Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

The Bio'business programme delivers an overview of the history and trends in scientific research and development in the industrial biosciences. This is supported and complemented by business, entrepreneurial and industry'facing modules, including the structure of the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries in the context of regulation and public perception. The programme highlights issues of risk and regulation and the socio'economic benefits stemming from technology and material developments. The main aims are to convey a broad and detailed understanding of all these critical issues, and to provide insight into both the theory and practice of entrepreneurship and business in the context of the bioscience industry, recognising the differences between science'based projects and other types of commercial activity. The programme features specialist presentations from researchers and authorities in subject areas such as ethics, biological products and business development. Hands'on experiential learning is also provided, developing students' ability to build talented teams and pitch for funds, among other essential skills.

Course Modules

Year 1 full'time: entrepreneurial finance; entrepreneurship and innovation; entrepreneurship in the bio'business industry; intellectual capital and competitiveness; principles of organization and management; research methods in management i; technology trajectories; the bio industry. Year 1 part'time: entrepreneurial finance; entrepreneurship and innovation; entrepreneurship in the bio'business industry; principles of organization and management; research methods in management 1; the bio industry.

Course Additional Entry

Normally at least a second'class honours degree, preferably in a biological or chemical science subject area from a UK university or a non'UK equivalent. A professional or other qualification obtained by written examinations approved by the College. Relevant experience, supporting statements and references may be taken into consideration, especially in the case of non'standard applications. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub'tests.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £15,950  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £10,450  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £7,975  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £5,225  Academic year. First year home fees