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Biotechnology, Bioprocessing and Business Management - MSc (Full-Time, 2018 Entry)

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. 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.

Core Modules:
Core modules typically include:

  • The Fundamentals of Biotechnology
  • Biochemical Engineering - Bioreactor Engineering & Unit Operations
  • Entrepreneurship & Commercialisation
  • Bioproduct Plant Design & Economic Analysis
  • Molecular Biology & Genetic Engineering
  • Project
  • Biopharmaceutical Product and Clinical Development
  • Marketing Management
  • Accounting and Financial Management
  • Business Strategy

Optional Modules:
Optional modules typically include:

  • E-Business: Technology & Management
  • Impact of Biotechnology on the Use of natural Resources
  • Fundamental Principles of Drug Discovery
  • Environmental Protection, Risk Assessment & Safety
  • Vaccines & Gene Therapy
  • Chemotherapy of Infectious Diseases
  • Essentials of Medical Genomics
  • Microbiomics & Metagenomics
  • Laboratory Skills

* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

Teaching is typically 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 complete nine core modules and select a further three elective modules. You will be required to undertake a project dissertation.
You 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.

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 nine core and three elective modules.

Modules are typically assessed by means of a combination of written course work, individual/group seminar or poster presentations and a multi-choice or short answer examination. These assessments will take place during or shortly after completion of each module.

Graduate Destinations:

Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including: Binding Site Group Ltd, Tata Technologies, Zimmerman & Partners, AkzoNobel, Frost & Sullivan, Pfizer India Ltd, Novartis, Sanofi-Aventis Shanghai, the European Medical Agency as well as numerous small to medium sized businesses, PhD programmes and graduate schemes.

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Essential information


Full-time: 1 year 

Entry requirements

2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject

English Language requirements

Band A

Department of study

School of Life Sciences

Location of study

University of Warwick

Course fees

Home/EU: £8,580 per year
Overseas: £24,640 per year

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Application information


This information is applicable for 2018 entry.