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Postgraduate Study

The MPhil in Bioscience Enterprise (MBE) programme is an intensive taught science and business course intended for those who have an interest in enterprise and the ambition to found technology companies or take up leadership, executive or consultancy roles in the life sciences sector.

The educational aims of the MBE are to:

  • enhance understanding of life sciences and related technological developments;
  • foster research and analytical skills and methodologies;
  • develop written and verbal communication skills;
  • provide knowledge of the ethical, legal and regulatory issues associated with bringing scientific advances to market; and
  • develop applied business skills, including those that enable students to:
    • identify potential business opportunities arising from research in life sciences and related areas;
    • exploit entrepreneurial opportunities; and
    • undertake senior executive roles within biotechnology companies and other commercial entities.

Learning includes real business examples, and lectures and case studies are frequently delivered by highly experienced professionals. MBE students have the opportunity to learn from leading scientists, entrepreneurs and academics at the University of Cambridge, and from professionals within the Cambridge Cluster and wider industry. The course is based in purpose-built, dedicated teaching facilities, providing an unparalleled educational experience.

Students completing this course usually start new technology ventures or continue their careers in the life sciences commercial sector, in specialist consulting firms, or in their existing professional sectors such as medicine or law. A number of graduates have successfully applied for PhD programmes in either science or business disciplines.

Learning Outcomes

Students gain an understanding of the following:

  • life sciences, including how contemporary biological and medical research leads to exploitable science and commercial products;
  • business, including commercial and analytical skills required in biotechnology and healthcare-related businesses;
  • elements of management, including (for example) research and development in a commercial environment, client skills and interaction, and financing;
  • technology transfer, from academia to industry and from industry to industry;
  • law and intellectual property frameworks, relating to companies and individuals;
  • social and ethical issues, including fundamental constraints when applying scientific research to the development of new bioscience products;
  • global biotechnology trends, which may include for example contrasts and comparisons between different markets.


Should students wish to apply for a relevent PhD within the department they would be expected to obtain at least a pass in the MPhil.

Open Days

The Postgraduate Virtual Open Day usually takes place at the end of October. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions to admissions staff and academics, explore the Colleges virtually, and to find out more about courses, the application process and funding opportunities. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

Prospective applicants are also welcome at any time to email the MBE Office for further information.

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Key Information

9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2024

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
May 8, 2024
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Course Funding Deadline
Jan. 4, 2024
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2023

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2024, Lent 2025 and Easter 2025.

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