Innovative therapies such as novel vaccines, immunotherapies, gene and cell therapy are examples of strategies used in a growing field of academic research and the biotech industry. In our Master's Programme in Biopharmaceuticals, you will follow the entire life cycle of biopharmaceuticals, from design to production, testing and usage. The programme provides you with a foundation for future academic research or biotech industrial career paths.
Why this programme?
Biopharmaceuticals allow the treatment of previously difficult-to-treat targets, but the increased complexity comes with its own set of problems. The design and production of biological drugs differ from small molecular drugs, and you will study different strategies and the limitations and possibilities of these.
Through the courses in this Master's programme you will learn about:
production of recombinant proteins
in silico analysis of biologics
pre-clinical and clinical testing
regulatory approval procedures
The programme is run in collaboration with biotech companies in Sweden and will have dedicated mentoring moments throughout the programme.
The programme is run by active researchers at the Faculty of Pharmacy at Uppsala University. It is closely tied to world-renowned research groups within the field of peptide and protein drugs, pharmaceutical modulations and proteomics at Uppsala University. Read more about ongoing research in our departments:
Department of Pharmacy - research
Department of Pharmaceutical biosciences research
The programme will consist of 30-50 national and international students. The students in the programme will hold a Bachelor's degree in pharmaceutical sciences, cell biology, biotechnology, physiology, biomedicine, chemistry or biology. This allows you to learn from and build a network of people with different nationalities and a wide range of experience from diverse fields.
The programme leads to a Master of Pharmaceutical Science (120 credits) with Drug Discovery and Development as the main field of study.
In the first year, you will attend mandatory courses, starting off with a foundation course covering relevant topics aimed to give all students the same starting point for the programme. You will read courses on design, life cycle analysis, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of biopharmaceuticals. You will also learn methods for pre-clinical testing of biological drugs, techniques for in silico analysis of biopharmaceuticals and strategies and methods for production.
During the second year, you will be able to choose courses, either from recommended tracks focused on production, test design or regulatory aspects of biologics or free from relevant courses at the University. Finally, you will do your master thesis for either 30 or 45 credits within a research group at Uppsala University or another University, a regulatory body or at a biotech company.
Courses within the programme
Year 1 Orientation course for Biopharmaceuticals, 7.5 credits Biologics, 7.5 credits Life cycle analysis of Biopharmaceuticals, 7.5 credits Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of biologics, 7.5 credits Pharmaceutical protein drug development, 7.5 credits Development of biologicals, 7.5 credits Proteomics for drug development, 7.5 credits Computer based pharmaceutical modelling, 7.5 credits
Year 2 Elective courses for 15 or 30 credits - either from recommended tracks or other suitable courses at the University. Master's thesis for either 45 or 30 credits.
Teaching occasions will be in the form of lectures, practical projects, case studies and seminars. Practical exercise sessions are often connected directly to ongoing research in different labs or from the recent scientific literature.
Our lecturers are active researchers in their respective fields, associated with academic research, the biotech industry or working closely with biologics in the clinic.
The programme is taught entirely in English and will run on campus in Uppsala.
The pharmaceutical industry is in constant demand for new and enthusiastic graduates with an in-depth knowledge of the biological drug discovery and development process. This Master's programme will provide you with an excellent platform to pursue a career in, for example:
PhD studies in medicine, pharmacy and biotechnology.
During the programme you will start building your professional network through networking symposia, invited lecturers and the collaboration with Testa Center. You will also build an academic network through the mentor programme, course leaders and invited lecturers.
Career support During your time as a student, UU Careers offers support and guidance. You have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities and events that will prepare you for your future career. Learn more about UU Careers.
Below you will find the details about eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and tuition fees. For information on how to apply and what documents you need to submit, check the application guide. For this programme, besides the general supporting documents, you also need to submit one or two programme-specific documents: 1. an Application Summary Sheet; 2. document(s) and/or letter(s) of recommendation certifying your previous experience (if applicable).
Requirements: Academic requirements A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. Also required is 90 credits in in one or a combination of the following subjects: pharmaceutical sciences, cell biology, biotechnology, physiology, biomedicine, chemistry, biology.
Language requirements Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6. This requirement can be met either by achieving the required score on an internationally recognised test, or by previous upper secondary or university studies in some countries. Detailed instructions on how to provide evidence of your English proficiency are available at universityadmissions.se.
Students are selected based on:
an overall appraisal of previous university studies; and
a statement of purpose (1 page).
If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.