Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London


For those seeking a role in the technology transfer, technology finance or pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, it is essential to develop an understanding of the science, regulatory environment, and communication and deal-making. 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.

Entry requirements

MSc: 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.

Course modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.

Assessment methods

Most of the taught modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination. The distribution of marks between coursework and examination varies by module; details are provided in the programme handbook. Two modules (Research Methods in Management 1 and Principles of Organization and Management) are assessed by examination only.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2018 16,400 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2018 10,725 per Whole course (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 8,200 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 5,375 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 10,725 per Whole course (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time October 2019 16,400 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 8,200 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 5,375 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Department of Biologicial Sciences
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