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
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.
(availability dependent on demand)
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).
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.
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.
Career destinations of our alumni include:
- Binding Site Group Ltd
- Tata Technologies
- Frost & Sullivan
- 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.
First degree: Human Biology
First job after graduating: Drug Regulatory Affairs Graduate at Novartis
Subsequent job: Regulatory Affairs Manager at Cell & Gene Therapy Catapult
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