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Course Overview

This course will describe the basic language of business and give examples of large versus small businesses in the bioscience area.  Intellectual property rights will be explained as will how present your business and how to set up a small biotech company.    A comparison will be made of the big Pharma business model and that of small biotech businesses.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Heather Wallace

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course will challenge you to think about the nature of research when driven by commercial outcomes. Future recruitment opportunities may involve roles in bio-business development rather than exclusively research at the bench. This course hopes to place you at a competitive advantage when seeking such career paths. In the biotechnology arena the commercial process of drug discovery and development costs significant sums but the risks of failure are also very high. You will gain insight into the way this risk and cost is managed against the very large potential revenues that could be generated from a successful drug pipeline.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 2 Lectures during University weeks 9 - 17

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1 Essay (under examination conditions) (40%); 1 problem solving assignment (25%); 1 Presentation  (35%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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