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Biotechnology and Enterprise MSc

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Degree awarded
MSc
Duration
1 year (full-time)
Entry requirements
 

A First or Upper Second class honours degree in the United Kingdom, or the overseas equivalent, in a biological or medical sciences discipline with sufficient evidence in relevant modules taken. Exceptional applicants with a 2:2 with some research experience or equivalence would also be considered.  

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

Applications for 2014 entry will be closed by Monday 30 June 2014. The Faculty of Life Sciences reserves the right to close courses earlier than this date if the course is full.

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning
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Course description

Biotechnology is the application of biology in industry and exploits living things and processes commercially to make useful products and provide practical solutions. In the 21st century, biotechnology is set to continue to have a major impact on all our lives from improvements in medicine and pharmaceuticals to food quality, agricultural systems and biofuels.

Using the considerable interdisciplinary research strengths and business initiatives that exist within the Faculty of Life Sciences and the Manchester Enterprise Centre, we are able to offer a challenging and innovative programme that combines expertise in entrepreneurial business development with cutting edge research.

Manchester Enterprise Centre (MEC) is based within Manchester Business School at The University of Manchester. We are recognised as one of the UK leaders in the area of enterprise education.The Faculty of Life Sciences is one of the leading centres for Life Sciences research in the UK ranked second in the UK for research power with 95% of our research classified as being of international significance.

This research based MSc program will provide you with the scientific research skills and the business knowledge required to convert scientific discoveries into inventions and commercial products. You will also explore how these translate into a business plan for start-up technologies or innovative processes within biotechnology industries. The combination of research skills and business knowledge will ensure you are well equipped for career opportunities in the global biotechnology market.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2014, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,800
    International students (per annum): £20,600

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Life Sciences
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 5032
Facsimile
+44 (0)161 275 5456
Email
Website
www.ls.manchester.ac.uk/masterscourses/courses/biotechnology/
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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

 

A First or Upper Second class honours degree in the United Kingdom, or the overseas equivalent, in a biological or medical sciences discipline with sufficient evidence in relevant modules taken. Exceptional applicants with a 2:2 with some research experience or equivalence would also be considered.  

English language

For MRes/ MSc applicants whose first language is not English an IELTS score of 6.5 in each component, TOEFL 577 (paper based), TOEFL 233 (computer based) or TOEFL 90 (internet based) is required as a minimum.

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For more details see entry requirements from your country.

How to apply

Apply online

Applications for 2014 entry will be closed by Monday 30 June 2014. The Faculty of Life Sciences reserves the right to close courses earlier than this date if the course is full.

Interview requirements

All international applicants will be interviewed by Skype.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course description

Biotechnology is the application of biology in industry and exploits living things and processes commercially to make useful products and provide practical solutions. In the 21st century, biotechnology is set to continue to have a major impact on all our lives from improvements in medicine and pharmaceuticals to food quality, agricultural systems and biofuels.

Using the considerable interdisciplinary research strengths and business initiatives that exist within the Faculty of Life Sciences and the Manchester Enterprise Centre, we are able to offer a challenging and innovative programme that combines expertise in entrepreneurial business development with cutting edge research.

Manchester Enterprise Centre (MEC) is based within Manchester Business School at The University of Manchester. We are recognised as one of the UK leaders in the area of enterprise education.The Faculty of Life Sciences is one of the leading centres for Life Sciences research in the UK ranked second in the UK for research power with 95% of our research classified as being of international significance.

This research based MSc program will provide you with the scientific research skills and the business knowledge required to convert scientific discoveries into inventions and commercial products. You will also explore how these translate into a business plan for start-up technologies or innovative processes within biotechnology industries. The combination of research skills and business knowledge will ensure you are well equipped for career opportunities in the global biotechnology market.

Course content for year 1

This programme starts in September and runs for 12 months. You require 180 credits to complete the programme, of which:

  • 90 credits are from taught course units
  • 90 credits are from the research project

In addition all students will participate in the well established Graduate Training Programme which includes workshops on communication and presentation skills, statistics and careers; core facility workshops such as microarrays and proteomics and also business development seminars and visits to industry. All students will be required to register on an academic literacy programme at the start of the course which is designed specifically to help students write for a scientific audience.

The course has three main components:

Core Entrepreneurial Skills (Taught units)

Tutorials, lectures and group sessions focus on shaping ideas for the market intellectual property & knowledge transfer and commercialisation in the life sciences. You will prepare business plans for a virtual company and take part in a business pitch to secure funds.

Core Scientific Skills (Taught units)You will undertake laboratory work, lectures, seminars and workshops which will support you in your chosen area of research. Research Project

You will undertake one full time project starting with a literature review in October and progressing to lab work in February. The final dissertation report will be presented in a format suitable for publication in a biotechnology journal.

NB: In exceptional circumstances students with experience of working in industry and knowledge of Advanced Biotechnology can be provided with the option of an alternative module Shaping Ideas for the Market in place of Advanced Biotechnology. An optional dry project would be offered in place of a lab-based project for students wishing to research a business opportunity in the life sciences. The selection of a Shaping Ideas for the Market and a dry business-related project would be confirmed at interview.

What our students say

'Doing my research project in a biotech company outside the University was a great experience as it gave me more exposure to what is out there and the way new companies operate; here I saw how many of the ideas and concepts we have learned in the class room are applied.'

Leopoldo Herrera Rodriguez

'The course has really shaped the way I look at science. Nowadays, when I see science, I see a business concept.'

Temitope (Nikkie) Adeyemi

 Read more about Leopoldo and Nikkie's experiences on the course: Biotechnology and Enterprise: Students Say...

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office. Email: disability@manchester.ac.uk

Career opportunities

The combination of research skills and business knowledge will ensure you are well equipped for career opportunities in the global biotechnology market. Around three-quarters of recent graduates have moved on to careers in industry including Business Development and knowledge transfer positions in bioscience and pharmaceutical companies. The remaining graduates have moved on to industry related PhD research.

For graduate profiles, see: