The Biopharmaceuticals stream ♙

bioph MBiotech’s Biopharma­ceuticals stream (BioPh)—signified in our chess-piece metaphor by the White Pawn (♙), because it began first—is a two-year, full-time program comprising required course­work and an intern­ship place­ment in industry. Students complete eight months of full-time study, after which they begin 8-12 months of mand­atory, paid industry intern­ships (the Work Terms). { or jump to the DHT stream ♟︎ }

Talking Point • Facsimiles—or biosimilars—of complex biologic drugs, such as the replacement hormones, insulin and erythropoetin, as well as game-changing monoclonal antibodies like adalimumab and trastuzumab have been slow to ease the affordability crisis in modern medicine. Read more.

The BioPh stream teaches stages of drug develop­ment, drug and medical device regulation (with a drug emphasis), clinical trial design and drug action through the molecular biology labor­atory and courses in biotech­nology in medicine and bio­materials and protein chemistry theory.

The carefully selected combin­ation of courses, coupled with relevant industry experience and a strong focus on team­work, provides our graduates with a truly inter­disciplinary educa­tional experience at a world-renowned university.

Our industry partners are world leaders, including AMGEN, AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Roche, Sanofi Pasteur and many others. In addition to the paid intern­ship, our students have the oppor­tunity to work on a broad scope of team-based projects as part of their core courses, many of these in partner­ship with industry and leading teaching hospitals. Learn more about our student projects here.

Program graduates benefit from a wide range of oppor­tunities upon grad­uation. Browse through our alumni profiles to explore the diverse areas and path­ways students can pursue with an MBiotech degree. Our most recent employ­ment survey showed that 100% of grad­uates found related work in industry within six months of grad­uation, and 85% of our students secured full-time positions prior to graduating.

 Program Details

Program Start  Annually each May (no other entry point is offered).
Duration  Two years, full-time (no part time option is offered).
Work Terms  Eight months are required to graduate; up to 12 months may be completed.
Work Terms Begin  January of Year 1 (following completion of eight months’ coursework).
Admission Period  September to January annually; rolling admission is not offered; all applications are reviewed after the application deadline.
Interviews  Required for short-listed candidates; admission offers commence. upon the completion of interviews

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