Newcastle University’s Faculty of Medical Science’s vision is to be a world class academic medical centre that performs cutting-edge medical research and translates this into improved care for patients, high quality, research-informed teaching and learning, and economic growth arising out of our commercial collaborations.

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The seven research institutes address hugely important questions relevant to improving health, ranging from basic bacterial cell biology through to the health economics of ill health and its treatment.

Perhaps best known for ageing research, for which it was awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education this year, Newcastle University has also internationally recognised research strengths in cancer and genetic, neurological, liver and joint diseases.

Research has already led to major improvements in the clinical care of patients in its partner trusts with conditions as diverse as corneal blindness (treated with stem cell therapy) and muscular dystrophy (treated with novel ‘gene’ therapy). Research-led teaching is of the very highest quality, with almost all subjects achieving more than 90% overall student satisfaction in the 2010 National Student Survey, and medicine achieving ‘best in class’ with 97% satisfaction.

Its research is also leading to significant economic benefits for the region. It has formed four spin-out companies this year alone – two in partnership with the Newcastle Trust – and has attracted significant inward investment from major pharmaceutical companies interested in exploiting its scientific expertise for drug discovery.


Durham University boasts a research-led department which had at least 90% of its research rated as International Quality in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), with 50% recognised as Internationally Excellent or World-leading.



Teeside University is the first modern university to win the Times Higher ‘University of the Year’ Award. Dynamic, confident and committed to the pursuit of excellence, Teesside is a University organisations are keen to work with.



The Faculty of Pharmacy, Health and Wellbeing includes the Sunderland School of Pharmacy which has over 100 Years experience in applying its knowledge to the challenges of pharmaceutical development. The faculty has a long history of applied research and collaborations with industry.

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The faculty has a long history of applied research and collaborations with industry. Our areas of expertise include:

  • Formulation
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis
  • Medicinal Chemistry

Our expertise supports the teaching of Pharmacy as well as specialist courses including

  • Biopharmaceutical Sciences
  • Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Formulation
  • Drug Discovery and Development
  • Cosmetic Science

The University of Sunderland has a reputation for providing placement students and graduates with the mix of skills and knowledge ideally suited to the needs of the pharmaceutical industry. The Biopharmaceutical Science programme provides a strong foundation in pharmaceutical analysis, pharmaceutics and medicinal chemistry taught using industry-standard instrumentation. To this is added strength in protein biochemistry, proteomics and pharmaceutical regulation. During the 12 month placement, students and companies are supported by academics with industrial experience that encourage students to work as team member rather than an observer.


For further information about placement students, research collaboration or consultancy, Please contact our Business Development Manager



Northumbria University’s Biomolecular and Biomedical Research Centre (BioReC) has 59 affiliated staff (including seven professors and three readers) spread over four departments:

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  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Chemical and Forensic Sciences
  • Biology,
  • Food and Nutritional Sciences
  • Sports and Exercise Sciences.

The research centre is housed in Northumbria City Campus, Ellison Building, and consists of newly refurbished (SRIF-funded) laboratories and scientific equipment.  It is a multi-disciplinary group that provides support for teaching, research and consultancy activities, e.g. in immunology, health, microbiology, food, genomics, proteomics, forensics and applied chemistry.

The research activities of BioReC fall under three themes, (Cellular and Molecular Biology, Food and Nutrition and Applied Chemistry), and are linked with the Food and Nutrition Network, a commercial spin-off innovation company, Quantum Genetics, innovation centres, Nutrition at Work and Nzomics, and several established links with UK and international companies. In the recent research output evaluation, 20% of BioReC publications were scored as 4*.

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