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School of Life Sciences
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Each module takes half day or 1 day sometimes spread over 2 half days contact time, 200 hrs effort
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Employees working in a Biotechnology related sector wishing to develop skills or improve their employability. Employees will also be interested in developing their business management skills. Science background required
School of Life Sciences, Oxford Brookes University, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane, Oxford, OX3 0BP, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Course description

The core of this course focuses on key business skills, product development from initial concept to delivery, regulation, good manufacturing practice, genome science and generic skills. The business aspect of the course is uniquely designed to develop the business skills that modern bioscientists need to drive the sector.

Study mode

Whether you're looking to enhance your career prospects or planning to return to work after a career break, we offer a flexible part-time study programme which enables you to study around work or family commitments. Since a third of our students choose to study part-time, you'll benefit from the range of backgrounds and experiences of fellow students. 

Study level

Choose a level of study that suits you - MSc (180 credits), PGDip (120 credits) or PGCert (60 credits) or simply select from our wide range of individual modules - ideal as refresher training or to suit employers looking to provide staff development opportunities in specialist areas.  

Example module

Our Product Development in Biotechnology module examines the development of biological systems that are vital to biotechnology. Drug discovery and product development will be discussed including modern screening methods, structure function prediction, and the application of nanobiotechnology. The regulation of drug development will also be studied, along with clinical trials, preclinical studies and ethics.


We provide a wide variety of support to our part-time students including a dedicated academic advisor, our Upgrade service which provides support with writing assignments and online access to your study programme through your Personal Information Portal (PIP). 

Academic excellence

The course is taught by experts from the school with visiting academic researchers and industrialists providing lectures and seminars in their specialist areas. The School’s lecturers undertake world-class research in biotechnology, microbiology, cell and molecular biology. In addition, the School has close links with the Oxfordshire Bioscience Network and local biotechnology industry.

Fees and Scholarships

Costs vary annually. For 2011-12 entry fees are as follows. CPD ranges from £250 per undergraduate module to £640 per postgraduate module. This MSc costs £3,290 per annum in part-time mode.  We are pleased to offer scholarships to part-time MSc degree applicants - visit our website for further details.

Research opportunities

Life Sciences also has one of the largest postgraduate research communities at Oxford Brookes offering flexible research opportunities across a range of disciplines; ideal for employees who wish to study part-time and be based in their workplace. Fees for 2011-12 start from approximately £4,000 per annum (including a bench fee of £2,500, which may be waived when undertaking a project in the workplace. For further information, contact [email protected].

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