opportunity to conduct a literature review in an area of pharmaceutical biotechnology.
Quality Assurance and Quality Control in the Pharmaceutical Industry
Quality Assurance and Quality Control in the Pharmaceutical Industry gives students an overview of the quality standards governing the release and authorisation of pharmaceuticals internationally. Students are introduced to the role of a Quality Control scientist, and the importance of product registration and documentation (including standard operating procedures) using pharmaceutical case studies.
Research Project
This module provides students with an opportunity to apply the scientific knowledge, concepts and approaches they have acquired in the other modules. Through supervision by academic experts in their subject area, students will have a rich experience, using world-class facilities and equipment to gain important research skills that are highly sought after in the pharmaceutical sector.

Career Prospects

Professional Opportunities
Students will benefit from learning from academic staff who are at the forefront of pharmaceutical sciences and working with industry partners can prepare MSc students for a future career within the sector.

Learning and Teaching

Learning opportunities associated with this course are outlined below:

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We provide a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society and make use of innovative technologies and a world-class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners.

Across a combination of morning and afternoon classes, examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are lectures, practical laboratory experiences, self-directed study and supervised research work to enhance employability.



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Continuous assessment of coursework, examinations, and assessment of modules based solely on submitted work related to private individual study.

Entry Requirements

Entrance requirements

A 2:1 Honours degree in Chemistry, Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biological Sciences or closely allied subject, or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.

The School of Pharmacy reserves the right to interview applicants or review the content of their previous qualifications to ensure suitability to enter the programme.

Please note that admission to the MSc Advanced Pharmaceutical Biotechnology course is restricted to graduates from the China Queen’s College (CQC), Shenyang.


For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

Northern Ireland (NI) £5,500
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £5,500
Other (non-UK) EU £5,500
International £19,600

All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2018-19 and relate to one year of study only. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

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Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs. If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

Advanced Pharmaceutical Biotechnology costs

There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.

How do I fund my study?

From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.

A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

More information on funding options and financial assistance.

International Scholarships

Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

How to Apply

Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

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Terms and Conditions
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Queen's University Belfast Terms and Conditions 2018 Entry.

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