Are you a recent graduate, scientist, engineer or manager looking to develop your professional skills in multidisciplinary biotechnology and eager for a future in related sectors? The MSc in Biotechnology, Bioprocessing and Business Management opens the door to these opportunities.
The course is delivered in partnership with our industry partners and Warwick Business School. During your studies you’ll develop a new sense of business acumen and gain in-depth knowledge of the underlying science and processing technologies. You’ll have access to specialised language classes, as well as a personal mentor who will help to improve your academic writing.
When you graduate, you’ll be ready to enter managerial and academic roles in several sectors, including the pharmaceutical industry, whether in large multinational companies or small to medium-sized enterprises.
The course is a full time, twelve month taught programme with modular content, based around three strands:- -Business Management -Biotechnology & Molecular Biology -Bioprocessing
The course programme focuses on: -Manufacture of biochemicals, pharmaceuticals, devices and materials -Genetic engineering and the fundamentals of biotechnology -Business management, economics and finance -Marketing management -Commercialisation of products, IP -Food, biotechnology and microbiological processing -Fuels and energy -Industries based on renewable and sustainable resources -Production technologies -Plant design and economic analysis
Students will be required to complete nine core modules. They must also select a further three elective modules. Teaching will be by interactive lectures, short question & answer sessions and small group interactive workshops/tutorials. Individual and team learning will be used for case study analysis.
All students will be required to undertake a project dissertation. Students will be encouraged to propose their own project title (selection subject to availability of an appropriate supervisor) although a range of potential titles will be offered. Projects will be non-laboratory based and generally undertaken at the University of Warwick under the supervision of an approved tutor.
-The fundamentals of biotechnology -Molecular biology and genetic engineering -Biochemical engineering -Bioproduct plant design and economic analysis -Business strategy -Accounting and financial management -Marketing management -Entrepreneurship & commercialisation -Biopharmaceutical product & clinical development -Project
(Availability dependent on demand) -Microbiomics & metagenomics -Environmental protection, risk assessment and safety -Impact of biotechnology on the use of natural resources -Fundamental principles of drug discovery -E-business: Technology and management -Chemotherapy of infectious disease -Vaccines and gene therapy -Laboratory Skills
One third of the final mark will be derived from the project dissertation.
Two thirds of the final mark will be derived from assessments of the 9 core and 3 elective modules. Modules will be assessed by means of a combination of written course work, individual/group seminar presentations and a multi-choice or short answer examination. These assessments will take place during or shortly after completion of each module.
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“From the MSc I gained flexibility, enabling me to cope with both types of problems found in any industry: technical and managerial. My future ambition is in private business, in commercial application of the gained knowledge, and stem cells in particular. I found the department to be friendly, unprejudiced, with highly competent academic staff ready to help you anytime you're in trouble.” "You may find this course intensive and challenging, but you don't need to be an egghead. What you really need is sincere appreciation, even admiration of the possibilities which modern biotechnology opens to the industries and markets".
“Gaining the tendency of working hard, being more critical and getting more in charge of my future and accomplishing it for myself is what I’ve mastered from the course. On top of that, the contents of the course were definitely insightful, as I’ve built a sturdy biotechnology/pharmaceutical entrepreneurship foundation. I am currently working as a consulting analyst in the healthcare department at Frost & Sullivan. The Biotechnology, Bioprocessing and Business Management MSc definitely helped me gain this job. I enjoyed working with business plans/strategies (group works is integral to the course) as it gave me some conceptual foundation for a lot of project related activities in the real-work world. Apart from the knowledge that students gain from the course there is a continuous flow of guidance and encouragement from all lecturers and the course managers. In fact, I loved the small groups ….. as every student could get more attention. Also, everyone could convey their opinions and I learnt how to listen carefully, simultaneously initiating a knowledgeable discussion. Studying at The University of Warwick was definitely unforgettable. I had an awesome time with a combination of some hard occasions that let me appreciate my life as a student at the same time not forgetting my future as a vital business.”
"Studying at Warwick was a dream comes true. It is one of U.K’s most eminent universities. The finest of teachers and the best of facilities are present here. From the very beginning, I received constant encouragement from my professors. This made me feel very comfortable in a new country and also motivated me to do better. During my course, I became more aware of the industry practices on a global front. The frequent seminars, which were a part of the course, enhanced my presentation skills, communication skills and also made me a better team player. While working on my dissertation, I identified the broad horizons of Healthcare. The BBBM course not only helped me gain adequate knowledge but also opened wide range of prospects in various industries to choose from.
Studying at Warwick has been a memorable experience for me. The diversity at Warwick gave me an opportunity to study with students from various parts of the world. The Business Management course helped me greatly in securing my current job. Skills acquired at Warwick are helping me tremendously now at my work place."
"I joined Warwick BBM with a clear objective in mind, and that was to prime myself for a business career within the pharmaceutical industry. Coming from a Medical Science background, I realized I needed a bridge to help connect my scientific background with the business world. I'm happy to share that for myself the BBM course represented exactly that bridge. I particularly appreciated that each business module, from marketing to finance to business strategy, was geared towards the biotechnology and life science setting. Even more crucially, the knowledge you gain was practical and taught in a way that stimulated interest. Mix in a diverse class of equally driven colleagues, and a team of passionate Professors and mentors, and what I experienced was a very dynamic learning environment."
This MSc "gives a broad perspective of what to expect in the industry. Obviously you will only use bits and pieces from it directly, but the whole course enabled me to get a more holistic approach. And apart from that, the course structure involves A LOT of group work, which although difficult at times, enabled the course members to become exceptionally united and very good friends. The course combines the biological sciences, the engineering and processing factor and the business aspect. In my current job position as a project manager in an aquaculture consultancy firm, all these skills are turning out to be very, very useful. It enables me to communicate more effectively with the scientists, the engineers and the company directors to bring together a successful project. I actually got my job during interviews I was conducting for my dissertation. When I was speaking to one of the company owners, he himself offered me a job."
“Warwick is the perfect place to study, as it is away from the city distractions and the environment is natural – trees and ponds.
I had to work very hard during the MSc, and this has made me very focussed and able to work under pressure.” The MSc helped me get my job “because with the MSc I was not focussed on a particular field. I was looking at different fields and found one that was really interesting. I currently work in Medical communications, our clients include: pharmaceutical companies, the NHS, biotechnology and medical devices companies. We manage projects for these clients, and also assist with their communication projects, such as medical writing and organizing meetings. I find it interesting, as no two days are the same. Yesterday I was helping out with organising a client meeting, and today I am working on a medical writing project.
I was a member of Warwick Volunteers; I learnt to swim and was a member of the Warwick Postgraduate student Society. It is very useful to get acquainted with everything the university has to offer, such as: Free IT courses; Swimming lessons – good instructors, if like me you have never swam before; Societies: Getting involved in extracurricular activities is not only good for you, but also for your job prospects. This is because employers are not only interested in your grades, but also in your social abilities – team work, organizational and communication skills; UNITEMPS – Very useful if you can find the time to manage a part-time job. I was able to manage mine only after the intense aspect of our class – that is when lectures were over”
"I came to the University of Warwick to study because of the unique mix of modules taught in this course. We studied some very interesting business modules and their application within the life science field. I particularly enjoyed the chance to speak to real entrepreneurs with hands on experience of the biotech market. This along with the business plan exercise helped me immensely in securing my first job.
While my bachelors course in Bioinformatics had a big role to play in securing my current job, the MSc was very important too! It helped demonstrate that I was interested in working on the business side of things. My role is very similar to that of a business analyst so the analytical subjects really helped, as did all the group work experience.
My class consisted of students from all parts of the world and I made some great friends. I learnt to work effectively with different groups of people which is a skill that I use every day in my professional life. I hope to further my career within the life science industry and the course has given me a great foundation to build on."
The best thing about the MSc is gaining a ‘big picture’ view of Biotechnology and Bioprocessing. This opened up a whole new world of ideas and career opportunities that I had never thought about before. The way the lectures are taught mean that you get to meet people who work in industry and can give you a real insight into the work they do.
The MSc really helped me gain my job on the graduate scheme for Severn Trent Water. Initially because I would never have thought to apply for a job in the Water industry as I did not realise the opportunities and the amount of Science that is involved in treating clean and dirty water. Secondly the group work enabled me to answer the situational questions that are present in most job applications by acting as examples of when I have worked in and led teams.
Doing the MSc in Biotechnology, Bioprocessing and Business Management is a great opportunity but to get the most out of it you need to be dedicated and prepared to work hard. My final year at Warwick has been one of the best times of my life and I would recommend it to everybody!
The best thing about Warwick is its infrastructure, student life/activities and high growth-rate. It has been rapidly rising in the world ranking. Clearly the management knows what it is doing. The best thing about this MSc was definitely the fact that it opened my eyes to the business management part of biotech. It taught me that just discovering a compound is not enough. It is in fact more important to know when and how to develop it, where to introduce it and how to commercialize it because eventually that’s what brings the money in!
After this course I came to realize what I was truly interested in doing for a career, and the multi-disciplinary nature of this course helped me get my job (as a member of the corporate strategy and development team in a top 15 Indian pharma). They said that if not for this course, my background would have been too technical to even be considered for the position I now have there.
For all those of you thinking about joining, don’t worry, you will be choosing a great place to learn and grow. Good luck!