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Accounting & Financial Management

The primary goal of this module is to provide students, who have no or limited prior experience of business, with a solid foundation in the essential aspects of accounting and financial management.

The aim is to offer an introduction to the key areas of financial accounting, management accounting and financial management with a focus on issues of particular relevance to managers in bio-technology and bio-process based businesses. The course will also emphasise the role and importance of accounting and financial management within the wider business (and in particular the process, bioprocess and biotechnology business) context

Advances in Crop Protection

How can a wide range of control approaches be combined into an integrated crop management system? How can the conflicting requirements of environmental and crop protection be managed? In this module you will learn about the importance and impact of plant pests, diseases and weeds on food production, as well as their biology and ecology.


Welcome to the University of Warwick! I look forward to meeting you during welcome week and getting to know you during this year. I believe that postgraduate taught courses offer a unique opportunity to develop a specialist area of skills, and to blend your prior training with a new subject. Our courses will train and challenge you, using a range of lecture styles, seminars, workshops and simulations (depending on the specific module). Your course will culminate with your dissertation, and I encourage you to engage with our active research community throughout your time with us.


Welcome to the School of Life Sciences!

We hope you will find the new course challenging and exciting, and that you enjoy the unique academic research environment that Warwick has to offer. As experienced by the recent pandemic, the development of new vaccine technologies is an example for the relevance of medical biotechnology and bioprocessing. In this course, we will be addressing current and future problems around the world. We look forward to the start of this term and to helping you develop new skill sets to support you in your studies and career ahead.



Biochemical Engineering

Process engineers use a range of fundamental operations when performing chemical and biological reactions on a large scale and separating the raw products into finished materials suitable for the market place. During this module you will focus on biotechnological processes and processing options for handling and separating compounds of interest. You will develop process engineering skills which will enable you to select the appropriate methods to make a required end product.

Biodiversity, Conservation & Ecosystem Services

Many natural resources for the provision of food, materials, energy and recreation have become overexploited or put under severe pressure in both wild and managed landscapes. Our capacity to respond is limited by an associated loss of biodiversity. Conservation of natural biodiversity and habitat resources is vitally important for the future. In this module you will explore what makes plants and animals vulnerable, and examine practical conservation management strategies for habitats and key species.

Biological Invasions in Changing Environments

Non-native invasive species pose significant threats to natural and agricultural ecosystems worldwide and often have very severe, though difficult to quantify, economic impacts. During this module you will investigate the economic and environmental impacts of invasive species, and evaluate the threats posed to agricultural and natural ecosystems that are subject to increased environmental change and disturbance.

Bioproduct Plant Design & Economic Analysis

Plant design effects a project’s usability; performance; cost effectiveness; and long-term operability, safety and environmental compatibilities. This module explains the integration of unit operations into functional and commercially viable bioprocesses.

Biosciences, Politics & Social Acceptability

Modern, industrialised economies place significant pressure on the environment. In some sectors of society, science and technology are viewed increasingly as a threat to sanctity of life, public health, privacy, democracy and personal freedom. Controversies arise which lead to public disputes and raise complex ethical questions. Discuss how science and technologies can best be regulated and used for common good in a globalised world.

Business Strategy

Business strategy is about the setting of long-term objectives for a business and devising the means of achieving those objectives. During this module you will work in groups to examine and learn from case studies, as well as competing against other groups in an online business simulation. You will then use your skills to analyse a company operating in an industry relevant to your masters degree title.



Cereal, Oilseed and Root Crop Agronomy

The aim of this module is to provide an understanding of the agronomic principles of the main UK arable crops. You will examine principles of crop production; crop nutrition; identification of and protection against weeds, pests and diseases; precision agronomy and other innovations.

Challenges of Global Food Security

Global food security- providing access for the world’s population to affordable, safe and nutritious food- is one of the major challenges of the 21st century. In this module you will review current physical, political and biotic drivers which contribute to the global food security agenda.

Climate Change

How will climate change impact ecosystems, agriculture and food security? Climate change is widely agreed to be the most important environmental driver of economic and societal change for the 21st century. In this module you will consider the science of climate change: origins and evidence, predictions and consequences, mitigation and adaptation.

Crop Physiology and Production

How can scientific understanding maximise gains from or minimise input for crop production in both the field and glasshouse? This module provides an appreciation of the diversity of crop production practices and techniques in specific production situations. As part of this module students usually visit a site of commercial production to illustrate application, context and business practice.



Drug Discovery & Biopharmaceutical Development

In this module you will explore the development and exploitation of bio-pharmaceutical products, acquiring an integrated understanding of the breadth and depth of medicinal drug design and production. You will address issues concerned with the regulation of pre-clinical and clinical trials, through the regulatory procedures of development of bio-pharmaceuticals into a commercial reality.



Ecological Futures: Science, Culture and Media

Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies: Ecological Futures

Entrepreneurship & Commercialisation

How does a bioscience idea become a commercial reality? During this module you will work in teams to develop commercialisation strategies for real world bio sciences intellectual property developed at the University of Warwick or elsewhere and get an in depth and nuanced understanding of the idea-to-market life cycle.

Environmental Accounting

The requirement to provide food and other land-based products for an expanding global population, while protecting the resources (land, water, air) that underpin its production, has forced governments and policymakers to address the environmental impact of land use. Life cycle assessment, ecological footprinting and carbon footprinting can be used to quantify, differentiate and interpret environmental impact. In this module you will explore the role of sustainability in the agri-food system and techniques for evaluation of possible solutions.

Environmental Protection, Risk Assessment & Safety

This module focuses on providing you with an understanding of the environmental and safety risks associated with technology together with methods for limiting damage and risk. Topics include the Anthropocene era, impact of technologies, types of pollutant, release pathways, environmental behaviour, ecotoxicology, human toxicity and risk assessment.

Essentials of Medical Genomics

Medical genomics has great potential for exploitation by the pharmaceutical industry sector. During this module you will gain a critical appreciation of the various molecular and computational techniques for analysis of medical genomic data.



Food: The Medium is the Message

Institute for Advanced Learning: Food: The Medium is the Message

A 10 course meal* for imagining the world via food, and food via the world...

* May contain mixed methodologies, eating, moving around and creating.

Fundamentals of Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering

This module will be the first you study on your MSc course. You will be introduced to a challenging, masters degree style of working. With support and guidance you will work in multi-disciplinary teams to evaluate a range of techniques and strategies used in biotechnological industries. By working collaboratively you will develop your skills in researching and communicating various elements of biotechnology.



Habitability in the Universe

Institute of Advanced Learning: Habitability in the Universe (IL907)


Welcome to Warwick, I hope that you will enjoy the year ahead and make the most of the opportunities that the School of Life Sciences and the University of Warwick have to offer. I am looking forward to meeting you as course leader of the MSc Environmental Bioscience in a Changing Climate. The year has been dominated by so many environmental issues and events that have reemphasised that the global changes that we are witnessing require our urgent attention and action. There has never been a more pressing time for studying environmental bioscience and for becoming part of the next generation to address the wide range of sustainability issues that need to be addressed.



Innovations to Prevent & Treat Infectious Disease

This module focuses on the biology of infection and host defences; the mechanisms of action of key drugs and vaccines; the scientific, financial and ethical considerations involved in product R&D; the limitations of traditional antibiotic susceptibility testing in diagnostic and R&D pipelines, and current approaches to improving susceptibility testing; and the communication required to successfully interact with different stakeholders in pharmaceutical development.

International Environmental Law

Evidence based policy making requires sound science. Collaboration between environmental lawyers and scientists is essential in the development of sustainable solutions to environmental problems. During this module you will consider case studies such as water and climate change, sustainable development, land contamination, genetically modified crops, air quality and climate change litigation.

Introduction to BASIS Crop Protection

The British Agrochemical Standards Inspection Scheme (BASIS) Certificate in Crop Protection is an essential career qualification for agronomists, trials managers, consultants and employees of any company prescribing crop protection chemicals. This module aims to provide you with practical, in-field foundation training, from which you can go on to complete your certification after the year working in industry required for qualification. You will learn from field visits over the course of the year, covering all stages of field preparation, crop establishment, phases of growth and maturation and harvesting, helping you gain sound technical knowledge for your future career.



Marketing Management

Effective marketing aims to satisfy customers, maximise business opportunities, combat competitors, create differentiation, continually keep ahead of market trends, utilise resources prudently, while meeting the profit and market share demands of the business. By examining the marketing process, you will be exposed to the core ingredients of ‘best practice’ marketing.

Medical Diagnostics

Medical diagnosis is the process of determining which disease or condition explains a person's symptoms and signs. Diagnostics is a tool to aid diagnosis. In this module you will be introduced to the scientific principles underpinning the format and application of biotechnologically based diagnostics assays and technologies. Topics include immunological assays and aptamers, non-invasive pre-natal testing and diagnosis, and diagnostics companies and business opportunities.

Microbiomics & Metagenomics

Knowledge gained from studying microbiota can potentially be exploited in the context of global change, agriculture, food security, biotechnology and human health. Discuss relevant technologies and modern approaches based on high-throughput sequencing of nucleic acids and how they have revolutionised the study of microbial diversity and function by metagenomics approaches.


I am delighted to welcome you as a Postgraduate student to the School of Life Sciences! This set of welcome pages will help you to find out about your course, study methods and key people involved in supporting you. Our department offers an inclusive and diverse environment where everyone is valued and respected, and supported to develop during their masters study to their full potential. As well as delving into your chosen subject I encourage you to get involved in the School and life of the University to make the most of your time with us.



Organic and Low Input Systems

There is considerable world-wide interest in organic and other low input production systems because of the perceived benefits that they provide in terms of food quality, food safety and reduced environmental impact. Understanding the interactions between the soil and plants, and plant pests and pathogens, can help improve crop yield and quality. During this module investigate low input production techniques, mainly focusing on arable and horticultural crops but also considering livestock production within a mixed farming system context.



Plant Breeding & Trial Design for Registration

Crop production can be considered as two distinct components: is what is grown, i.e. the crop varieties, and how it is grown, including the use of chemicals to control pests and diseases and to modify plant growth behaviour. Modern technology is enabling rapid advances on both fronts and they have a central role to play in improving farming sustainability. In this module you will learn about the breeding industry and how genomics, combined with traditional and advanced breeding technologies, are used to generate new varieties. You will learn how to design and evaluate safety and efficacy tests trials for new agrochemicals and apply this knowledge using specific case studies.


Your project will be a major part of your masters degree, worth 60 of 180 credits. The project represents approximately three months enquiry and data collection, and one month of write-up. Students who are able to arrange a work placement for themselves may be able to do this as their project - this must be agreed in advance with the Project module leader.

(MSc Medical Biotechnology and Business Management and MSc Biotechnology, Bioprocessing and Business Management)

Project / Placement

Your project will be a major part of your masters degree, worth 60 of 180 credits. Projects may be lab-based research projects, work placements or dissertations. The project represents three months of enquiry and data collection; one month write-up. You will also deliver a short seminar about your project.

(MSc Environmental Bioscience in a Changing Climate; MSc Food Security; MSc Sustainable Crop Production: Agronomy for the 21st Century)



Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative medicine develops methods to regrow, repair or replace damaged or diseased cells, organs or tissues. During this module you will focus on design and development of stem cell-based approaches, translation of fundamental developmental biology to therapeutic endpoints, use of functional biomaterials, and tissue engineering.


Welcome to the School of Life Sciences, I’m really looking forward to meeting you and working with you during the coming year. These are exciting times with regard to crop production and food security due to a range of factors, including the ongoing debate about tackling climate change, the COVID pandemic and a range of political and economic factors. There is much to learn and discuss over the next 12 months and I hope you will enjoy your time at Warwick.



Soil Sustainability and the Environment

Soil is vital for farming and food security. In this module you will focus on understanding of the importance of soil in supporting ecosystem services, how soils are managed in agricultural systems and the wider environmental consequences, and threats to soil security. Key topics are soil biology, biogeochemical cycling, nutrient use and management, soils and environmental pollution, soil degradation, soils and climate change and compost/ waste application to land.


I hope that you are all excited about starting your new course in the School of Life Sciences and also, if you are new to Warwick, about coming and experiencing the many opportunities that Warwick University has to offer its students. We pride ourselves in providing a supportive environment for our students to study and, together with your individual personal tutors, I am here to ensure that you get any support that you may need throughout your studies. We hope that you will not only enjoy your course, but also enjoy and value your time here at Warwick.



Thinking Water

Institute for Advanced Learning: Thinking Water