Skip to navigation | Skip to main content | Skip to footer
Menu Share this content
Menu Search the University of Manchester siteSearch
Search type

Alternatively, use our A–Z index

MSc Biotechnology and Enterprise at The University of Manchester
MSc Biotechnology and Enterprise
This course combines expertise in entrepreneurial business development with cutting-edge research in bioscience.

MSc Biotechnology and Enterprise

Year of entry: 2017

Overview

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

We require an honours degree (minimum Upper Second) or equivalent in a biological or medical sciences discipline with sufficient evidence of the relevant units taken. We may also consider exceptional applicants with a Lower Second who also have research experience or equivalent.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Applications for this course are now closed for 2017 entry and will reopen for 2018 entry in October 2017.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MSc Y N N N

Course overview

  • Learn how to turn scientific discoveries into inventions and commercial products through this course taught jointly by the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health and Alliance Manchester Business School.
  • Study at a university ranked 6th in the UK for business and management and 6th for biological sciences (QS World University Rankings 2017).
  • Develop research skills and scientific knowledge applicable to a range of careers.

Open days

Attending an open day is a great way to find out what studying at Manchester is like. Find out about our  upcoming open days .

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £13,000
    International students (per annum): £23,000

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 Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Office
Telephone
+44 (0)161 306 5439
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/biology
Academic department overview
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Courses in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require an honours degree (minimum Upper Second) or equivalent in a biological or medical sciences discipline with sufficient evidence of the relevant units taken. We may also consider exceptional applicants with a Lower Second who also have research experience or equivalent.

English language

For applicants whose first language is not English, we require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall and 6.5 in each component, or TOEFL 90 (internet based) with a minimum of 22 in each component.

If you are to attend a pre-sessional English course at our University Language Centre prior to the start of your course, a UKVI Approved Secure English Language Test  may be required for the purpose of your Tier 4 visa application. For details, please see requirements from our University Language Centre .

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 .

Application and selection

How to apply

Applications for this course are now closed for 2017 entry and will reopen for 2018 entry in October 2017.

Advice to applicants

We require the following documents before we can consider your application.
  • Transcript of your studies to date, translated into English.
  • Two academic references on letter headed paper. These can be scanned and uploaded when you apply or emailed to pgtaught.biosciences@manchester.ac.uk . We do not request references on an applicant's behalf and it is your responsibility to ensure your referees know how to provide your reference to us.
  • Degree certificate (if you have already graduated).
  • Personal statement or statement of purpose.
  • Curriculum vitae (CV).
If English is not your first language, we also require proof of your English language ability. If you have already taken an English language qualification, please include your certificate with your application. We may be willing to consider your application without this document, but if we choose to make you an offer, the conditions will include IELTS (or equivalent qualification).

Interview requirements

International applicants might be invited to attend an interview 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 details

Course description

Our MSc Biotechnology and Enterprise course will show you how to turn scientific discoveries into commercial products using a combination of research skills and business knowledge.

Jointly delivered by the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health and Alliance Manchester Business School, this master's course will also show you how discoveries can translate into a business plan for start-up technologies or innovative processes within biotechnology industries.

You will cover topics including intellectual property and advanced biotechnology through taught units before carrying out a lab-based research project.

The combination of research skills and business knowledge will ensure you are well-equipped for career opportunities in the global biotechnology market.

Special features

Wide range of teaching expertise

Learn from experts from both the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health and Alliance Manchester Business School to combine your scientific and business knowledge and skills.

Teaching and learning

We use a range of teaching and learning methods, including lectures, tutorials, lab work, seminars and workshops.

Find out more by visiting the postgraduate teaching and learning page.

Coursework and assessment

The research project is assessed by a written report presented in a format suitable for publication in a biotechnology journal.

Course unit details

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

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

In addition, all students will participate in the Graduate Training Programme, which includes workshops on communication and presentation skills, statistics and careers, as well as 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 you 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, including intellectual property and 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.

  • Commercialisation in the Life Sciences including strategic business planning (30 credits)
  • Intellectual Property in the Life Sciences (15 credits)

Core Scientific Skills (taught units)  

You will undertake laboratory work, lectures, seminars and workshops which will support you in your chosen area of research.

  • Advanced Biotechnology I: expression systems for biopharmaceutical & industrial proteins (15 credits)
  • Research Seminars & Workshops (15 credits)

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.

  • Research Skills - Lab-based Research Project (90 credits)

Please note: In exceptional circumstances, students with experience of working in industry and knowledge of advanced biotechnology can be provided with the option of an alternative unit called 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 Shaping Ideas for the Market and a dry business-related project would be confirmed at interview.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Commercialisation in the Life Sciences BIOL60760 45 Mandatory
Research Skills (Lab-based Research Project) BIOL60770 90 Mandatory
Advanced Biotechnology I: expression systems for biopharmaceutical & industrial proteins BIOL60771 15 Mandatory
Intellectual Property in the Life Sciences BIOL60780 15 Mandatory
Research Seminars & Workshops (MSc Biotechnology Enterprise) BIOL65150 15 Mandatory
PGT Supervisor Meeting (MSc) BIOL72100 0 Mandatory
PGT Advisor Meeting (MSc)-3 BIOL73050 0 Mandatory
PGT Advisor Mtg (MSc)-1 BIOL73130 0 Mandatory
PGT Advisor Meeting (MSc)-2 BIOL73230 0 Mandatory

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. I saw how many of the ideas and concepts we have learned in the classroom 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

Facilities

You will be able to access a range of facilities throughout the University.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .

Careers

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 into careers in industry, including business development and knowledge transfer positions in bioscience and pharmaceutical companies.

The remaining graduates have gone into industry-related PhD research.