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Entry requirements

Normally at least a second-class honours degree (2:2). An interest in and understanding of biological, medical and chemical sciences is also required, since advanced study concepts in the life sciences will be encountered in one compulsory module and in the Bio-business project. An interest in theories of business, entrepreneurship and the commercial translation of science is required for most compulsory modules.

Applications are reviewed on their individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

Months of entry


Course content

If you are seeking a role in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries, it's essential that you have a solid understanding of the science and the regulatory environment, as well as communications and deal-making skills. Birkbeck's MSc Bio-Business offers you broad, yet detailed, insights into both the theory and practice of entrepreneurship and business in the bioscience industries, with a focus on commercial activity in science-related projects.

The MSc Bio-Business provides an overview of the life sciences sector, supported and complemented by business, entrepreneurial and applied modules. You will explore the structure of the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries in the context of regulation and public perception, to highlight issues of risk, regulation and socioeconomic benefits stemming from technology and material developments. The course features specialist professionals presenting on key areas, such as communications, pharmaceuticals and business development.

Industry specialists will be present and available for networking, and you will be encouraged to spend some time in a company in the sector, via networking opportunities.

Hands-on experiential learning is also provided, such as building talented teams and pitching for funds.


  • You will develop the science, business and entrepreneurial knowledge and skills you need for a successful career in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries.
  • You will be taught by leading scientists and industry specialists and you can take advantage of networking opportunities.
  • New biological sciences module content is informed by a high-profile industrial panel.
  • Requires you to carry out an independent piece of research within the subject area of the course.
  • In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF), in a joint submission with UCL, Biological Sciences at Birkbeck were ranked 11th in the UK, with a research environment supporting world-leading and internationally excellent research.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses and foundation programmes to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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