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MSc in 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

Entry requirements: Minimum second class Bachelor's degree in Life Sciences, Engineering or Business Studies (students from an engineering or business background must be a high class student and demonstrate an interest in biological science). English language standard IELTS 6.5.

Study: Full time over 12 months.

Module options: 8 core modules, 2 elective modules, project dissertation.

Module assessments by coursework and exam.

The course is a full time, twelve month taught programme with modular content, based around three strands: business management, biotechnology & molecular biology, and bioprocessing.

The course programme focuses on:

  • Manufacture of biochemicals, pharmaceuticals, devices and materials
  • Genetic engineering and the fundamentals of biotechnology
  • Business management, economics and finance
  • Marketing management
  • Commercialisation of products, IP
  • Food, biotechnology and microbiological processing
  • Fuels and energy
  • Industries based on renewable and sustainable resources
  • Production technologies
  • Plant design and economic analysis

Teaching and learning

You will be required to complete eight core taught modules and also select a further two elective modules. Normally you will study a single module at a time, and each module will last two or three weeks. There are some exceptions to this. Our module block format allows you to focus on one individual module at a time and complete a proportion of the assessment within the module. Early modules will cover any necessary groundwork before moving on to more challenging topics. Therefore, depending on your background, some early modules may prove more challenging than others.

Teaching will be by interactive lectures, short question & answer sessions and small group interactive workshops/tutorials. Individual and team learning will be used for case study analysis.

Core Modules

Accounting & Financial Management 

Biochemical Engineering 

Bioproduct Plant Design & Economic Analysis 

Business Strategy 

Drug Discovery & Biopharmaceutical Development 

Entrepreneurship & Commercialisation 

Fundamentals of Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering 

Marketing Management


Optional Modules

(availability dependent on demand)

Environmental Protection, Risk Assessment & Safety

Essentials of Medical Genomics

Innovations to Prevent & Treat Infectious Disease 

Microbiomics & Metagenomics

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

Further details of modules


One third of the final mark will be derived from the project dissertation.

Two thirds of the final mark will be derived from assessments of the 8 core and 2 optional taught modules. Modules will be assessed by means of a combination of written course work, individual and group seminar presentations and multiple choice or short answer examinations. These assessments will take place during or shortly after completion of each module.

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. Projects will normally be non-laboratory based and generally undertaken at the University of Warwick under the supervision of an approved tutor. The research project is a substantial piece of original work, normally requiring 3 months of enquiry and data collection, and one month writing up.

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.

The MSc has really broadened my horizons, as it has provided me the breadth of knowledge and specialities that is uncommon to any other degree. Studying at Warwick and especially after completing this MSc you truly realise what it means to be a graduate of the elite.
Melvin Jose

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.

Look at further alumni career destinations (PDF Document) and view our student profiles.

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Featured Profile

Daniel Rabbie
Daniel Rabbie

Graduated in 2013

First degree: Human Biology

First job after graduating: Drug Regulatory Affairs Graduate at Novartis

Subsequent job: Regulatory Affairs Manager at Cell & Gene Therapy Catapult

This taught Masters programme provides an opportunity for graduates to develop their skills within an industrially relevant context. The diverse content provided me with a 'life-cycle' perspective on biotech innovation and triggered my interest in medicines regulation, particularly for more complex biologics. My first job was at Novartis, on a postgraduate training program in regulatory affairs based at the company HQ in Switzerland. Over two and a half years I learned about some really interesting approaches for targeting cancer, one of which involved collecting patients's blood and genetically engineering their T cells to recognise a specific protein on tumour cells. This 'living medicine' seemed closer to science-fiction! In retrospect, the MSc was beneficial as it nurtured my ability to think cross-functionally about complex challenges whilst under pressure - it was good preparation.

I wanted to develop my expertise in this area so I decided to make a move to London to join the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult, a government-backed 'incubator' cultivating this 'niche' sector through academic collaborations, industry partnerships and infrastructure projects. I really enjoyed the variety of projects I could work on, many of which are pushing the envelope even further in terms of what could be achieved through incredible bioscience! Since then, I have been working at a US biotech called Kite Pharma which has been a real pioneer in the development of gene modified cell therapies. I work closely with relevant stakeholders to execute the regulatory strategy and health authority activities necessary for manufacturing these medicines. I also enjoy coming back to Warwick once-a-year to present on advances in the field and about how the course has helped me on my journey so far!


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