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MSc Biotechnology, Bioprocessing and Business Management


The bioprocessing and biotechnology industries are major components of global industrialised economies with impacts in medicine, pharmaceuticals, manufacture and the food sector. Management of change requires a new calibre of technical specialist who will have business acumen and a scientific knowledge base.

This MSc equips its students with the necessary tools and expertise to become an entrepreneur, offering key business information and industrially relevant knowledge.

Staff from leading centres of expertise, including Life Sciences and Warwick Business School, form a multidisciplinary teaching faculty. The course is delivered by lecturers with internationally acknowledged academic, industrial and government expertise.

"I gained a working knowledge of how science and business are intricately linked, with both aspects influencing each other. The course has many real-world applications so you really get to understand industry."

Sam Feathers

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Course Structure

The course is a full time, twelve month taught programme with modular content, based around three strands: business management, biotechnology & molecular biology, and bioprocessing. (Please see our FAQs page for part-time route information.)

You will be required to complete eight core taught modules and also select a further two elective modules.

Core modules

  • Accounting & Financial Management
  • Bioproduct Plant Design & Economic Analysis
  • Drug Discovery & Biopharmaceutical Development
  • Fundamentals of Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Business Strategy
  • Entrepreneurship & Commercialisation
  • Marketing Management
  • Project

Optional modules

Subject to availability

  • Innovations to Prevent & Treat Infectious Disease
  • Microbiomics & Metagenomics
  • Environmental Protection, Risk Assessment & Safety
  • Essentials of Medical Genomics

Our course and module content and schedule is continually reviewed and updated to reflect the latest research expertise at Warwick.

It is therefore very important that you check back here for the latest information before you apply and when you accept an offer (as set out in our terms and conditions).


Most modules are assessed through coursework, such as presentations, reports and essays. Some modules have in-module tests as an assessment component.

  • Two thirds of the final mark will be derived from assessments of the 8 core and 2 optional taught modules.
  • One third of the final mark will be derived from the project dissertation.
Project Dissertation

You will be required to complete a project dissertation. You will be encouraged to develop your own project title (selection subject to availability of an appropriate supervisor) although a range of potential areas of study will be offered.

SeeTeaching and Learning for more information.

Career Opportunities

This MSc is suitable for those looking for a career in biotechnology and related industrial sectors where employees need multidisciplinary knowledge. Graduates work in a wide range of jobs including project management, business development and general managerial positions.

Career destinations of our alumni include:
  • Binding Site Group Ltd
  • Tata Technologies
  • AkzoNobel
  • Frost & Sullivan
  • Pfizer
  • Novartis
  • Nature
  • European Medicines Agency
  • PhD programmes
Job titles include: 

Business Analyst, Project Manager, Product Specialist, Regulatory affairs, Medical Writer, Business Development Manager, Research Associate and clinical Project Assistant.

Find out more from our student profiles.