• Application Deadline
  • 12 months


With a high practical content, the Pharmaceutical Biotechnology programme from De Montfort University reviews the process from start to finish (from pre-clinical studies, to clinic, through to marketing), preparing you for work in an industrial or academic setting and giving you an opportunity to gain employment in the global biopharmaceutical field.

Reasons to study Pharmaceutical Biotechnology at DMU:

  • Globally, pharmaceutical biotechnology courses are rare and no other course offers such a broad scope; you will develop a truly diverse range of skills
  • Suitable for direct undergraduate progression, as well as for experienced professionals in the sector and international students
  • Study an inter-disciplinary subject, based on the teaching/research expertise of our experienced practitioner and research-based staff, who themselves have interests in many specialist fields
  • Benefits from major investment in state-of-the-art laboratories and specialist equipment at par to that used in industry. This includes an, atomic force microscope, an electron microscope, fluorescence microscopes/plate-readers, mass spectrometers, fermentation units and tissue culture suites
  • Our range of specialist modules means you receive up-to-date subject matter on multiple protein expression systems for production of diverse biopharmaceuticals, encompassing a range of platform technologies, also focussing on the role of proteins as therapeutic agents and as tools for the identification of such agents
  • Numerous international and UK/EU students have benefitted from this established course and progressed to PhD studies and/or global relevant employment in the biotech sector
  • Benefit from a combination of unique academic expertise across three faculties: Health and Life Sciences, Technology, and Business and Law. This enables you to share one core module with students on a Master of Business Administration (MBA), broadening understanding around the importance of business in this area
  • Our reputation of more than 104 years’ pharmacy teaching ensures we produce graduates of the highest calibre 

Graduate careers

This course has been designed to give you a competitive advantage in gaining employment in any biopharmaceutical field in the world. This includes large global biopharmaceutical companies, small-to-medium biotechnology companies, academic institutions or research institutions allied to human health.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Biopharmaceuticals and Molecular Toxicology
  • Microbial Fermentation/ Downstream Processing, Drug Development 
  • Gene Cloning, Expression and Analysis
  • Bioinformatics 
  • Business Creation & Innovation 
  • Research Methods 
  • Research Dissertation

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
    • PgCert: 60 credits
    • PgDip: 120 credits
    • MSc: 180 credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • An honours degree (2:2 minimum) in a relevant subject such as in a bioscience or science including pharmacy, biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, chemical engineering, chemistry, microbiology or molecular biology (or equivalent)
  • Alternatively, a portfolio of professional and/or academic qualifications of equivalent standing to an honours degree

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14100 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6700 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Leicester

  • 751 - 1430 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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