Postgraduate study
This MSc provides you with the scientific research skills and the essential business knowledge needed to convert scientific discoveries into inventions and commercial products.
MSc Applied Biopharmaceutical Biotechnology and Entrepreneurship (ABBE)
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
2:1 (or international equivalent) in a relevant science subject
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses may be available
Start date
UK/EU fees
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International fees
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Sutton Bonington Campus



Run in conjunction with the University's Business School, you will learn how to translate ideas and concepts into a business plan for start-up technologies or innovative processes within biotechnology industries.

  • You will acquire a combination of essential research and business skills in finance, marketing and management which will equip you for career opportunities in the global biotechnology market.
  • A series of off-site visits to institutes and biotechnology companies will provide you with information on the latest technologies and research
  • You will undertake a three-month industry placement research project or management project in conjunction with a biopharmaceutical or biotechnological company in line with your individual career aspirations

Key facts

  • This course is run by the  School of Biosciences, in conjunction with the University’s Business School
  • The School of Biosciences is ranked the no. 1 research environment in the UK in the Research Excellence Framework 2014; 97% of our work was judged to be of international quality
  • The Business School is one of the UK’s leading centres for management education and is globally ranked among the world’s top business schools for the quality of its teaching and research on sustainability and social responsibility

Full course details

This programme requires 180 credits. The one-year course consists of two semesters of taught modules (120 credits), followed by a Research Project (60 credits) of 3 months on a full-time basis during the summer period. Part-time students should be prepared to undertake their research project in the summer of the second year, working on a full-time basis. 

You will study at:

  • Sutton Bonington Campus (School of Biosciences)
  • University Park (School of Biomedical Sciences)
  • Jubilee Campus (Business School)


Core modules

Exceptions will be made for students who have already completed certain modules as part of their undergraduate degrees.

Industrial and Biomedical Macromolecules

This module will provide students with a firm understanding of the structure, properties and function of industrially and biomedically important macromolecules under a variety of conditions (solution, colloid, glassy state, crystal). Students will learn about biomolecular structure, properties and function of relevance to an industrial and biomedical setting.

Physical Chemistry of Molecules

This module will provide students with a firm understanding of the basic chemistry behind the properties of biomolecules - properties which underpin their behaviour in vivo - and their technology , and some of the techniques used to characterise their size. Students will learn about biomolecular structure, properties and function relevant to industry or in a biomedical environment.

Antibody Biotechnology

This module will provide the students with an understanding of how antibody biotechnology can be applied to solve problems in an industrial and biomedical context.

Polysaccharide and Drug Delivery Biotechnology

Students will learn how knowledge of enzyme and carbohydrate-based biotechnology can be applied to solve problems in an industrial and biomedical setting, including drug delivery.

Structural Biology

To equip students with a firm appreciation of the techniques used to characterise biomolecular structure in solid state and in solution form.

Genetic Analysis and Bioinformatics

This module is designed to provide a forum to overview and discuss current developments in genetics. Students will contribute in workshops covering aspects of modern genetics, human genetics, evolution and population genetics with case studies. Students also receive training in key skills in bioinformatics. Students will work their way through a series of exercises designed to provide experience of the common bioinformatics techniques and challenges presented by large datasets. Case studies will provide to train the ability to solve the problem on the genetics and bioinformatics.

Launching New Ventures

Launching New Ventures will introduce students to the more practical elements of innovation and enterprise activity across multiple contexts, including not just new venture creation but corporate and social entrepreneurship as well. Whereas Entrepreneurship and Creativity focuses on idea generation and entrepreneurial theory, Launching New Ventures will prepare students to recognise opportunities, and to implement innovation and enterprising ideas. The ability to make informed and timely decisions will be an important aspect of this, and the module will use a start-up business simulation to encourage this.

Leading Entrepreneurial Growth

The module combines practical and theoretical perspectives on the process of leading an entrepreneurial firm, managing growth, and developing a strategic plan.
Leading entrepreneurial growth will develop your capacity to evaluate multiple strategic options under conditions of uncertainty. Using multiple frameworks and concepts you will construct a strategic growth plan. The module also provides insights into personal dimensions of leading entrepreneurial growth strategies across multiple types of organisations including start-ups, family owned firms, corporations and non-profits.

Entrepreneurial Creativity 

The module will introduce students to the latest thinking in the areas of creativity, the creative process, knowledge management practices and the nature of entrepreneurship. Having established the vital link between creativity, entrepreneurship, innovation and value creation, the course uses directed reading, case study exercises, reflective blog writing and group-based creative problem solving to illustrate entrepreneurial creativity in practice. Students will be introduced to a variety of creative problem solving techniques and learn how to apply these techniques in the context of the development, evaluation, and application of ideas and concepts with commercial potential. The course culminates in students pitching their identified entrepreneurial opportunity to peers and real world entrepreneurs.

Industrial and Laboratory Placement with Project Dissertation

The three month industrial placement aims at developing students' ability to research a subject of industrial or biomedical relevance in depth and gives a full appreciation of what is required by modern industry. Students can also consider industrial placements requiring a management project, and can do their placement in a University setting so long as it has a strong industrial focus.

The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. Due to the passage of time between commencement of the course and subsequent years of the course, modules may change due to developments in the curriculum and information is provided for indicative purposes only.


Fees and funding

UK/EU students

General information on funding for both research and taught degrees, applicable to UK/HEU students is available at the University's Graduate School.

Government loans for masters courses

The Government offers postgraduate student loans for students studying a taught or research masters course. Applicants must ordinarily live in England or the EU. Student loans are also available for students from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure your course application is submitted in good time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.


Careers and professional development

There are significant opportunities within the global biopharmaceutical, biotechnology and healthcare market for scientists qualified in both research and business skills.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2017, 100% of postgraduates in the School of Biosciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £28,000 with the highest being £65,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career prospects and employability

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers** and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

** The Graduate Market 2013-2017, High Fliers Research.


This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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