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Considering the fast moving market of biological drugs, training specialists in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology is necessary and accordingly, we have offered Ph.D. degree to educate specialists in biological products to meet the demand of the ever-growing pharmaceutical industry to Pharmaceutical Biotechnologists as well as doing academic research.

Simply put, biotechnology is the application of advances made in the biological sciences, especially involving the science of genetics and its application. Biotechnology is most important for its implications in health and medicine. Pharmaceutical biotechnology has flourished for the last 4-6 decades with the introduction of recombinant DNA technology and metabolic engineering accompanied by the well-developed bioprocess technology. Large scale production and cost effectiveness and affordability have been achievable by implementing all these technologies. The foundations of pharmaceutical biotechnology mainly constitute in the ability of plants, microorganism, cells and animals to produce compounds useful for therapeutic and diagnostic purposes. Pharmaceutical biotechnology is a relatively new field in which the principles of biotechnology are employed to develop drugs. A majority of therapeutic drugs in the current market are biotech-based products such as antibodies, proteins, nucleic acid products and vaccines. Industrial or white biotechnology uses cells, microorganisms and enzymes to produce goods for industry, including chemicals, food, agricultural and pharmaceutical products. Today we reached a stage where many biopharmaceuticals have been developed into pharmaceutical products from being pure scientific endeavor. Developing novel delivery systems like targeted deliveries coupled with nanotechnology is the another discipline with highly potential to enter in the competitive, and lucrative biopharmaceutical market.

Currently, ten out of the top 15 best-selling drugs are biotech-based drugs and they are expected to become Blockbusters soon because of their therapeutic value and efficacy. Regarding the Iranian pharmaceuticals market, valued by BMI Research at USD 1.9 billion in 2015 – is predicted to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 6%. By 2025, it will be the fourth largest in the Middle East and North Africa, after Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Considering the fast moving market of biological drugs, the introduction of new educational courses into pharmacy curricula is necessary which they will focus on preparing pharmacists oriented not only for pharmacy practice, but also for drug research and development, pharmaceutical industry and academic research.


Basic Information:
Program Type: Degree Based
Level Of study: Ph.D.
School / Faculty: Pharmacy
Department: Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
Major (Name Of Program): Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
This program contact information:
Telephone: +98 5131801201
Fax: +98 5138823251
Mobile: 09151163846
Email Address:
Address: Department of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Mashhad University Of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran
Contact Person Name: Mohammad Ramezani
Program Detail:
Length of Training:

5  years

Language Requirement:

1)      Language requirements: Evidence of English Proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS). The minimum score for TOEFL PBT, TOEFL iBT and IELTS is 500, 70 and 5.5 respectively.

2)      Applicants from Persian (Farsi) speaking countries (They shall both speak and write in Persian) who have applied for graduate Degree-based programs may be exempted, based on the decision of the department, from submitting any certificates regarding their English Language Proficiency. Nevertheless, they are required to hand in their English language certificate which meets MUMS minimal language proficiency requirements, within one year from commencing their studies at MUMS.

Admission Requirement:
  1. Doctor of Pharmacy
  2. M.Sc. in Pharmaceutical or Medical Biotechnology, Nanobiotechnology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Physiology, Polymer Chemistry


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