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University of Glasgow: Biotechnology and Management

Institution University of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Molecular Biosciences
Web www.glasgow.ac.uk/
Study type Taught

Summary

Bridging the gap between biology, technology and business management, our programme is taught in collaboration with the Adam Smith Business School. The aim of this programme is help you gain sound understanding of the nature of business based on bioscience knowledge, research and industry and how all are applied to solve real world problems.

  • Accredited by the Royal Society of Biology for the purpose of meeting, in part, the academic and experience requirement for the Membership and Chartered Biologist (CBiol).
  • Improve your knowledge of modern molecular, biochemical, cell biological and genetic techniques for biotechnological applications.
  • Study business management based on bioscience knowledge and research, opportunities for innovation and regulatory requirement constraints, intellectual property and ethical issues.
  • Learn to assess the current literature, be encouraged to form opinions based on scientific merit, and implement these ideas in future research planning.
  • Be taught by experts in the field of biotechnology who run active, internationally recognised, research groups here at Glasgow.
  • Be part of extensive interaction with industry, through site visits, guest lectures and an 'Industrial Networking Symposium' where representatives from the European biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry will discuss their companies and answer your questions on working in the industrial sector.
  • Receive hands on experience of diverse biotechnological research skills with a strong laboratory component making up the programme throughout the year.
  • Gain valuable training through our flexible, independent, research project for students wishing to proceed to a PhD or into an industrial career. This may also be completed as a business-based project.
  • Additional programme components include industrial networking sessions and a dedicated career workshop on progression planning.

Main Campus Location

Gilmorehill Campus, in the West End of Glasgow. Easy to travel to by bus, subway, train or car.

This programme is part of the IPhD programme. Find out more.

There are two semesters of taught material and a summer session working on a project or dissertation.

Semester 1

You will be based in the Adam Smith Business School, developing knowledge and skills in management principles and techniques. We offer an applied approach, with an emphasis on an informed critical evaluation of information, and the subsequent application of concepts and tools to the core areas of business and management.

Core courses

  • CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
  • MANGING CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION
  • MANAGING STRATEGIC CHANGE
  • MARKETING MANAGEMENT
  • OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT (BIOTECHNOLOGY)
  • PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Semester 2

You will study biotechnology courses, which aim to enhance your understanding of using biological processes, organisms, or systems to manufacture products intended to improve the quality of human life. These courses will provide training in state-of-the-art biotechnology applications what have resulted in ground-breaking developments in the areas of medicine, pharmaceuticals, agriculture and food production, environmental clean-up and protection and industrial processes.

Core courses

  • BIOTECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS
  • SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY: CONCEPTS AND APPLICATIONS

Optional courses

  • BIO-IMAGING FOR RESEARCH SCIENTISTS
  • OMIC ANALYSES FOR THE BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES: FROM GENOMICS TO METABOLOMIC
  • PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY
  • TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND COMMERCIALISATION OF BIOSCIENCE RESEARCH

Project or dissertation

If you are studying for an MSc you will undertake an individual project in the summer period (May–August):

  • BIOTECHNOLOGY PROJECT
  • DISSERTATION PROJECT

This will give you an opportunity to apply and consolidate the course material and enhance your ability to do independent work, as well as present results in the most appropriate format.

Project options are closely linked to staff research interests.

The aims of the courses are to

  • enable students to study state-of-the-art biotechnology topics in depth.
  • allow students to benefit from leading-edge research-led teaching.
  • provide a critical appreciation of relevant theoretical, methodological and technical literature from the central business disciplines.
  • develop students’ ability to critically appraise published research related to biotechnology.
  • cultivate analytical and interpretive abilities and enable students to integrate these with essential managerial and business skills.
  • develop students laboratory skills relevant to biotechnology.
  • enhance students’ conceptual, analytical and presentation skills and to apply them to biotechnology problems.
  • prepare students for management positions in the biotechnology industry or entry into PhD programmes.

Find out more about core and optional courses

Enjoy excellent career opportunities in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industrial sectors.

Many of our students follow a career path in:

  • Biomedical science
  • Biotechnology
  • Environmental management and agricultural sciences
  • Food technology
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Study a PhD

Other opportunities for biotechnologists also exist within:

  • Conservation
  • Forensic investigation
  • Government positions
  • Independent labs
  • Medical research
  • Scientific expert in media
  • Teaching

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University of Glasgow


The University of Glasgow is one of the UK’s most prestigious seats of learning, and the fourth oldest university in the English speaking world. Established in 1451 and recognised for its world-changing research and teaching, the University has inspired thinkers from eminent scientist Lord Kelvin and the father of economics Adam Smith, to Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. 

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The University:

  • is ranked 73rd in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2022
  • is in the top 100 in the world: Times Higher World University Rankings 2022
  • 95.9% of students in employment or further study 6 …
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