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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
  • 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

You will be required to complete eight core modules and also select a further two elective modules. Depending on your academic background you will find elements of some modules harder, or easier, 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.

You will be required to undertake a project dissertation. You will be encouraged to propose your own project title (selection subject to availability of an appropriate supervisor) although a range of potential titles will be offered. Projects will be non-laboratory based and generally undertaken at the University of Warwick under the supervision of an approved tutor.

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).

Core Modules

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

Optional Modules

(availability dependent on demand)

  • Microbiomics & Metagenomics
  • Environmental Protection, Risk Assessment and Safety
  • Innovations to Prevent & Treat Infectious Disease
  • Essentials of Medical Genomics
  • Laboratory Skills (2018/19 only)

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/group seminar presentations and a multi-choice or short answer examination. These assessments will take place during or shortly after completion of each module.

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.

If you would like to put a question to any of the students profiled here then please send the question to Denny Croft & Therese Lepicard ( If possible, depending on Data Protection considerations, they will put you in touch.

View all our student profiles and international student profiles.


Patrick Mwirigi
Graduated in 2019

First degree: Natural Resources Management

This is the best course for anyone who has a passion for both science and business. Especially if you are passionate on health-related field and you want to start a business around that area. Every module was fun and fascinating with valuable information. After doing the programme I can comfortably say that I have transformed and I am DIFFERENT.

The first few days of the programme were difficult and it took me time to get used to the tutors' accents. However, over time I was able to acclimatise and everything became normal. The course is quite intensive and I was busy, there were assignments, presentations and deadlines to be met. However, looking back I can comfortably say that I have gained the necessary skills to succeed in both the scientific and business world and I can't wait to go back and start building my bioprocessing company with my new knowledge and mindset.

Jon Fox
Jon Fox
Graduated in 2015

First degree: Biomedicine

First job after graduating: Quanta Fluid Solutions (medical device start-up company making a new style of dialysis machine)

Subsequent job: Medical Device Specialist at MHRA

My first impression was of the campus, I thought it was like a small town. The induction into the course was very good, and we immediately got to know each other.

I have gained invaluable experience and lots of new life skills. As well as lots of new friends from a variety of countries.

Our course organised a lot of activities within ourselves, like international food days where we all made food from our own country to share.

The MSc helped me get my job. They were very interested in the uniqueness of the degree. As I work in a medical device startup company, they were very interested in the project I did in entrepreneurship.

The staff are really helpful in listening to your issues and giving you guidance.

Olivia Hart

Olivia Hart
Graduated in 2015

First degree: Biology

First job after graduating: Account Executive at Ogilvy Healthworld, working primarily in pharmaceutical advertising and medical education

Subsequent job: Healthcare Account Manager at W2O Group

The best thing about the MSc was the incredible variety of skills you get to develop. One week you’re studying how a batch bioreactor works and the next you’re getting a crash course on management accounting. Initially I thought the worst thing about the course was the presentation element (you do a presentation roughly every two weeks) but I really developed my skills in that area and presentations eventually became one of my favourite parts of the course.

The MSc has allowed me to further my interest in the life sciences and biotechnology industry whilst also gaining incredibly valuable knowledge of business management. I’d say one piece of advice I’d give to someone studying this course would be: Make sure you want to do this course because you’re passionate about biotech and life sciences. I say this because there are a lot of contact hours per week and you have to be prepared to work hard. If you are passionate about this area then you will see the immediate value in taking this course!

I was able to get a job two weeks before handing in my dissertation. In my interview they were really interested in my MSc and we spent more than an hour talking about my business plan for the Entrepreneurship module alone!

Z.XiaoZhiming Xiao
Graduated in 2014

First degree: Bioscience

First job after graduating:
Shanghai Zerun Biotech Co., Ltd, a subsidiary of Walvax Biotechnology Co., Ltd

Subsequent job: Manager, Global Business development, Walvax Biotechnology Co., Ltd

The best and also the most outstanding feature of BBBM is the course composition. This course is comprehensive allowing me to touch many new and fantastic fields which I would not have the chance to get close to if I was not there. Honestly speaking, this course changed the track of my life. Moreover, I really appreciate the stringent style of BBBM, every lecturer and every staff member has put all their hearts into this course, trying everything to make this course become perfect and meaningful for us. Although this course may be the toughest course I’ve met so far, I truly benefited from it and it helped me a lot during my job hunting.

Currently employers prefer a guy with a diverse background rather than an expert in a certain field. Moreover the course improved my English ability, which, I have to say, is much more helpful than anything else to me. What I am doing now is Business Development in the Strategic Collaboration Department of the company, responsible for contact with many foreign foundations, organizations and companies to build collaborations and open overseas markets.


Rafael Domínguez Rodríguez
Graduated in 2014

First degree: Biology

First job after graduating: Regulatory Affairs Graduate Programme at Novartis

Subsequent job: Manager Regulatory Affairs at Biogen, Basel, Switzerland

I had both personal and academic reasons for choosing Warwick as my first option. The first reason is because a classmate from my undergraduate course in Spain studied the master before me with good employment results. Also, the uniqueness of the programme and reputation of the University was essential to select this BBBM course.

The academic structure of the master is designed to enhance employment opportunities. It is definitely difficult to find a master which covers sciences and business. Additionally, both professors and academic staff are very experienced and helpful. The University has lots of employment support services, courses and events that positively impact in the chances to get a job.

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!

afakoyaAyodele Fakoya (shared Commonwealth Scholarship student)
Graduated in 2013

First Degree: Cell Biology and Genetics

First job after graduating: Research Assistant at National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), Nigeria

The MSc and Warwick have given me unique and life-changing experiences and choosing to go to Warwick has been one of the best decisions I have ever made.

My arrival at Warwick was a really pleasant one. I recall the warm and friendly reception I got. On getting to the Campus, I was amazed at the beautiful layout of the University as well as the amount of help I got from the orientation team, who helped me to settle in easily. Everybody was so nice, receptive and helpful and some of the friends I met during the orientation programme have remained my friends even after graduation.

The BBBM programme has been structured in a way that challenges you to bring out the best in you. While the programme was very intensive and demanding, it has taught me how to prioritise my tasks and manage my time efficiently. The BBBM programme did not only provide me with skills and tools to manage a business through the various modules, it has also taught me how to manage people through the numerous group assignments. I also developed strong confidence and have become highly-skilled in public communication through the numerous seminars. One of the best things I enjoyed in Warwick, particularly on the MSc course was the high degree of support I received. The tutors and programme managers were always available and ready to help me solve any problem I had, whether the problem was academic or non-academic and this was one the major reasons why I was able to succeed during my programme.

jmatzkeJulian Matske
Graduated in 2013

First Degree: Molecular Biology

First job after graduating: Manufacturer Services Department, GEHE Pharma Handel GmbH

Current job (March 2019): Regional Sales Director at APONTIS PHARMA GmbH & Co. KG.

The best thing about the degree is that it quite successfully integrates the view from real-life industry into the academic environment. We were taught by real-life industry experts and got great insight into the different topics that were taught.

I gained great insights into quite a number of different industries in which Biotechnology or Bioprocessing is needed. One really gets a comprehensive overview about a large number of different topics. Also the course really does prepare you to give great presentations and teaches one how to handle group work successfully. Warwick is a good University and getting a degree there most certainly will give one’s career a solid basis! With the high quality comes the great effort one has to put into their degree, especially if one wants to graduate with honors. So be prepared to spend quite some time in front of the computer. But for me it was absolutely worth it!

The degree helped in preparing me for my job by giving me a broad overview about the different business aspects which are needed to run a company. I gained a good understanding of the different needs and points of view, which set a good base for my development.

dsukumarDivya Sukumar
Graduated in 2013

First Degree: Pharmaceutical Sciences

First job after graduating:
Associate Manager, Indegene Lifesystems, India

Current job: Data Analyst, New South Wales Government, Australia

Orientation was beyond my expectation & the team made me feel comfortable. The course structure is fantastic.

I have had a great journey post my Masters at Warwick. I took up a couple of international projects in Switzerland and Australia. In my current job as a data analyst I have developed a database surveillance system for forecasting potential work health and safety hazards.

This multi-disciplinary course develops business acumen intermeshed with a sound technical knowledge.


How to Apply

Scholarships are available for both Home/EU and International students.


Course enquiries:

Denny Croft &
Therese Lepicard
msc dot lifesciences at warwick dot ac dot uk
Tel: +44 (0)24 765 23540