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MSc Biotechnology with Business Enterprise

Programme code:MSC-BSGS/BBEUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Professor Alex Breeze Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

- A bachelor degree with minimum 2:1 (Hons) or equivalent, in a relevant subject such as: Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Pharmacology, Biomedical Science, Biotechnology, Biochemical Engineering, Natural Sciences
- IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

Molecular and Cellular Biology, Faculty of Biological Sciences

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Taught Student Education Exam Board

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Subject benchmarks do not exist for bioscience or biotechnology Masters programmes. Although there are subject benchmarks for Business and Management, they lack specific applicability to the skills developed in this Masters programme, which are focused on entrepreneurship, enterprise, and new venture creation. Students are expected to demonstrate the characteristics embodied in the QAA Qualifications Frameworks level descriptors for Masters degrees (('s-degree-characteristics-statement.pdf?sfvrsn=6ca2f981_10)

Programme specification:

The programme equips graduates with the knowledge, skills, experience, and personal attributes to successfully translate (or facilitate the translation of) biotechnology ideas developed at the laboratory bench into new commercial ventures or products of value to wider society.

Delivered jointly by the Faculty of Biological Sciences and the renowned Leeds University Business School (LUBS), this innovative programme fulfils a need for graduate-level courses that combine state-of-the-art, research-led tuition and learning opportunities in molecular biosciences and biotechnology with business, enterprise, venture launch and management skills that are essential for today’s entrepreneurial biotech and biopharma sector culture.

The programme combines three basic elements: 1) core taught modules in biotechnology and business enterprise, including commercialisation and intellectual property; 2) a choice of optional modules building on and extending this core; and 3) a choice of self-directed learning elements including a bioscience research project, with the option (subject to availability) of a business-style placement with an enterprise associated with Leeds University’s NEXUS external partnering function.

Throughout the programme, opportunities for networking with other Masters cohorts on programmes sharing common modules in both Biological Sciences and the Business School will be maximised.

At the end of the course, graduates will be equipped with the skills necessary to enter employment in a wide range of sectors including: business development, knowledge transfer, or intellectual property functions within biopharma/biotech industries (established or start-up) or in the university tech transfer sector. Alternatively, graduates of the programme may choose to conduct research at PhD level and subsequently to create their own new business ventures.

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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

BIOL5124MIntroduction to Pharmaceutical Science and Commerce15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BIOL5126MPractical Bioinformatics15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BIOL5148MResearch Planning and Scientific Communication15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
BIOL5373MProtein Engineering Laboratory Project15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
BIOL5393MBioscience MSc Research Project60 credits1 Feb to 30 Sep
LUBS5537MNew Venture Creation15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LUBS5963MEntrepreneurship and Enterprise Creation15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study one 15 credit module from the following optional modules: 

BIOL5207MMedical Diagnostics15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BIOL5209MTreatment of Infectious Disease and Cancer15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
BLGY5238MCircular Approaches to Sustainable Agri-food Systems15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Candidates will be required to study one 15 credit module from the following optional modules: 

LUBS5527MEnterprise and Society15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LUBS5531MCritical Entrepreneurship Studies15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Last updated: 12/05/2023 16:51:17


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