Taught course

Management of Bioeconomy, Innovation and Governance

University of Edinburgh · School of Social and Political Science

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its equivalent, if outside the UK

Months of entry


Course content

The Masters in Management of Bioeconomy, Innovation and Governance (MSc BIG) is a new kind of postgraduate qualification designed to meet the increasing demand for skilled people in the growing global bioeconomy.

The programme prepares students to respond to challenges facing the bioeconomy related to rapid scientific, technological and social change. MSc BIG fosters the development of a dynamic set of skills, competencies and knowledge about life science innovation that can be applied to health, agriculture and the environment.

Graduates will be independent and creative thinkers, able to conceptualise solutions for practical problems relating to firm strategy, policy and regulation, collaboration, and intellectual property - in a global context. A work-based dissertation ensures that students gain experience directly relevant to current challenges in the bioeconomy. This programme is crucial for people seeking:

- an interdisciplinary course that links new conceptual knowledge and understanding of life sciences with the development of key competencies - new knowledge, skills and expertise to compete in the growing global bioeconomy job market - to upgrade existing knowledge and skills for future career advancement - insights into new business models and value systems for the life science economy in health, agriculture and environment - further academic research in life science innovation

The programme welcomes students from a variety of backgrounds. Some students will be undergraduate scientists who want to pursue a career outside the lab, perhaps in industry, policy or not-for-profit sectors. Others will be social scientists and business studies students wanting to develop their interests in life science innovation. The programme also welcomes professionals (both scientists and non-scientists) already working in different sectors of the bioeconomy who wish to build new career pathways. The interdisciplinary student profile reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the programme and its delivery.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0) 131 651 1560