Biotechnology and Business MSc

Location: Canterbury

Gain an in-depth understanding of translating laboratory findings from a modern bioscience laboratory to the clinic / commercial utility. Learning is based around practicals, lectures, interactive workshops and an extended, milestoned research project.

The programme content and specification ensures that your exposure to modern biosciences (i.e. drawing from the existing advanced optional modules in Cancer Biology, Infectious Diseases, Biotechnology & Bioengineering and Reproductive Medicine) coupled with your exposure to existing Business Modules (Marketing, Financial & Management Accounting and Strategy) and a new innovation module that focuses on Translating Bioscience to Business. 

Kent and Medway Medical School

Kent is moving forward with the Kent and Medway Medical School (KMMS), due to take the first cohort of students in September 2020. 

KMMS will be a significant addition to the University, with exciting opportunities for education and research in the School of Biosciences.

Knowledge and understanding

You gain a knowledge and understanding of:

  • Principles and application of key molecular bioscience techniques and an appreciation of the current innovation landscape in modern bioscience
  • principles, application and the critical context of key techniques in modern molecular bioscience and its application to biomedicine
  • The uses and limitations of a range of research methods/techniques; the collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data, synthesis and reporting, and an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses for providing information and evaluating business options
  • the mechanisms by which scientific knowledge and research is disseminated to different stakeholders eg media, policymakers and public
  • research ethics and academic integrity, and the application of related principles and procedures in an advanced biological research context

Intellectual Skills

You gain the following intellectual skills:

  • Research skills: how to formulate original research questions and hypotheses to address current scientific issues
  • Analytical skills: scholarly interpretation of data, marshalling information from published sources, critical evaluation of own research and that of others
  • Robust theoretical grounding in the broad area of business and management, development of a range of transferable skills as well as demonstrate a systematic understanding of ability to select, organise, develop and synthesise complex material
  • Information technology: use of appropriate technology to retrieve, analyse and present scientific information
  • Statistical evaluation: the use of appropriate statistical analysis methods in handling and critically interpreting scientific data

Subject-specific skills

You gain the following subject-specific skills:

  • Experimental skills: how to design experiments to address specific research questions and hypotheses
  • Practical skills: key techniques in modern molecular biology and their application in molecular bioscience to solve research problems
  • Data handling: how to record experimental procedures and data appropriately using good laboratory practice
  • Business skills: insight into the planning and execution of a development milestones from laboratory to clinic
  • Presentation of scientific research: how to write research articles in an appropriate scholarly style in keeping with high-impact-factor scientific journals, and posters and oral presentation for conferences and symposia
  • Demonstrate an ability to understand the international and ethical dimension to business operations and the principles and procedures for ethics, health and safety in the laboratory and clinic
  • Science writing: how to present scientific information to scientific and non-scientific audiences
  • Careers: a recognition of career opportunities for scientists outside of the laboratory
  • Principles and procedures for health and safety in the laboratory research environment

Transferable skills

You gain the following transferable skills:

  • Communication: ability to organise information clearly, present information in oral and written form, adapt presentation for different audiences
  • Reflection: make use of constructive informal feedback from staff and peers and assess own progress to enhance performance and personal skills
  • Self-motivation and independence: time and workload management in order to meet personal targets and imposed deadlines
  • Planning: the ability to both understand the translational development pathway and the planning required to progress and deliver 
  • Team work: the ability to work both independently and as part of a research group using peer support, diplomacy and collective responsibility

The programme aims to:

  • provide an excellent quality of postgraduate-level education in the field of biosciences and business
  • promote engagement with research into biology and inspire students to pursue scientific careers inside or outside of the laboratory
  • provide a research-led, inspiring learning environment
  • provide a regional postgraduate progression route for the advanced study of biosciences at the business interface
  • provide a flexible programme that allows a range of specialisms within biomedical science
  • develop subject-specific and transferable skills to maximise employment prospects 
  • promote an understanding of the impact of scientific research on business, society and the role for scientists in a range of profession
MSc Award
Full-time Study Mode
12 months Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

Minimum 2:2 Honours degree or equivalent in a Biosciences related discipline.

Please also see our general entry requirements at: http://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgrad/apply/entry.html

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