Taught course

Biotechnology and Management

Institution
University of Glasgow · Institute of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology
Qualifications
MScPGDip

Entry requirements

A second class honours degree or equivalent in a related subject area: ■Biology, ■Microbiology, ■Biotechnology or ■Biochemistry Applicants with a degree in other areas may be considered. Professional experience may also be taken into account.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This new programme offers an expansion of our already successful MSc in biotechnology into industrial biotechnology and business management, jointly run with Adam Smith Business School.

Why Glasgow

  • If you wish to improve your knowledge of modern molecular, biochemical, cell biological and genetic techniques for biotechnological applications, this programme is designed for you.
  • You will gain a sound understanding of the nature of business based on bioscience knowledge and research, their opportunities for innovation and regulatory requirement constraints, intellectual property and ethical issues.
  • You will learn how to assess the current literature, be encouraged to form opinions based on scientific merit, and implement these ideas in future research planning.
  • You will be taught by experts in the field of Biotechnology who run active, internationally recognised, research groups here at Glasgow.
  • The course involves extensive interaction with industry, through site visits, guest lectures and an "Industrial Networking Symposium" where representatives from the European biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry will discuss their companies and answer your questions on working in the industrial sector.
  • This course has a strong laboratory component, with courses that run throughout the year, giving you hands on experience of diverse biotechnological research skills.
  • The flexible independent research project provides valuable training for students wishing to proceed to a Ph.D. or into an industrial career; this may also be completed as a business based project.
  • Additional programme components include industrial networking sessions and a dedicated career workshop on progression planning.
  • Our Masters in Biotechnology provides an advanced practical knowledge of how research and industry are being applied to solve real world problems.

Programme Structure

There are two semesters of taught material and a summer session working on a project or dissertation. September entry students start with management courses and January entry students with biotechnology courses.

Semester 1

You will be based in the Adam Smith Business School, developing knowledge and skills in management principles and techniques. We offer an applied approach, with an emphasis on an informed critical evaluation of information, and the subsequent application of concepts and tools to the core areas of business and management.

Core courses

  • Contemporary issues in human resource management
  • Managing creativity and innovation
  • Managing innovative change
  • Marketing management
  • Operations management
  • Project management.

Semester 2

You will study biotechnology courses, which aim to enhance your understanding of using biological processes, organisms, or systems to manufacture products intended to improve the quality of human life. These courses will provide training in state-of-the-art biotechnology applications what have resulted in ground-breaking developments in the areas of medicine, pharmaceuticals, agriculture and food production, environmental clean-up and protection and industrial processes.

Core course

  • Biotechnology Applications

Optional course

  • Omic Technologies for the biomedical sciences
  • Synthetic Biology: Concepts and Applications
  • Bioimaging
  • Biosensors and diagnostics
  • Plant Genetic Engineering
  • Crop Biotechnology.

Project or dissertation

If you are studying for an MSc you will undertake individual project in the summer period (May–August). This will give you an opportunity to apply and consolidate the course material and enhance your ability to do independent work, as well as present results in the most appropriate format. Project options are closely linked to staff research interests.

The aims of the courses are:

  • To enable students to study state-of-the-art biotechnology topics in depth;
  • To allow students to benefit from leading-edge research-led teaching;
  • To provide a critical appreciation of relevant theoretical, methodological and technical literature from the central business disciplines;
  • To develop students’ ability to critically appraise published research related to biotechnology;
  • To cultivate analytical and interpretive abilities and enable students to integrate these with essential managerial and business skills.
  • To develop students laboratory skills relevant to biotechnology;
  • To enhance students’ conceptual, analytical and presentation skills and to apply them to biotechnology problems;
  • To prepare students for management positions in the biotechnology industry or entry into PhD programmes.

Information for international students

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training): Overall score 6.5; no sub-test less than 6.0. IBTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20

Fees and funding

UK students
£6800
International students
£18200

http://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/biotechnologyandmanagement/

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

PGDip

full time
9 months
part time
18 months

Course contact details

Name
Cheryl Woolhead
Email
Cheryl.Woolhead@glasgow.ac.uk