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Frequently asked questions - MSc in Biotechnology, Bioprocessing and Business Management

How do I apply?

The preferred application route is through our online application form. You must pay a small application fee or your application will not be processed. If you require a printed copy of the postgraduate application form please email or telephone +44 (0)24 76 523648.

What is the closing date for application?

For non UK/EU applicants the closing date is 31 July.

What first degree do I need?

You will need a minimum second class bachelor's degree in Natural Sciences or Engineering. Students from a business background must be a high class student and demonstrate an interest in science.

Which natural science degrees are accepted?

All natural science degrees including biotechnology, pharmacy, microbiology and genetics.

How do I know if my qualification is equivalent to a UK second class degree?

This will depend on your country of origin and the institution in which you studied. Please contact our Postgraduate Admissions Team for an answer to your specific circumstances.

What standard of English language do I need?

You will need a minimum of IELTS 6.5 (with no component score below 6.0) or TOEFL (iBT) 92.

If you have less than the required minimum then you might be eligible to attend a pre-sessional English course at the University. Information can be found at Pre-sessional courses can be very useful even if you have reached the required minimum.

If you are from overseas, but have been educated entirely in English for your degree then the University may not require an English language certificate.
However, you will probably still need one to obtain your visa.

Once at the University, we provide dedicated, free English language classes and a personal language mentor for our MSc students. These specifically help International students with their assessed work.

Do I need to provide references?

All applicants are required to provide details of one academic referee. Your nominated referee will be invited to submit an electronic reference by email (provided you include their contact email address in your application form). Alternatively references can be sent as paper copy to Postgraduate Admissions (Postgraduate Admissions Team, University House, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 8UW), but these must be signed original paper copies on headed note paper.

What information do I need to provide after making an application?

After making your application you will need to provide degree and English language proficiency certificates. Comprehensive details are available from the Postgraduate Admissions Team regarding admissions requirements for postgraduate study.

If you are an appropriate applicant you will be sent a conditional offer, which will be converted to an unconditional offer once all requirements are met.
At certain times of the year your offer letter may take a few weeks to reach you due to the very high numbers of applications that the University has to process.

I have not yet completed my degree or English language test. Should I still apply?

Apply as soon as possible to give yourself plenty of time to arrange accommodation and a visa, if necessary. As soon as you have your result certificates send them to Postgraduate Admissions.

What are the course fees?

Course fees and scholarships.

Fees can be paid in instalments.

What is the basic MSc structure?

You will need to complete eight core modules, four in Business Management and four in Biotechnology and Bioprocessing. You will also select two elective modules from a range we offer.

You will also need to complete a project dissertation. Projects will be non-laboratory based and generally undertaken at the University of Warwick under the supervision of an approved tutor.

How is the MSc assessed?

Assessments include essays, seminar and poster presentations, multiple choice question exams and assessed group work. Assessments take place during or shortly after completion of each module.

Who teaches the MSc?

Lecturers and module leaders are experts drawn from Life Sciences, Warwick Business School and from industry.

How many fellow students will I have?

We have 43 students for the 2019/20 academic year and 28 students on our related MSc Medical Biotechnology and Business Management.

What nationality will my fellow students be?

Our students come from all over the world. Current students come from many countries including UK, China, India, Europe, Nigeria, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

Can I visit the University and/or the School of Life Sciences?

We have information on visiting the University and Life Sciences. You can come to one of our Open Days or we are more than happy to give individual tours.

Alternatively, if you cannot actually visit us then why not visit our Online Open Day.

Can I talk to an alumnus?

If you would like to ask a question of any of our students who have a student profile then contact

What are my career prospects on completion?

The course is designed to help you achieve a career in biotechnology or bioprocessing R&D project and general business management. You will leave the MSc with a broad, interdisciplinary knowledge base, the skills to understand technical and business issues with the ability to analyse and resolve problems. You will have knowledge of the underpinning science and process technologies, together with business acumen. Look at a list of jobs our alumni have attained (PDF Document).
For some specific examples have a look at our Student Profiles.

The University has an excellent careers service. For more information please go to

Does the University provide accommodation?

The University will provide on campus accommodation for international students who apply by the deadline. Late applicants are not guaranteed campus accommodation but will be given help to find accommodation in the surrounding area.
We strongly advise that students secure accommodation before arriving at the University.

For more information please go to

Can I undertake part time work while studying for my MSc?

The MSc is intensive and whilst you could undertake a few hours of work each week you will not have time to work sufficient hours to support yourself.

What help do I get as an international student?

The University has a dedicated International Office to help you with any issues, including securing a visa. They can be found at

Are there any scholarships available?

Scholarships are available for Home/EU students and International students. See Fees and Funding.