Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Bio-Business

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

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

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 I;
The Bio Industry .

Year 2 part-time:

Intellectual Capital and Competitiveness;
Technology Trajectories .

MSc Bio-business dissertation

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.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 15,950 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 10,450 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 10,450 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 10,450 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 10,450 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 10,450 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Part-time October 2016 GBP 5,225 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2016 GBP 5,225 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2016 GBP 7,975 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2016 GBP 5,225 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2016 GBP 5,225 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2016 GBP 5,225 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MSc Full-time October 2017 - 1 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

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

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Biologicial Sciences
Telephone number: 
020 7079 0798