The MBE programme provides graduates with training in the latest advances in exploitable biotechnology, together with knowledge and understanding of business practice, and innovation in biotechnology companies and other commercial entities. Science and technology, business and transitionary modules are taught in each term, integrating commercial know-how with advances in research, thus demonstrating the many complex issues associated with bringing discovery and innovation from the laboratory to the market. The programme is highly participatory and includes practical elements in the form of interdisciplinary projects, workshops, case studies and business planning activities. All components of the course are compulsory and students are required to study intensively.
Attainment is continuously assessed and there is particular emphasis on class participation and learning through practical team-work in the research, preparation, and delivery of presentations. Written submissions include science and technology in business papers, a number of short reports and critical appraisals, a consulting project report and a dissertation of 10,000 words based on research and analysis conducted during a company internship placement. Students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular enterprise activities including business plan competitions and submit a business plan as one of the course assignments.
The department is renowned for its practical and successful approach to biotechnology entrepreneurship and the exploitation of bioscience inventions. Students benefit from a unique combination of teaching and mentoring from experienced business and academic contributors. The faculty pursue a variety of research interests and the application of the resulting technologies has led to the founding of many spin-out companies.