M.Phil. On Campus

Bioscience Enterprise

University of Cambridge

12 months
33321 GBP/year
13395 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MPhil in Bioscience Enterprise (MBE) programme is a multi-disciplinary biotechnology and business degree course at the University of Cambridge, designed for high-achieving individuals with an enthusiasm for enterprise.


Science and technology, business and transitionary modules are taught in each term, integrating commercial know-how with advances in research, and demonstrating the many complex issues associated with bringing discovery and innovation from the laboratory to the market. 

The Bioscience Enterprise at the University of Cambridge is highly participatory and includes practical elements in the form of interdisciplinary projects, workshops, case studies and business planning activities.  Students have opportunities to undertake a consulting project and a technology company internship placement, and gain an international perspective during a (self-funded, optional) study tour to the USA.


The MBE programme is a component part of the Biotechnology teaching and research theme within the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. Now in its sixteenth year, more than 300 students have graduated from the course and have progressed their careers to occupy positions in every aspect of the life science business sector.

Image of West Cambridge Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology front entranceBuilding on its origins in the Institute of Biotechnology with its global reputation for a practical and successful approach to entrepreneurship and the exploitation of bioscience inventions, the MBE programme now occupies purpose built facilities in the Department’s newly opened headquarters in the University's West Cambridge science site.

The programme enjoys strong connections with the biotech industry in both the UK and overseas. Students benefit from a unique combination of teaching and mentoring delivered by business and academic contributors, who bring their diverse and first hand knowledge of life science research commercialisation and business activities to the course. 

Case-studies of biotech firms, frequently described by senior executives from the companies themselves, illustrate the commercial exploitation of scientific discoveries from a practical standpoint and provide an insight into the managerial challenges that arise in high tech companies. Cambridge is Europe's leading biotech cluster and excellent business networking opportunities are available to all course participants.

Programme Structure

Course overview:

  • The MBE programme provides graduates with training in the latest advances in exploitable biotechnology, together with knowledge and understanding of business practice, and innovation in biotechnology companies and other commercial entities.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for this course should have achieved a minimum equivalent of a high UK II.i Honours Degree.
  • If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country.
  • An excellent first degree in the physical or life sciences, medicine, economics or law. Postgraduate experience in an academic, industrial, or business environment is highly advantageous but not essential.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    33321 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33321 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    13395 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13395 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Cambridge

846 - 1465 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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