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  • career-opportunities 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: the Binding Site Group Ltd, Tata Technologies, AkzoNobel, Frost & Sullivan, Pfizer, Novartis, the European Medicines Agency as well as numerous small to medium sized businesses and PhD programmes. Their job titles include Business Analyst, Project Manager, Product Specialist, Regulatory affairs, Medical Writer, Business Development Manager, Research Associate and clinical Project Assistant.

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  • course-structure 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
    Students will be required to complete nine core modules. They must also select a further three elective modules. 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. All students will be required to undertake a project dissertation. Students will be encouraged to propose their 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.

    Core Modules

    • Introduction to the fundamentals of biotechnology
    • Molecular biology and genetic engineering
    • Biochemical engineering
    • Bioproduct plant design and economic analysis
    • Business strategy
    • Accounting and financial management
    • Marketing management
    • Entrepreneurship & commercialisation
    • Biopharmaceutical product & clinical development
    • Project

    Elective Modules

    (availability dependent on demand)
    • Microbiomics & metagenomics
    • Environmental protection, risk assessment and safety
    • Impact of biotechnology on the use of natural resources
    • Fundamental principles of drug discovery
    • E-business: Technology and management
    • Chemotherapy of infectious disease
    • Vaccines and gene therapy
    • Laboratory Skills
    Further details of modules

    Assessment

    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 9 core and 3 elective 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. Please note that modules and courses on offer may change. We reserve the right not to run certain modules/courses based on programme review, staff availability and student demand.
  • 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 (msc.lifesciences@warwick.ac.uk) or Steve Hicks (s.j.hicks@warwick.ac.uk) and they will forward it to the student.
    Olivia Hart Olivia Hart
    Graduated with Distinction 2015 Nationality: British First Degree: Biology
    First job after graduating: Account Executive (Account Handler) at Ogilvy Healthworld. I'm working primarily in pharmaceutical advertising and medical education.
    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 interested 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!

    shilpatejpal.jpg Shilpa Tejpal
    Graduated with Merit in 2014 Nationality: Indian First degree: B.Tech Biotechnology


    Current job: Studying for a PhD with Warwick Medical School.
    I was interested in a course that provided me with both scientific and managerial skills. This MSc is the perfect blend of both. Also, the UK and world ranking of Warwick University was good so I decided to choose this university. I was awarded a Warwick-India Scholarship and this was another reason to choose this university.
    The staff here are very supportive and helpful so never be afraid to talk about any issues that you might be face.
    The best thing about MSc was the presentation and report writing for every module. Giving presentations boosted my confidence and improved my delivery skills which are very important in a corporate environment.
    I participated in the Green Steps programme organised by the University of Warwick in collaboration with Monash University. It supported me in acting as a sustainability change agent across the university and an internship in NHS.

    Z.XiaoZhiming Xiao
    Graduated with Merit in 2014 Nationality: Chinese First degree: Bioscience

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

    laustinLoren Austin
    Graduated with Distinction in 2013, Winner of Class Prize Nationality: British First Degree: Biochemistry First job after graduating: Graduate Scheme for Severn Trent Water
    The best thing about the MSc is gaining a ‘big picture’ view of Biotechnology and Bioprocessing. This opened up a whole new world of ideas and career opportunities that I had never thought about before. The way the lectures are taught mean that you get to meet people who work in industry and can give you a real insight into the work they do.
    The MSc really helped me gain my job on the graduate scheme for Severn Trent Water. Initially because I would never have thought to apply for a job in the Water industry as I did not realise the opportunities and the amount of Science that is involved in treating clean and dirty water. Secondly the group work enabled me to answer the situational questions that are present in most job applications by acting as examples of when I have worked in and led teams.
    Doing the MSc in Biotechnology, Bioprocessing and Business Management is a great opportunity but to get the most out of it you need to be dedicated and prepared to work hard. My final year at Warwick has been one of the best times of my life and I would recommend it to everybody!

    rdominguezRafael Domínguez Rodríguez
    Graduated with Distinction in 2014 Nationality: Spanish First Degree: Biology First job after graduating: Regulatory Affairs Graduate Programme at Novartis
    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.

    drabbieDaniel Rabbie
    Graduated with Distinction in 2013 Nationality: British First degree: Human Biology
    First job after graduating:
    Drug Regulatory Affairs Graduate at Novartis
    This MSc provides an opportunity for individuals with a background in the life sciences to develop, refine and apply their skills within an industrially relevant context. Although there is still an academic focus, many modules aim to stimulate inter-disciplinary thought and there is a continual emphasis on group work and seminar presentations throughout the year. This combination encourages a team-oriented and outward-looking mentality. It is the multidisciplinary nature of this MSc which has proved valuable in my current job. The course gave me a broad overview of biopharmaceutical drug registration and it was particularly helpful to be lectured by an experienced industry expert who could highlight 'real world' complexities associated with this evolving area. However, in my current role I also apply lessons learnt from other course modules including Bioproduct Plant Design and Biochemical Engineering. I found the diversity in course content engaging on a day-to-day basis but I also believe it is great preparation for anyone considering a career in the industry.

    afakoyaAyodele Fakoya (shared Commonwealth Scholarship student)
    Graduated with Distinction in 2013 Nationality: Nigerian 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 with Distinction in 2013 Nationality: German/American First Degree: Molecular Biology

    First job after graduating:
    Manufacturer Services Department, GEHE Pharma Handel GmbH
    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 his/her degree, especially if one wants to graduate with honors. So be prepared to spend quite some time in front of the computer!

    dsukumarDivya Sukumar
    Graduated in 2013 Nationality: Indian First Degree: Pharmaceutical Sciences

    First job after graduating:
    Associate Manager, Indegene Lifesystems, India
    Orientation was beyond my expectation & the team made me feel comfortable. The course structure is fantastic. The MSc at Warwick helped me gain my job as I am now confident to deliver & manage teams.

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  • why-choose-this-course 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 an 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. Leading centres of expertise, including Life Sciences and Warwick Business School, form a multidisiplinary teaching faculty. The course is delivered by lecturers with internationally acknowledged academic, industrial and government expertise.
    The way the lectures are taught mean that you get to meet people who work in industry and can give you a real insight into the work they do.
    Loren Austin
    Video courtesy of www.postgraduatesearch.com
    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: 9 core modules, 3 elective modules, project dissertation. Module assessments by coursework and exam. 2015/16 Fees:
    Overseas £19,680 (bursary included)
    European £6,800 (bursary included)