MSc Biotechnology and Enterprise / Overview

Year of entry: 2024

Degree awarded
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.
Other subjects such as chemical engineering or chemistry may be suitable provided some units in the biological and molecular sciences were completed with good marks.

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 supporting documents.

Due to the high demand for this course, we operate a staged admissions process. We reserve the right to close applications at any stage if the course is full. Please apply as early as possible.

Your application must be complete to be considered within the relevant stage. For non-UK educated students, you will need to must provide some initial evidence of English language ability. We cannot provide any decisions without this.

Applications with missing supporting documents will only be given a final decision in the stage during which the outstanding documents are received. For example, if you submit your application in stage 1 but your references are not received until stage 3, you will be considered as a stage 3 applicant and you will only receive your decision by the stage 3 deadline.

We cannot prioritise any individual applications nor can we provide any decisions prior to the published stage deadlines. If you require a decision by a particular date, eg, for a scholarship application, it is your responsibility to ensure your application is submitted and completed in enough time for you to receive your decision.

If we make you an offer, you will have two weeks to reply. Offers not replied to within two weeks will be withdrawn.

  • Stage 1: Apply by 1 December 2023; decision by 29 January 2024
  • Stage 2: Apply by 8 March 2024; decision by 15 April 2024
  • Stage 3: Apply by 10 May 2024; decision by 10 June 2024
  • Stage 4: Apply by 26 July 2024; decision by 30 August 204

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

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

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.
  • Develop research skills in biotechnology 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.
  • Study at a university ranked 7th in the UK for Business and Management and for Biological Sciences (QS World University Rankings 2023).

Open days

Alumni Panel Session on Monday 29 April, 2-3pm. Join our online panel of biosciences graduates and find out about studying master’s at Manchester, and the careers this could lead to. Book your place  here


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2024, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £15,500
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £37,000

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).


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

Contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Office
0161 529 4539
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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