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Postgraduate Biotechnology 2021-2022

BT5903: PLACEMENT

60 credits

Level 1

Third Sub Session

The Placement course focus on the development of industry-relevant professional and technical skills and competencies. It is designed to meet the needs of the biopharma, bioscience and biotechnology industries, and those of contract research organisations, as the demand for highly skilled graduates in these sectors grows.

BT5013: SMALL MOLECULE DRUG DISCOVERY

15 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

The course will focus
on small molecule drug discovery. 
Receptor theory and cell communication and signalling will be revised to
facilitate understanding of the remainder of the course. The basis of the drug
discovery process will be described and the phases of drug development discussed.  A range of targets for drug discovery will be
identified and how small molecule drug affect these will be described.  Issues around drug regulation will be raised.

BT5014: BIOTECHNOLOGY

15 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

Modern biotechnology is absolutely dependent upon our increasingly sophisticated ability to use microbial and mammalian host cells as factories to produce high quantities of protein pharmaceuticals, e.g. insulin. Increasingly, cells engineered with multiple foreign genes are also being used to drive small molecule drug production. This course will explore how such heterologous protein expression processes can be engineered and optimised to drive efficient synthesis of the next generation medicines on which healthcare systems are increasingly depending. 

BT5015: INTRODUCTION TO COMMERCIALISATION AND BIO-BUSINESS

15 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

This course will describe the basic language of business and give examples of large versus small businesses in the bioscience area.  Intellectual property rights will be explained as will how present your business and how to set up a small biotech company.    A comparison will be made of the big Pharma business model and that of small biotech businesses.

BT5508: ADVANCED BIO-BUSINESS AND THE COMMERCIALISATION OF BIOSCIENCE RESEARCH

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This advanced course builds on the basics provided in Introduction to Bio-business and the Commercialisation of Bioscience Research (BT5012).  It provides more detail on financing and setting up a Bio-business.

The course deals in depth with finance, corporate governance and business models. The major assessment involves the students working together in teams to set up a virtual bio-business and to pitch this business to a group of experts in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector. The team will adopt the roles of senior management team and present to the experts their part of the business.

BT5509: BIOLOGIC DRUG DISCOVERY

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

Biologic therapies represent one of the most important and novel areas of drug discovery in the 21st century. The aim of this course is to provide an insight into the success of protein, peptide or antibody based biologic therapies and to examine how this exciting new area will develop over the next decade.

BT5510: ADVANCED BIOTECHNOLOGY

15 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This course will take the student through in depth study of how synthetic biology and systems biology are transforming the  principles and practice of modern biotechnology. The course will teach modern methods of biotechnology including host cell design and optimisation using modern modelling techniques, leading to an understanding of how multiple genes under precise regulatory control can be introduced into a species to endow it with new biotechnologically-valuable properties.

Through hands on study of synthetic biological processes in a series of workshops, students will learn how advanced genetic engineering of host expression systems can transform production of pharmaceuticals, chemical feedstocks and biofuels. The course will equip students with a range of knowledge and skills directly relevant to modern biosciences, including the biotechnology industry.

BT5706: ADVANCED BIO-BUSINESS FOR EXTERNAL CANDIDATES

20 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This advanced course builds on the basics provided in Introduction to Bio-business and the Commercialisation of Bioscience Research (BT5012).  It provides more detail on financing and setting up a Bio-business.

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