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The University of Edinburgh: Management of Bioeconomy, Innovation and Governance

Institution The University of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department School of Social and Political Science
Study type Taught


This programme responds to the rapid growth in the global bioeconomy by providing the core knowledge and skills needed to compete in a rapidly evolving, highly skilled workforce.

The Masters in Management of Bioeconomy, Innovation and Governance (MSc MBIG) is an innovative and dynamic postgraduate qualification designed to meet the increasing demand for skilled people in the growing global bioeconomy.

The MSc MBIG programme responds to the central challenges of the bioeconomy, including:

  • developing sustainable innovation in a responsible manner

  • identifying and exploiting value throughout innovation ecosystems

  • bringing new technologies to existing and emerging markets

To meet these modern challenges, MSc MBIG provides students with a dynamic set of competencies, and knowledge about life science innovation, as highly desired by prospective employers in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Areas covered by the programme

Areas covered by the programme include:

  • agricultural biotechnology

  • sustainable food and animal production

  • synthetic biology

  • pharmaceuticals and antimicrobial resistance

  • regenerative medicine and cell therapies

  • stratified medicine

  • industrial biotechnology

  • genetic databases

  • biofuels and energy-related developments

MSc MBIG graduates will excel in strategic thinking that brings globally contextualised solutions to practical problems relating to innovation and firm strategy, policy and regulation, collaborative R&D models, and governance and intellectual property.


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