MSc Biotechnology and Enterprise

Year of entry: 2022

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Overview

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

We require an honours degree (minimum Upper Second) or overseas equivalent in the biological sciences, which includes a broad suite of subjects, for example, biochemistry, biotechnology, cell biology, genetics, life sciences, microbiology, molecular biology. Majoring in other subjects such as hemical engineering or chemistry may be suitable provided some units in the biological sciences were completed as minor subjects.

You must also provide sufficient evidence of the relevant units taken.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form. See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

Due to the high demand for this course we operate a staged admissions process as set out below. However, we reserve the right to close applications at any stage if the course is full so recommend that you apply as early as possible. In order for your application to be assessed at the earlier stages, you must ensure all your supporting documents including references are submitted by the relevant stage deadline. If we make you an offer, you will have 4 weeks to reply. Offers not replied to within 4 weeks will be withdrawn so that a place can be offered to another candidate.

  • Stage 1: Application completed by 10 December 2021; decision by 31 January 2022
  • Stage 2: Application completed by 10 March 2022; decision by 10 April 2022
  • Stage 3: Application completed by 10 May 2022; decision by 10 June 2022
  • Stage 4: Application completed by 31 July 2022; decision by 31 August 2022

Please note we give preference to applicants with grades above our minimum entry requirements due to the competition for places.

Whilst we aim to give you a decision on your application by the deadline date, in some instances due to the competition for places and the volume of applications received, it may be necessary to roll your application forward to the next deadline date. If this is the case we will let you know after the initial deadline has passed.

Course options

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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 7th in the UK for Business and Management and 6th for Biological Sciences (QS World University Rankings 2021).
  • Develop research skills and scientific knowledge applicable to a range of careers, including working as a consultant, in business development, as a research and development manager, patent engineer and technical specialist, or continuing research in a PhD programme.

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Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2022, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £14,500
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £29,000

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

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 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.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

For the latest scholarship and bursary information please visit the fees and funding page.

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Office
Telephone
+44 (0)161 543 4693
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/biology
School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require an honours degree (minimum Upper Second) or overseas equivalent in the biological sciences, which includes a broad suite of subjects, for example, biochemistry, biotechnology, cell biology, genetics, life sciences, microbiology, molecular biology. Majoring in other subjects such as hemical engineering or chemistry may be suitable provided some units in the biological sciences were completed as minor subjects.

You must also provide sufficient evidence of the relevant units taken.

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

We ask for English language proof if you are from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS : 6.5 overall (6.5 in each component)
  • TOEFL: 90 internet-based (with 22 in each component)

See further information about requirements for your country .

We may also accept evidence of a confirmed place on a University Pre-sessional English language course , if your current IELTS scores are:

  • Minimum 6.0 overall (with 6.0 in each component) plus enrolment and attendance on the 6-week pre-sessional course (PS6)
  • Minimum 6.0 overall (with 5.5 in each component) plus enrolment and attendance on the 10-week pre-sessional course (PS10).

Please note, we must approve this before you apply for the English course.

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

Please apply via our online application form. See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

Due to the high demand for this course we operate a staged admissions process as set out below. However, we reserve the right to close applications at any stage if the course is full so recommend that you apply as early as possible. In order for your application to be assessed at the earlier stages, you must ensure all your supporting documents including references are submitted by the relevant stage deadline. If we make you an offer, you will have 4 weeks to reply. Offers not replied to within 4 weeks will be withdrawn so that a place can be offered to another candidate.

  • Stage 1: Application completed by 10 December 2021; decision by 31 January 2022
  • Stage 2: Application completed by 10 March 2022; decision by 10 April 2022
  • Stage 3: Application completed by 10 May 2022; decision by 10 June 2022
  • Stage 4: Application completed by 31 July 2022; decision by 31 August 2022

Please note we give preference to applicants with grades above our minimum entry requirements due to the competition for places.

Whilst we aim to give you a decision on your application by the deadline date, in some instances due to the competition for places and the volume of applications received, it may be necessary to roll your application forward to the next deadline date. If this is the case we will let you know after the initial deadline has passed.

Advice to applicants

We require the following documents before we can consider your application: 

  • Transcript of your studies to date.
  • Degree certificate (if you have already graduated).
  • Personal statement detailing why you are interested in the course and which aspect most excites you, what relevant knowledge/experience you will bring, and how the course aligns with your future career goals. Please also give examples of your ability to work both independently and in groups.
  • Curriculum vitae (CV).
  • An academic reference. You will be required to provide the name and contact details of two referees during completion of the application form. Your referees will be contacted directly and asked to provide a letter of reference. When providing referee details, you must ensure the email addresses are accurate and official, typically ending with an institutional domain. We do not accept references provided from a personal email address, eg Hotmail or Gmail.

If any of the supporting documents is not in English, you must also provide us with an official or certified English translation.

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).

How your application is considered

We consider your full academic history including which undergraduate course units you have taken and the marks obtained. When application numbers are high, even if you have met our minimum entry requirements, we will take into account your marks in relevant undergraduate course units in our final decision making.

Interview requirements

International applicants might be invited to attend an interview by Zoom.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 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.

You cannot use your CAS to apply for a visa more than three months before the start date of your course. This means that if you intend to begin a course on 19th September 2022, we will not issue you with a CAS number before 19th June 2022.

Your CAS number is only valid for one student visa application.

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 for commercial applications.

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 the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, the Faculty of Science and Engineering 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, 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 scientific 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

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)

Workshops, lectures and group sessions focus on intellectual property and knowledge transfer and commercialisation in the life sciences. You will prepare a business plan for a virtual company and take part in a business pitch to describe the value and potential of your product.

  • Commercialisation in the Life Sciences including strategic business planning (45 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 and industrial proteins (15 credits)
  • Disease modelling and genome engineering (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)

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
Disease Modelling and Genome Engineering BIOL67672 15 Mandatory

Scholarships and bursaries

For the latest scholarship and bursary information please visit the fees and funding page.

What our students say

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 from our students on highlights of the course in 2019 on the Biology, Medicine and Health Student Blog .

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.

Recent graduates have either continued to a PhD programme or moved into careers in industry, including business development, patent engineering, consultancy and knowledge transfer positions in bioscience and pharmaceutical companies.