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Biotechnology & Business

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

Provides the theoretical knowledge needed to understand the latest know-how being applied in the design and development of new and highly innovative biotechnological and pharmaceutical products. It also provides industrially relevant expertise in drug discovery and development, bioprocess technology, regulatory affairs and the design and management of clinical trials.

Biotechnology and Management focus
Suitable for life-science and chemistry graduates with non-business backgrounds
Excellent career prospects

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

The UCD MSc Biotechnology and Business programme is designed for life-science and chemistry graduates who want to pursue a career in management / entrepreneurship in technology and science-based fields, whether seeking a first job in a biotechnology / biopharmaceutical company, starting your own small business or creating new opportunities in larger companies.

Course Description
Biotechnology encompasses all aspects of the industrial application of living organisms and/ or biological techniques. It is a collection of technologies that capitalise on the attributes of cells and biological molecules, such as DNA, to work for us. Ireland has experienced massive growth across the Biotechnology sector including Food, Environmental and Pharmaceutical industries in the last decade. Ireland is home to nine of the top 10 world pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, such as GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Merck, BristolMyers Squibb and Genzyme, with seven of the 10 world blockbuster pharmaceuticals made here. The MSc in Biotechnology and Business is an exciting programme designed for non-business graduates who want to become managers or entrepreneurs in complex business environments in technology and science-based fields. The MSc in Biotechnology and Business provides you with a solid knowledge of techniques used in modern biotechnology including hands-on experience of bioprocessing. You will also receive a comprehensive business education. You will learn to identify and solve business problems in local and international settings, enhance your communication and leadership skills, and improve your ability for independent thinking and developing creative solutions.

Vision & Values Statement
The MSc programme in Biotechnology and Business is designed for life science/chemistry graduates interested in management, product development or entrepreneurship within the biotech sector. The graduates of this programme are well positioned to bridge the knowledge gap between science and business. We aim to enhance the students' awareness of the challenges of bringing biotechnological research from the laboratory to the market, and also the range and relevance of that research available for commercialisation. There is a particular emphasis on preparing the graduates for working in a business environment and developing their leadership attributes. We uniquely provide a blended programme in conjunction with the UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business, in which students are encouraged to develop creative thinking by applying business principles coupled with scientific understanding using exercises that challenge the students individually and within teams. Experts from within the university, industry and the business community are involved in providing content and supervision. The delivery of the curriculum uses a variety of teaching approaches and assessment strategies, which includes classical written examination, oral assessments, case studies and presentation of a business plan.

Programme outcomes
-Students will be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of business principles as they relate to the biotechnology industry
-Students will be able to apply their knowledge to overcome problems with commercialisation of biotechnology research
-Students will be able to conduct feasibility studies and develop effective business plans
-Students will be able to analyse, evaluate and communicate biotechnology research
-Students will be able to work alongside scientists and entrepreneurs to develop and commercialize novel biotechnological solutions
-Students will be able to engage with potential employers in a professional manner

Entry requirements

This programme is intended for applicants with a degree in Biology or Chemistry related discipline. An upper second class honours or international equivalent is required.

•Graduates with equivalent qualifications in related areas of science and technology or with proven relevant industrial experience will be considered for places.
•Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent


1 year full-time

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

This advanced graduate degree in Biotechnology and Business has been developed in consultation with employers and therefore will be recognised and valued by them. A key feature is the opportunity to carry out a business development plan which will allow graduates to develop connections with prospective employers, thereby enhancing chances of employment on graduation.

Prospective employers include: Abbott; Allergan; Amgen; Baxter Healthcare; Beckman Coulter; Biotrin International Ltd.; Boston Scientific; Elan Corporation; Eli Lilly and Co.; Celltech; Glaxo SmithKline; Icon Clinical Research; Johnson & Johnson Ltd.; Kerry Group Plc.; Merck Sharp & Dohme; Quintiles; Sandoz; Serology Ltd.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Cormac Murphy
Contact Number:+353 (0)1 716 2131

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core

Biotech Case Study BIOC40140
Professional Career Development BIOC40180
Mgt & Org Behav MSc Bio&B BMGT45050
The Business of Biotechnology and Science BMOL40120
Feasibility and Business Plan BMOL40130
Bioprocessing Laboratory CHEN40090
Corporate Finance (BB) FIN41440
Marketing Management MSc Bio & BMKT42310
Regulatory Affairs in Science PHAR40240

Stage 1 - Option

Biomedical Diagnostics BIOC40110
Medical Device Technology BIOC40130
Pharmacology and Drug Development BIOC40170
Biological Imaging BMOL40180
Multicellular Systems BMOL40190
Recombinant DNA Technology MICR40010
Emerging Issues in Biotechnology MICR40100
Food Biotechnology MICR40130
Environmental Biotechnology MICR40140


Key Features:
- The UCD MSc Biotechnology and Business programme has a global, multidisciplinary perspective with contributions from national and international academics and experts.
- Students share their first-hand practical experience with other MSc students and professionals from a diverse range of countries and backgrounds and this creates a dynamic learning environment.

Application date

Deadline Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2018/2019 September

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