University of Edinburgh

School of Social and Political Sciences

MSc in Management of Bioeconomy, Innovation and Governance


Old College

South Bridge

Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9YL

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MSc in Management of Bioeconomy, Innovation and Governance

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Introduction The Masters in Management of Bioeconomy, Innovation and Governance (MSc BIG) is a career-oriented postgraduate qualification. The programme is designed to meet the increasing demand for people with the skills needed to support translation of new scientific discoveries to their practical application in areas ranging from healthcare and medicine to agriculture and the environment. Society is challenged to make better use of existing resources, add value throughout life science innovation supply chains and bring new technologies to both existing and emerging markets. To meet these modern challenges, MSc BIG provides students with a dynamic set of competencies and knowledge about life science innovation – skills that are highly desired by prospective employers in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. MSc BIG graduates will excel in strategic thinking that brings globally contextualised solutions to practical problems relating to firm strategy, policy and regulation, collaboration and intellectual property. Additionally, students benefit from the programme's unique position within the University, our proximity to government and our track record of collaboration with commercial and not-for-profit sectors within the bioeconomy sector. MSc BIG is delivered by scholars within the Innogen Institute - a world renowned research institute for the study of life sciences. Who is this programme for? The programme welcomes students from a variety of backgrounds: Undergraduate scientists who want to pursue a career outside the lab in industry, policy or not-for-profit sectors Social scientists and business studies students who want to develop their interests in life science innovation Programme aims The Masters in Management of Bioeconomy, Innovation and Governance (MSc BIG) aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be work-ready and competitive in the growing bioeconomy. The programme concentrates on delivering practice-oriented, but theoretically grounded, course content that focuses on bringing students up to date with current life science and biotechnology. Students will be introduced to state-of-the-art research on innovation systems and science and technology policy, regulation and governance, knowledge management and intellectual property. Structure and courses The MSc BIG programme draws upon current, real life case studies and the latest research findings. Experiential rather than rote learning is encouraged, and it is accomplished through: Problem-based group work activities; presentations; interactive seminars; and conventional lectures. The programme also includes high-profile guest lectures to ensure the latest thinking from key opinion leaders is provided. Students will take five core courses plus one or two optional courses and be required to write a 15,000 word dissertation. Our core courses include: Foundations of the Bioeconomy; Biobusiness; Current Trends in Life Science Innovation; Innovation Systems; Risk, Regulation and Governance. Our optional courses may vary from year to year. This is a sample of the courses offered: Science, Knowledge and Expertise; Understanding Technology; Management of R&D and Product Innovation; The Management of Technology; Social Dimensions of Systems and Synthetic Biology; Supervised Reading in Science and Technology Studies .


Fully accredited by The University of Edinburgh and internationally recognised.

International Student Requirements:

For students whose first language is not English, detailed information about required English language qualifications can be found on our website. Our website will also inform you which international qualifications meet our general entry requirements.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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