Research course

Biotechnology and Business Enterprise

Institution
Newcastle University · Faculty of Medical Sciences
Qualifications
MRes

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a science discipline or an MBBS/BDS degree with high grades. Practical laboratory work experience is desirable, but not essential.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Our Biotechnology and Business Enterprise MRes is a research-based course with a taught component that is equivalent to an MSc. It provides a springboard into a career that involves a working knowledge of scientific research.

The course is for students with a BSc in the life sciences or another science discipline. It is also for intercalating and qualified MBBS or BDS students. You can study the course as a stand-alone qualification or as an entry route to a PhD or MD.

The taught part of the course includes biotechnology and business enterprise specific content. You have the flexibility to select complementary modules and develop a bespoke course. You will also receive training in general research principles and in professional and key skills.

The course focuses on how to turn research laboratory breakthroughs into successful biotechnology companies. Subjects covered include:

  • business models
  • securing funding from venture capitalists and other sources
  • establishing licensing, contracts and legal ownership
  • critical aspects of business planning and project management
  • the science of the biotechnology industry and processing

You will attend presentations and workshops by:

  • entrepreneurs
  • academics with business experience
  • business and legal advisers

Your research project is the major element of the course. Your project involves 24 weeks of research in biotechnology and business enterprise. Supervision is by expert academic researchers in your field of interest.

Biotechnology and business enterprise is a competitive research area. Your studies will be mainly based in academia, though potentially in industry too.

Department specialisms

Ageing and Health; Animal Behaviour; Biosciences; Cancer; Cardiovascular Science in Health and Disease; Diabetes; Epidemiology; Evolution and Human Behaviour; Immunobiology; Medical Genetics; Medical Molecular Biosciences; Medical Sciences; Mitochondrial Biology and Medicine; Molecular Microbiology; Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA); Neuromuscular Diseases; Neuroscience; Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine; Systems Biology; Toxicology; Translational Medicine and Therapeutics; Transplantation.

Information for international students

For this course you need to meet the following English Language requirements: Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.5 in all other sub-skills). Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course. You may need an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) certificate.

Fees and funding

See our course fees and funding web page.

Qualification and course duration

MRes

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Kirsty Sanderson, Programme Co-ordinator (MRes), Medical Sciences Graduate School
Email
mres-enquiries@ncl.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 191 208 5379