MSc Applied Biopharmaceutical Biotechnology and Entrepreneurship

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Program Description

MSc Applied Biopharmaceutical Biotechnology and Entrepreneurship

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences


The course provides students with the scientific research skills and the basic business knowledge needed to convert scientific discoveries into inventions and commercial products.

You will learn how to translate these into a business plan for start-up technologies or innovative processes within biotechnology industries.

You should acquire a combination of essential research and business practical skills in finance, marketing and management which will equip you for career opportunities in the global biotechnology market.

Key facts

  • This course is run by the School of Biosciences, in conjunction with the University’s Business School
  • A series of off-site visits to Institutes and biotechnology companies will provide you with information on the latest technologies and research
  • You will undertake a three month industry placement research project or management project in conjunction with a biopharmaceutical or biotechnological company in line with your individual career aspirations
  • The School of Biosciences is ranked the no.1 research environment in the UK in the 2014 REF (Research Excellence Framework); 97% of our work was judged to be of international quality
  • The Business School is one of the UK’s leading centres for management education and is globally ranked among the world’s top business schools for the quality of its teaching and research on sustainability and social responsibility

Course details

This programme requires 180 credits. The 12 months’ course consists of two semesters of taught modules (120 credits), followed by a Research Project (60 credits) of 3 months on a full-time basis during the summer period. Part-time students should be prepared to undertake their research project in the summer of the second year, working on a full-time basis.

You will study at Sutton Bonington Campus (School of Biosciences), University Park (School of Biomedical Sciences) and Jubilee Campus (Business School).


Taught modules are compulsory. Exceptions will be made for students who have already completed certain modules as part of their undergraduate degrees.

  • Industrial and Biomedical Macromolecules
  • Physical Chemistry of Molecules
  • Antibody Biotechnology
  • Polysaccharide and Drug Delivery Biotechnology
  • Structural Biology
  • Project Management
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Marketing for Entrepreneurs
  • Innovation Management
  • Science, Technology, Arts and Business
  • Industrial and Laboratory Placement with Project Dissertation

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.


There are significant opportunities within the global biopharmaceutical, biotechnology and healthcare market for scientists qualified in both research and business skills.

Average starting salary and career progression

94% of postgraduates in the School of Biosciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £24,495 with the highest being £37,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career prospects and employability

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors andspecific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject

English language requirements

IELTS:6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 13, 2018
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This course is Campus based
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Aug. 2018
1 year
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United Kingdom - Nottingham, England
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£8,820 (UK/EU) - £22,410 (international)