Applied Biopharmaceutical Biotechnology and Entrepreneurship (ABBE) MSc


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MSc Applied Biopharmaceutical Biotechnology and Entrepreneurship (ABBE)
1 year full-time
Entry requirements
BSc or BA Honours in a relevant subject area to 2:1 Hons level or equivalent.
6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
Sutton Bonington Campus
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.


This course provides students with the scientific research skills and the basic business knowledge needed to convert scientific discoveries into inventions and commercial products.
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The course provides students with the scientific research skills and the basic business knowledge needed to convert scientific discoveries into inventions and commercial products.

You will learn how to translate these into a business plan for start-up technologies or innovative processes within biotechnology industries.

You should acquire a combination of essential research and business practical skills in finance, marketing and management which will equip you for career opportunities in the global biotechnology market.

Key facts

  • This course is run by the School of Biosciences, in conjunction with the University’s Business School.  
  • 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.
  • The School of Biosciences is ranked the no.1 research environment in the UK in the 2014 REF (Research Excellence Framework). 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.

Course details

This programme requires 180 credits.

The 12 months’ 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) and Jubilee Campus (Business School).



Taught modules are compulsory. Exceptions will be made for students who have already completed certain modules as part of their undergraduate degrees. (All modules are subject to change)

  • 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.
  • Project Management 
    This module introduces fundamental concepts in project management. Students will gain understanding of the scope and variety of project types, understand key variables in project management and learn methods, techniques and approaches that are important in successfully managing projects to meet objectives in a wide range of contexts.
  • Creative Problem Solving
    Students will be encouraged to develop an understanding of entrepreneurial creativity through theoretical analysis and the use of creative problem solving techniques. The module will enable students to generate, evaluate and apply new ideas and concepts within a business planning process.
  • Finance and Accounting
    Many entrepreneurs are concerned about a lack of competence and understanding in accounting and finance issues related to their business or business plan. This modules aims to provide an understanding of basic accounting principles and analysis as well as the various sources of finance available to entrepreneurs, and the uses to which they are best applied.
  • Marketing for Entrepreneurs
    This module is designed to provide students from a non-business background with a grounding in marketing, focussing on the application of marketing in entrepreneurial type businesses.
  • Innovation Management
    Designed to help students to understand the knowledge and skills required to manage innovation by considering a number of different perspectives: industrial perspectives, innovation within an organisation, and finally, innovation from a managerial perspective.
  • Science, Technology, Arts and Business
    Students are introduced to the importance of, and the processes involved in, the commercial exploitation of science and technology. Students will develop their own business concept.

Further details of modules can be found in our module catalogue

  • 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 modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.



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.



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 2016, 94% 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 £24,495 with the highest being £37,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates 2015/16. 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.

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