Funded study will make graduates more employable

Funded places on new Masters programmes which will make graduates more attractive to bosses in one of Britain’s fastest growing sectors are on offer at the University of Aberdeen.

Thanks to a new Scottish Government scheme, 10 students embarking on part time Masters degrees in Bio-business and Medical Sciences will have their tuition fees paid.

The Government launched the initiative to enable students to take courses during the downturn which support the Government’s economic priority sectors such as life sciences.

The University of Aberdeen is already leading the way with a range of studies for students wishing to combine science and business in the biotechnology sector.

Now it has launched the new part time Masters programmes over two years which enable graduates who already have a medical sciences degree to design their own MSc from a range of medical sciences modules combined with Bio-business.

Dr Heather Wallace, Co-ordinator of Postgraduate Masters Studies in the College of Life Sciences and Medicine at the University, said: “Science is a business and is a strongly competitive environment. Therefore the need for “business aware” scientists with the appropriate skills has never been greater.

“The University of Aberdeen recognises this and our new Masters programmes in Bio-business and Medical Sciences offers a unique opportunity to combine scientific excellence with bio-business acumen.”

Dr Bernadette Connolly, Director of the Graduate School within the University’s College of Life Sciences and Medicine, added: “Our new programmes are aimed at making graduates even more employable.

“The new programmes will be of interest to graduates wishing to change their career, graduates in biochemistry who would like to move into pharmacology or toxicology. Or perhaps graduates who simply want to expand their knowledge base and skills set.”

There is a range of different options available, but all will give students an excellent grounding in business planning and bio-entrepreneurship, as well as the expertise required to communicate their science to the public.

The new programmes start on September 22 and then again in January.

For more information about the funded places on these new programmes contact: