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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Biological Sciences


  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    12 Months Full Time or 24 Months Part Time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

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  • Last Updated

    20 June 2019

If you are interested in the growth of biotechnology and bio pharmaceutical industries in the UK and worldwide you will be interested in studying this programme. This is a unique programme to commercialise scientific research and refine skills to support this.  University of Aberdeen offers one of the best medical schools in the UK and there are an impressive number of graduates who have started their own spin out enterprises as a result of studying these discipline areas. This specially developed programme combines many essential components to growing business in the Biotechnology areas and allows further understanding about how to develop around the subject in disciplines such a genome drug discovery, applied statistics, commercialisation of Biotechnology, regulation and more. This gives you a great range of techniques, skills and analytical ability to develop your own interests. You are also highly employable in the existing industry area to support industry advancement.

The Scottish Government has seen the need for highly qualified professionals in Biotechnology in its innovation centres. Many of the needs and skills overlap to support new innovations and improvements to quality of life. This innovation growth has been spurred by industry 4.0 the ability to upscale easily compared to a few years ago and develop customised solutions when relevant. Bio-business products now drive the traditional areas of pharmaceuticals and new business innovation areas in the UK. There has been considerable disruption in this industry area and new high growth industries competing and taking market gaps from traditional industries. New facilities have been set up to assist in upstream testing and small scale production in Scotland IBioIC (Glasgow) and England CPI (Darlington and Wilton) at respective innovation centres.

If you come from a life sciences background, pharmacy, medical biosciences or other similar scientific discipline this programme is specifically aimed at improving your career prospects in working in established business NPD departments or starting your own business with your own research ideas taken to commercialisation.  The programme gives you the advanced level skills on the scientific side of things in research and development and the commercialisation side of business in understanding regulation. You learn by self directed and practical sessions and you get plenty of application to ensure you get repeated exposure. This is interdisciplinary and you learn with leading industry experts and academics.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Bio-Business and the Commercialisation of Bioscience Research
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biotechnology
  • Basic Skills


  • Small Molecule Drug Discovery
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Introduction to Microbiology
  • Applied Statistics

Semester 2

  • Advanced Bio-Business and the Commercialisation of Bioscience Research
  • Advanced Biotechnology
  • Advanced Bioinformatics and Genome Sequencing
  • Beyond Your Degree


  • Biologic Drug Discovery
  • Regulation in Microbial Adaptation

Semester 3

  • Research Project

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

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Why study at Aberdeen?

  • Study within one of the top medical schools in the UK in the biggest medical campus in Europe
  • Study brand new courses from Aberdeen in Genome Sequencing to allow you to carry out tests on bacteria and latest approaches to protein expression, including synthetic biology and modelling
  • You learn in a dynamic research culture with opportunities to build networks and explore spin out when you graduate.
  • The interdisciplinary learning doesn't just stop at Aberdeen the school collaborates with other universities and governments n the UK, Europe and America plus more than 12 developing countries

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • 12 Months or 24 Months
  • Full Time or Part Time
  • September start

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