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MPhil in Bioscience Enterprise

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Full time


9 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MPhil - Master of Philosophy

Subject areas

Enterprises Biotechnology

Course type


Course Summary

The MPhil in Bioscience Enterprise (MBE) programme is an intensive taught science and business course intended for those who have an interest in enterprise and the ambition to found technology companies or take up leadership, executive or consultancy roles in the life sciences sector.

The educational aims of the MBE are to:

  • enhance understanding of life sciences and related technological developments;
  • foster research and analytical skills and methodologies;
  • develop written and verbal communication skills;
  • provide knowledge of the ethical, legal and regulatory issues associated with bringing scientific advances to market; and
  • develop applied business skills, including those that enable students to:
  • identify potential business opportunities arising from research in life sciences and related areas;
  • exploit entrepreneurial opportunities; and
  • undertake senior executive roles within biotechnology companies and other commercial entities.

Other aims of the programme are to:

  • provide a coherent and supportive learning environment, with students working closely with teachers drawn from both academic and biotechnology business executive backgrounds and whose teaching is informed by their own knowledge and business expertise;
  • develop new areas of teaching in response to advances of scholarship and the community; and
  • continue to attract outstanding students, irrespective of background


A 10,000-word dissertation is a core component of assessment. Students must pass both the taught and the dissertation component of the course to attain the degree qualification. The dissertation is based on data collected during the research placement and its subsequent analysis. It should demonstrate awareness of the current academic and business literature and show evidence of innovative thinking. At the end of the dissertation-writing period, students give an assessed presentation.

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Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High 2.1 Honours Degree. A minimum of a UK high 2.1 or equivalent first degree in the life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, medicine or veterinary science is the usual prerequisite. Occasionally suitable applicants from other backgrounds, for example, finance and law, are admitted providing they are able to demonstrate their strong interest in the core disciplines of the course. At least two years of postgraduate experience prior to application in a related industrial or business environment is highly recommended.