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Biotechnology, Bioprocessing and Business Management (MSc) (2021 Entry)



  • Course Code
  • P-C5N2
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Taught
  • Qualification
  • MSc
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Location of Study
  • University of Warwick


The Biotechnology, Bioprocessing and Business Management MSc combines expertise in scientific knowledge and business acumen. Ranked 5th in the UK for Biosciences (Guardian 2020 University Guide), Warwick's Life Sciences department will equip you with the relevant science, production and business tools through a multidisciplinary approach.


The bioprocessing and biotechnology industries are major components of global industrialised economies with impacts in medicine, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing 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 you with the necessary tools and expertise to become an entrepreneur, offering key business information and industrially relevant knowledge. Leading centres of expertise, including staff from Life Sciences and Warwick Business School (WBS), form a multidisciplinary teaching faculty. The course is delivered by lecturers with internationally acknowledged academic, industrial and government expertise.


Core Modules

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

Optional Modules

Previously, a selection of the following options have been offered:

  • Environmental Protection, Risk Assessment and Safety
  • Innovations to Prevent and Treat Infectious Disease
  • Essentials of Medical Genomics
  • Microbiomics and Metagenomics

Our optional module lists are subject to change each year to keep the student learning experience current and up-to-date. You can find the most up to date list on the Life Sciences website.


Teaching

You will be taught by a multidisciplinary teaching faculty including staff from Life Sciences and Warwick Business School, joined by lecturers with internationally acknowledged academic, industrial and government expertise.

Teaching is typically by facilitated sessions, including interactive lectures, short question & answer sessions and small group interactive workshops/tutorials. Individual and team learning will be used for case study analysis and workshop activities. Your project dissertation will be 15,000 words in length, non-laboratory based and generally undertaken at the University of Warwick under the supervision of an approved tutor. Every student has the opportunity to source their own work-based placement.

Contact hours and class sizes

Depending on the module contact hours vary between 15-25 per week and class sizes vary between 5 to 90 students.

Assessment

Assessments take place during or shortly after completion of each module and include essays, seminar presentations, poster presentations, Multiple Choice Question exams and assessed group work. One third of your final mark will be derived from the project dissertation which is 15,000 words in length. Two thirds of your final mark will be derived from assessment of the eight core and two elective modules.

Skills from this degree

You will gain:

  • The ability to understand the scientific, technical and financial basis of biotechnology systems
  • The ability to understand the operation and management of biotechnology industries
  • The ability to appraise and analyse financial and business implications in a global context
  • Transferable skills including team working, communicating with peers and sector specialists, organising, planning and oral presentation
  • Research skills including scientific report writing, numerical skills, logical reasoning, critical analysis and project work

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

English language requirements Band A
IELTS overall score of 6.5, minimum component scores not below 6.0

International Students
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.


For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home, EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage.

Warwick alumni are also eligible for an additional School of Life Sciences 10% tuition fee discount.

Additional Course Costs

All students in Life Sciences are strongly encouraged to buy a computer, at an approximate cost of £600.

Students are expected to have suitable clothing for field trips, including waterproof footwear.

Scholarships

Up to two SLS Excellence Scholarships may be awarded as a 50% reduction of course fees, across all Masters courses. Awards will be based on past academic achievement and experience, motivation for study, extracurricular activities and vision for the future.


Graduates from the School of Life Sciences taught Masters courses have gone on to work for employers including: Pfizer; Severn Trent Water; Eurofins Agroscience Services; Novartis; Philips Healthcare; Rothamstead Research; NGO Client Earth and Public Health England. They have pursued roles such as: research associate, science editor, regulatory affairs officer, marketing manager, business and financial project management professionals, environmental health professionals, agronomist, and climate change consultant.

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Careers in Life Sciences Networking Event
  • Careers in Science
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
  • Mock Interviews for Life Sciences students
  • Interested in Careers in Scientific Publishing

There are a number of different ways to visit the University of Warwick throughout the year. We host bespoke PG visits, where you can talk directly with your chosen department and explore our campus through a personalised tour. Some departments also host their own events and open days, where you can learn more about your department or course of study. To find out more about all of these opportunities, visit our Postgraduate Visits page.