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MSc Advanced Biological Sciences and Business

Please note: The below is for 2025 entries. Click here for 2024 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
2 years part time
Entry year 2024
Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Biosciences
Typical offer

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At least a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in Biology or a relevant science subject

Contextual offers


  • Explore the full spectrum of biological sciences while gaining unique and in-demand entrepreneurial skills to set you apart in the sector. 
  • Benefit from the combined expertise and teaching strengths of our Biosciences department and the award-winning University of Exeter Business School. 
  • Boost your employability with advanced laboratory skills and data processing training. 
  • Gain access to world-leading research facilities including the Aquatic Resources Centre, Bioimaging Centre, Exeter Centre for Cytomics, and the Exeter Sequencing Facility.  

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Programme Director: Dr Alison Hill

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Phone: +44 (0)1392 72 72 72

Top 20 in the UK for world-leading research in Biological Sciences

REF 2021, based on 4-star research

Triple accredited Business School


Advance laboratory skills with specialist techniques training

Substantial research project within one of our world-leading research groups

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 in a relevant science subject.

Relevant subjects include: Biological Sciences, Cell Biology, Ecology, Ecology and Conservation, Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Marine Biology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Plant Science, Zoology.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B1. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.

Course content

MSc Advanced Biological Science and Business draws upon the combined research expertise and teaching strengths of Biosciences and our world-leading Business School. This carefully designed programme equips you with the sought-after skills demanded by the industry, setting you up for success in the job market. You'll develop practical and theoretical biosciences skills while also gaining insights into international business and entrepreneurship. Our faculty comprises academics at the forefront of their field, with strong industry connections. 

The programme offers a dynamic blend of Biology and Business modules. The Advanced Laboratory Skills and Professional Skills modules will provide you with the knowledge required to undertake a biosciences research project. Within the Business School, you will delve into the Principles of International Business module to prepare for the capstone project. Customise the programme to suit your needs with a selection of optional modules from both the Business School and Biosciences. 

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.


2024/25 entry

UK fees per year:

£14,300 full-time; £7,150 part-time

International fees per year:

£29,700 full-time; £14,850 part-time


We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students. This includes over £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*.

For more information on scholarships, please visit our scholarships and bursaries page.

*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.

Teaching and research

How will I learn?

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Laboratory work
  • Group discussion
  • Independent study
  • Research project

The programme consists of core modules that provide you with a theoretical and applied learning framework for directed student-centred learning where you’ll develop in-demand skills of synthesis, critical analysis, and interpretation. You’ll also receive professional skills training tailored to the areas most relevant to your academic and professional development. 

Research project

You will carry out your independent supervised research project in one of our world-leading research laboratories. Research projects are individual and can be based on laboratory work, field work or in silico (e.g. bioinformatics).

The research project will give you first-hand experience in many aspects of research work including data generation, analysis, and interpretation as well as science communication in written, poster and oral presentations. 

During your research project, you will be supported by your research supervisor and other members of the research group to ensure you produce your best work.  


Depending on your chosen modules and research project topic, you may have access to the following facilities:

Tutorial support

You will be allocated a personal tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your studies. There is also a postgraduate tutor available to help with further guidance and advice, and our programme director will offer every student a meeting each term to review academic progress. 


Taught modules are assessed through essay examinations, individual and group-based coursework assignments, oral presentations, in-module tests and reports or essays. A significant proportion of the marks are based on the Biosciences Research Project and the International Business Plan.

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Employability focused  

Employability is a central focus of the MSc Advanced Biological Sciences and Business programme. The course has been meticulously designed to not only cultivate your practical and theoretical biosciences skills but also impart a comprehensive understanding of international business and entrepreneurship. This unique blend equips you with the skills and attributes that employers value most in today’s competitive job market such as problem solving, data analysis and an entrepreneurial mindset. Furthermore, you have the flexibility to customise the programme to align with your career aspirations through our projects and optional modules.

Industry connections

You will benefit from the collective expertise of our Biosciences department and award-winning Business School. Our academics have deep industry connections, ensuring that your learning is not only academically rigorous but also practical and relevant to today’s challenges. Your teaching will also be enriched by guest speakers, providing you with exposure to industry leaders and enhancing your understanding of real-world challenges and opportunities.

Career support

The Career Zone can help guide you through a wealth of information to match your skills and interests to a career that will suit you. Our staff work with regional, national and international employers to develop new work placement, project and graduate opportunities.