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The degree is based around the bio-business teaching offered in the College of Life Sciences & Medicine. Students will be able to select other topics from a menu of courses with the help of an adviser to make up the 180 credits needed for the MSc degree of Bio-Business with Medical Sciences. Read more
The degree is based around the bio-business teaching offered in the College of Life Sciences & Medicine. Students will be able to select other topics from a menu of courses with the help of an adviser to make up the 180 credits needed for the MSc degree of Bio-Business with Medical Sciences. Topics include small molecule drug discovery, biologic drug discovery, molecular pharmacology, basic genetics, basic immunology and microbiology.

COURSES
Semester 1

Introduction to Bio-Business and the Commercialisation of Bioscience Research
Generic Skills
Basic Skills
Optional
Drug Metabolism & Toxicology
Molecular Pharmacology
Small Molecule Drug Discovery
Therapeutics
Introduction to Molecular Biology

Semester 2
Advanced Bio-Business and the Commercialisation of Bioscience Research
Biologic Drug Discovery
Basic Research Methods
Optional
Pharmacovigilance
Pharmacokinetics

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For those seeking a role in the technology transfer, technology finance or pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, it is essential to develop an understanding of the science, regulatory environment, and communication and deal-making. Read more
For those seeking a role in the technology transfer, technology finance or pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, it is essential to develop an understanding of the science, regulatory environment, and communication and deal-making. The Bio-business programme delivers an overview of the history and trends in scientific research and development in the industrial biosciences. This is supported and complemented by business, entrepreneurial and industry-facing modules, including the structure of the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries in the context of regulation and public perception. The programme highlights issues of risk and regulation and the socio-economic benefits stemming from technology and material developments.

The main aims are to convey a broad and detailed understanding of all these critical issues, and to provide insight into both the theory and practice of entrepreneurship and business in the context of the bioscience industry, recognising the differences between science-based projects and other types of commercial activity.

The programme features specialist presentations from researchers and authorities in subject areas such as ethics, biological products and business development. Hands-on experiential learning is also provided, developing students' ability to build talented teams and pitch for funds, among other essential skills.

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

- Provides training in management and business principles, in research methods via new and existing modules offered by CIMR in the Department of Management, and new modules in the Department of Biological Sciences.
- Analyses core and specialist issues in business innovation, focused on biological and chemical sciences.
- Specialist presentations from authorities in subject areas such as ethics, pharmaceuticals and technology transfer. New biological sciences module content is informed by a high-profile industrial panel.
- Requires you to carry out an independent piece of research within the subject area of the programme.
- Evening, face-to-face study in full-time and part-time modes.

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Drug Discovery is one of the few areas which have continued to expand over the last 5 years. Drug discovery involves multidisciplinary teams working in academia, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Read more
Drug Discovery is one of the few areas which have continued to expand over the last 5 years. Drug discovery involves multidisciplinary teams working in academia, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Our MRes in Drug Discovery provides training in across all aspects of drug discovery and development, clinical pharmacology and medical biotechnology. The degree programme consists of one term of taught courses (3 months) followed by 2 individual research projects lasting 16 weeks each.

COURSES
Semester 1
Molecular Pharmacology
Small Molecule Drug Discovery
Introduction to Bio-Business and the Commercialisation of Bioscience Research
Basic Skills-Induction
Generic Skills

Optional
Introduction to Molecular Biology
Applied Statistics
Drug Metabolism & Toxicology

Semester 2
Research Project
Optional
Advanced Bio-Business and the Commercialisation of Bioscience Research
Biologic Drug Discovery
Basic Research Methods

Semester 3
Research Project 2

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Stratified Medicine holds huge potential in the timely development of new treatments for human disease. It is among the most important concepts to emerge in 21st century clinical science and will be a crucial component of the global drive to increase the efficacy, safety and cost effectiveness of new treatments. Read more
Stratified Medicine holds huge potential in the timely development of new treatments for human disease. It is among the most important concepts to emerge in 21st century clinical science and will be a crucial component of the global drive to increase the efficacy, safety and cost effectiveness of new treatments. This new taught postgraduate Masters programme draws on the current and future needs of the Life Sciences sector, to create a highly skilled workforce and is being developed in conjunction with the industrial partners of the Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre (SMS-IC). It harnesses Scotland’s strengths in Stratified Medicine, Clinical Trials, Bioinformatics and Pharmacogenomics to provide focused training which integrates basic and clinical sciences, and equips students with grounding in the essential skills required to design, execute and evaluate modern clinical interventions.

Why this programme

-Students will be given the unique opportunity to undertake an industry placement as their main project. This fantastic opportunity will be offered by partner commercial organisations/companies and universities.
-The programme will cover aspects of commercial innovation and entrepreneurial skills, together with the principles which underpin the emerging science at the interface between genetics and pharmacology.
-Students on the programme will undergo theoretical and practical training in state-of-the-art research processes, enabling an appreciation of how to applynovel stratified approaches, together with clinical pharmacological, regulatory and ethical principles to the optimisation of future clinical research and therapeutic practice.
-Students will also gain an understanding of statistical methods used to evaluate the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of new treatments, and direct experience of how all of these techniques are applied by academic and industrial researchers in the development of new medicines.
-Following successful completion of the programme a joint master’s degree will be awarded.
-The five stakeholder universities, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Strathclyde, Dundee and Edinburgh are internationally recognised as leaders in biomedical research, hosting highly collaborative and productive groups with the requisite expertise in pharmacology, clinical trial methodology, pharmacogenomics, and life sciences. This vibrant environment, coupled with Scotland’s tradition of excellence in clinical research and significant recent investment in the new science of Stratified Medicine make it the ideal place to acquire the transferrable skills required for a successful and fulfilling career in 21st century biomedicine.

Programme structure

This MSc degree is awarded jointly by the Universities of Glasgow, Aberdeen and Strathclyde. Courses included in this programme are delivered by these three institutions as well as the Universities of Dundee and Edinburgh. Students will be offered a choice of base institution, either Glasgow or Aberdeen. Each base campus has its own programme structure; however students from both campuses will study courses covering three themes totalling 120 credits. Sample course are included below. For the most up to date information on the courses available at each campus please contact

Scientific basis of stratified medicine
-Small molecule drug discovery
-Biological drug discovery
-Pharmacogenomics and molecular medicine.

Commercialisation of science
-Introduction to bio-business
-Advanced bio-business
-New venture creation
-Regulation and governance of new therapies

Application of research and evaluation of new technologies
-Clinical trials: principles and methods
-Applied statistics with routine health datasets
-Spatial epidemiology
-Applied health economics

Project and Assessment
The project will account for the remaining 60 credits. All projects will either have an industrial placement or a project which addresses an industrial need. The programme will include an opportunity for all students to present the outcomes of their projects to an audience of other students, academics and industry representatives. Assessment will consist of submission of a dissertation and presentation.

Career prospects

Graduates will be able to pursue careers in a variety of academic and industrial areas including clinical research, preclinical lab-based research, business development with expert knowledge in life sciences and bioinformatics/biostatistics.

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In our MSc in Drug Discovery and Development we train students in major areas of biochemical and molecular pharmacology and therapeutics relevant to the drug discovery and development business. Read more
In our MSc in Drug Discovery and Development we train students in major areas of biochemical and molecular pharmacology and therapeutics relevant to the drug discovery and development business. This includes training in molecular pharmacology, drug metabolism and toxicology, therapeutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmcovigilance, regulatory affairs and clinical pharmacology.

COURSES
Introduction to Bio-Business and Commercialisation of Bioscience Research
Drug Metabolism and Toxicology
Generic Skills
Basic Skills - Introduction
Small Molecule Drug Discovery

Semester 2
Advanced Bio- Business and the Commercialisation of Bioscience Research 2
Pharmokinetics
Basic Research Methods
Biologic Drug Discovery

Semester 3
Research Project

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Developed in conjunction with the industrial partners of the Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre (SMS-IC).Stratified Medicine holds huge potential to enhance timely development of new treatments for human disease. Read more
Developed in conjunction with the industrial partners of the Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre (SMS-IC).Stratified Medicine holds huge potential to enhance timely development of new treatments for human disease. It is among the most important concepts to emerge in 21st century clinical science and will be a crucial component of the global drive to increase the efficacy, safety and cost effectiveness of new medicines.

COURSES
Science Basis to Stratified Medicine
Commercialisation of Science
Application of Research and Evaluation Technologies

Options
Pharmaceutical Medicine
Drug Disposition
Advanced Bio-Business
New Venture Creation
Applied Health Economics
Clinical Trials: Principles and Methods
Developing Research and Evaluation Skills
Spatial Epidemiology
Quantitative Research Methods
Systemic Reviews
Genome Enabled Medicine
Pharmacokinetics and Toxicokinetics
Biologic Drug Discovery

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