Department profile

School of Life Sciences

University of Warwick
2017/18 edition

About School of Life Sciences

Warwick Life Sciences is an international centre of excellence. We are ranked fifth in the UK for Bioscience (Guardian University League Tables 2018). We are ranked second in the UK for Agriculture, Food and Veterinary research and more than 80% of our research is rated as 'world leading or internationally excellent' (REF 2014). The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (2016) showed an overall course satisfaction rate of 93%.

At the forefront of interdisciplinary research and teaching in Life Sciences, the School is home to internationally recognised research scientists and high quality facilities. Our focus is in excellent teaching and research with impact.

Our research falls into four themes: Biomedical Science, Biotechnology, Environmental Bioscience and Plant and Crop Science. This research impacts across a broad range of areas, particularly in crop improvement and protection, biosensing and early medical diagnoses, ageing, animal health, earth biosystems, pollution and environmental genomics.

Our facilities support multidisciplinary research programmes across Warwick and with other universities, research institutes and industry both nationally and internationally. The Warwick Crop Centre is an integral part of Life Sciences and delivers high quality research and training for land-based industries.

MSc Biotechnology, Bioprocessing and Business Management

The bioprocessing and biotechnology industries are major components of global industrialised economies with wide-ranging impact in medicine, pharmaceuticals, manufacture and the food sector. These industries require a new calibre of technical specialist with both business acumen and scientific knowledge. This Master’s offers you the key business information and industrially relevant expertise, together with the science base, to meet this requirement.

Why choose this course?

MSc Medical Biotechnology and Business Management

Developed out of our very successful Biotechnology, Bioprocessing & Business Management MSc, this course provides you with knowledge and understanding of the key technical, business and societal issues relevant to the operation and development of medical biotechnology industries. It will equip you to make original and informed contributions to advance and develop these industries. It will also develop your capability to research and analyse market needs for medical product development and propose technical strategy based on up to date information and leading edge diagnostic technology.

Why choose this course?

It is the multidisciplinary nature of this MSc which has proved valuable in my current job. The course gave me a broad overview of biopharmaceutical drug registration and it was particularly helpful to be lectured by an experienced industry expert who could highlight 'real world' complexities associated with this evolving area

Daniel Rabbie, Biotechnology, Bioprocessing Business Management graduate currently on the Drug Regulatory Affairs Graduate Scheme at Novartis


MSc Environmental Bioscience in a Changing Climate

Escalating rates of environmental and climate change are forcing us to re-evaluate our management of agriculture and natural habitats. The competing demands on agricultural land for food production and for bioenergy provision must be reconciled with environmental stewardship and mitigation of climate change. This Master’s provides a timely and integrated perspective on environmental bioscience, management, societal matters and regulation as these relate to issues such as sustainable production of food and provision of ecosystem services.

Why choose this course?

MSc Food Security

Delivering global food security is one of the critical challenges of the 21st century. Each nation needs to balance local food production with imports and consider environmental and economic impact. This Master’s considers the critical factors influencing global food security including the contributions of climate change, biodiversity, water, soil, land use, labour, diet and urbanisation.

Why choose this course?

MSc Sustainable Crop Production: Agronomy for the 21st Century

Crop agriculture provides mankind’s increasing population with food, fibres and fuel. This Master’s course provides knowledge and practical skills in crop management and crop improvement, including the latest advances in plant pathology, integrated pest management and soil health. You will gain a combination of practical expertise and academic understanding to develop key skills.

Why choose this course?


In the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (2016) 89% of students said that ‘as a result of the course they felt better prepared for their future career’.

Our Taught Masters programmes provide you with

  • specialist in–depth knowledge in areas of current relevance
  • interdisciplinary knowledge, so broadening career choices and options
  • vital transferable skills including team working, communicating with peers and sector specialists, logical reasoning, innovation, organisation and planning and report writing and oral presentation.
  • a foundation for a specific career or a career change
  • skills to prepare you for a PhD

Career destinations include Frost & Sullivan, Pfizer, Novartis, Bayer Crop Science, Agrovista, Ricardo-AEA, Molson Coors Brewing, Climate Change Consortium of Wales, the European Medicines Agency and numerous small to medium businesses around the globe.

Job titles include Business Analyst, Project Manager, Regional Technical Agronomist, Agricultural Consultant, Crop Trialist, Analyst Consultant for Air Quality, Environmental Marketing Officer, Global Sustainability Manager, Policy Outreach Officer, Management Trainee in Corporate Strategy and Development, Market Researcher and Research Associate. A significant percentage of our graduates go on to complete a PhD.

After finishing my course I was offered a job working for Natural England, I feel the opportunity would not have been available if it weren’t for me completing an MSc degree. Although I decided to end my education, there were plenty of opportunities for PhD study provided by the University, and this may be something that I consider in the future.

Carlie Evans, Environmental Bioscience in a Changing Climate


Fees and Funding

Scholarships for high achieving UK, EU and international students are available, including our new SLS Excellence Scholarships which will offer a 50% fee reduction to five chosen students.

Postgraduate Research Opportunities

MSc by Research

A practical course based on a single research project under the training and supervision of one of our Research Leaders. Research is interdisciplinary and ranges from laboratory-based fundamental science to field-based applied agriculture and ecology. An MSc by research will give you hands-on experience of your specialism and can be used in preparation for a PhD.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The PhD is based on a single research project under the training and supervision of one of our Research Leaders. The School has strong links with research institutions, business, and industry, both in the UK and overseas, working to develop innovative and exciting areas of research and technology. Research is interdisciplinary and ranges from laboratory-based fundamental science to field-based applied agriculture and biomedicine.

Doctoral Training Centres

The University of Warwick has 12 Doctoral Training Centres (DTC) offering fully funded PhD positions in the Sciences. The Doctoral Training Programmes particularly associated with the School of Life Sciences are Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership (MIBTP) , NERC CENTA DTP, Synthetic Biology CDT (SynBioCDT), MRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnership (MRC DTP)

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