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MSc in Business Administration and Bioentrepreneurship is a full-time two year programme. The programme is part of the BioBusiness & Innovation Platform (BBIP), offering Denmark’s first university degree and academic courses bridging business and biotech. BBIP is a cooperation between Copenhagen Business School (CBS), The Technical University of Denmark (DTU Systems Biology) and University of Copenhagen (KU) and leading life science firms in Denmark.

FIRST YEAR: ADVANCED BIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY

Enrolment requires a bachelor in biology/biotechnology. The first year of the master’s programme allows you to further develop skills and insights into advanced biology and biotechnology. Course packages of 60 ECTS, meeting first year’s requirements, are offered by The University of Copenhagen and the Danish Technical University. You may also take your first year of biology/biotechnology at any Danish or international university offering an equivalent course package. This package includes a mandatory introduction to Intellectual Property Rights (minimum 5 ECTS). To determine in advance if your courses meet our first year requirements, please send full course descriptions to our programme administration for approval (cbio@cbs.dk).

You may already have completed biology/biotechnology courses meeting first-year requirements at a Danish or an international university. In this case, you may enroll directly into the second year of the programme. That is also the case if you have previously fulfilled these requirements as part of completing a master’s or PhD degree in biology/biotechnology, in this case your need to apply as a part time and payment student. Read more about how to apply for enrollment at the second year.

SECOND YEAR: TURNING BIO INTO BUSINESS

In the second year, courses and project work at CBS train you in the business skills required to translate bio-innovation into start-up firms and lifescience firms. You learn to combine your previous training in life-science with the concepts and tools for business analysis. Third semester courses include innovation management, marketing, finance and biobusiness development and contracting. Moreover, you work in interdisciplinary teams with business students to complete a business plan on a real life venture. The business plan may during the course be submitted to the Danish Venture Cup Idea Competition.

In your fourth and final semester you complete an internship in a leading company in the Copenhagen region within biotech, pharma or industrial bio. Your internship will be in a business department (marketing, business development, competitor intelligence etc.) in one of these firms. In parallel with the internship you write your master thesis. Your thesis presents a systematic, in depth analysis of selected issues you have encountered during your internship.

BBIP is a platform for collaboration on biobusiness teaching, involving CBS in partnership with DTU Department of Systems Biology, and University of Copenhagen. Partnerships also include leading life-science firms in Denmark and Scandinavia. The master in bioentrepreneurship enrolls students with a life-science background. Business students can enroll into courses as single electives, or combined into a minor i Bioentrepreneurship.

The mix of life-science and business students in BBIP classes gives you an opportunity to build cross disciplinary skills and networks.
Developed in close cooperation with industry, the BBIP programme gives you a unique opportunity to apply your skills to actual business challenges in real-life entrepreneurship projects, and in the business activities of leading life-science firms.

The life-science industry is a key driver in the Danish economy and more globally. To maintain momentum, the sector needs innovation and entrepreneurship to build new firms and to create new business in existing firms. In life-science, the steps of transforming research into business are complicated. To handle this transformation, you must both understand the science behind new developments, and also master methods and tools in finance, marketing, intellectual property right, business model design and much more. The integration of life-science and business skills is highly useful for life-science firms, and for this reason, Denmark’s leading companies have played a main role in starting and shaping BBIP.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You are qualified for (but not guaranteed) admission to the programme if you:

A) Fulfil the entry requirements below
B) Fulfil the language requirement
C) Have a bachelor degree (or will by study start)

SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Your educational background will be subject to an overall individual assessment in order to establish if the academic areas listed below are covered to a sufficient extent.

The specific entry requirements are min. 37.5 ECTS-points within the following areas:

  • Min. 15 ECTS-points within a biological system (plants, animals or microbiology)
  • Min. 15 ECTS-points within biochemistry/organic chemistry
  • Min. 7.5 ECTS-points within biotechnology methods (laboratory experience with molecular biology techniques)

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

The programme requires English at Danish level B.

The English requirements are very strict, which means that only the qualifications listed on the English level B page are accepted as alternative fulfilment.

If you do not fulfil the English requirements at the time of applying, you have until study start to document fulfilment. In other words, you are welcome to apply without fulfilling the English requirement, but you must fulfil the requirements as listed on the English level B page before study start (or 1 June if you are a non-EU citizen and need a student residence permit). If you need to take a language test/exam, your scores must be available to CBS Admissions by this time, however, you must upload a registration for the language test/exam when you apply.

NB: If you are studying at a Danish bachelor programme at CBS, you automatically fulfil the English B language requirement.

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