Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

The MSc Bio-Business provides an overview of the life sciences sector, supported and complemented by business, entrepreneurial and applied modules. The structure of the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries is explored in the context of regulation and public perception, to highlight issues of risk, regulation and socioeconomic benefits stemming from technology and material developments. The course features specialist professionals presenting on key areas, such as communications, pharmaceuticals and business development.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

Graduates go on to careers in the scientific and business sectors, as well as in research, public policy, and the biological/chemical industries. Possible professions include research scientist, science writer, or higher education lecturer. This degree may also be useful in becoming an operational researcher or management consultant.

Start Date:

2-3 evenings a week.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £11,000 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £11,000 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £16,800 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MSc £5,500 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MSc £5,500 European Fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MSc £8,400 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Course specific entry requirements: Students normally need at least a second-class honours degree, preferably in a biological or chemical science subject area. Standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and their professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners. Our standard postgraduate entry requirement for international students is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent international qualification.
  • International entry requirements: Students need 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.