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It’s never too late to go back to school. After a career in finance I embarked on the MBE with some trepidation, but this was short lived. The structure of the course based around constant assessment, complemented by a diverse cohort bringing a multiplicity of skill sets, made for a stimulating and challenging learning enviroment. The support from the Academics, administrators and lecturers, particularly given the challenges of remote learning, was excellent and I leave with a well developed knowledge of the intersection of science and finance. To be highly recommended to anyone from a science background seeking to expand their commercial horizons, or from a finance background applying their knowledge to the commercialisation of emerging science and innovation.

Charlie Foreman (May 2021)

The MBE covers biotechnology in all its glory, from drug discovery and development, to medical devices as well as agro-biotechnology. This is done in-depth both in science and business. The MBE gives you perspectives all the way from large pharma to small biotech start-up, as well as regulators and academia. As a result, the course offers the set of skills needed to be versatile, adaptable and knowledgeable in the industry. From a chemical engineering background, with a focus in pharmaceutical manufacturing and a desire to enter the biotech sector in its broadest sense, the MBE was the ideal springboard to launch my career in the biotech industry as co-founder of Desktop Genetics.

Victor Dillard (April 2015)

Cambridge has a slightly surrealist tone as a quaint medieval town hosting pre-eminent scientific research. Its Colleges bequeath unique legacies and in parallel foster interdisciplinary communities. These, by consequence, are invested with a sense of purpose and responsibility to author real impacts on society at large.

The MBE builds on this phenomenon by bringing together a diversity of would-be players in the bioscience ecosystem and running them through boot camp. Although the lectures by senior industry professionals were a novelty, for me personally the main highlight was the dozen iterations of project work with different mixes of classmates. This not only built friendships and crucial skills, it also significantly contributed to the holistic perspective that is the major asset derived from the MBE course.

Michael Anderson Burley (April 2015)

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9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2023

Applications open
Sept. 15, 2022
Application deadline
May 16, 2023
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2023

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

Course Funding Deadline
Jan. 5, 2023
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 12, 2022

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2023, Lent 2024 and Easter 2024.

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