We are now welcoming applications for 2013/2014.
The Masters in Management of Bioeconomy, Innovation and Governance (MSc BIG) is an innovative and dynamic postgraduate qualification designed to meet the increasing demand for skilled people in the growing global bioeconomy.
The MSc BIG programme responds to the central challenges of the bioeconomy: making better use of existing resources; adding value throughout life science innovation supply chains; and bringing new technologies to existing and emerging markets.
To meet these modern challenges, MSc BIG provides students with a dynamic set of competencies and knowledge about life science innovation, as highly desired by prospective employers in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
Our objective is to enable graduates to excel in strategic thinking that brings globally contextualised solutions to practical problems relating to: firm strategy; policy and regulation; collaboration; and intellectual property.
Basic scientific knowledge and expertise is no longer sufficient for building a successful career in the growing bioeconomy. Therefore, MSc BIG provides a rich combination of theoretical perspectives on life science innovation with a practical focus on the dynamics of the bioeconomy. A work-based dissertation ensures that students gain experience directly relevant to careers in the bioeconomy.
Students also benefit from the programme's unique position within the University of Edinburgh. MSc BIG courses are delivered by scholars within the Innogen Institute - a research institute world renowned for its study of the life sciences, proximity to government and collaboration with commercial and not-for-profit sectors within the bioeconomy.
Innogen is also part of the Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS) subject group within the University of Edinburgh's School of Social and Political Science, allowing students to take full advantage of the vibrant community at one of Europe's leading centres for social science research.
Learning outcomesKnowledge and conceptual frameworks
Competencies and practical skills
How you will be taught
The MSc BIG programme draws upon current, real life case studies and the latest research findings.
Experiential rather than rote learning is encouraged, and is accomplished through:
The programme also includes high-profile guest lectures to ensure the latest thinking from key opinion leaders is provided.
The programme can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis.
The programme is delivered by scholars within the ESRC Innogen Centre a research institute world renowned for its study of the life sciences, proximity to government, and collaboration with commercial and not-for-profit sectors within the bioeconomy.
"Innogen enjoys an outstanding reputation for the quality of its work in a wide range of disciplines and for the interdisciplinarity of its approach." Alastair Kent, Director, Genetic Alliance UK
Core teaching and development team:
The MSc BIG Programme will be organised into 10 and 20 credit courses. Students will take five core courses plus one or two optional courses and be required to write a 15,000 word dissertation.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
An extensive range of scholarships are available from the University of Edinburgh, both general and country-specific. The University Scholarships and Student Funding Services and the Graduate School of Social and Political Science both offer more information about fees, funding and scholarships.
The list below highlights some of the scholarship opportunities available to prospective postgraduate (taught) Science and Technology Studies students in 2013-2014.
Fifteen scholarships are available to UK and EU students already accepted to a full-time Master's degree programmes in any subject offered by the University.
20 Edinburgh Santander Scholarships are available to students from eligible countries for postgraduate Master's study in any subject offered by the University for the 2013-2014 academic session.
The University of Edinburgh will offer 40 Master's scholarships for postgraduate study in any subject offered by the University for the 2013-2014 academic session.
The University will offer up to six Master's scholarships for students from the Tohoku, Northern Kanto, and Hokkaido regions undertaking a postgraduate Master's degree programme offered by the University of Edinburgh in the academic session 2013-2014.
One scholarship is available to a student from Western China accepted on to a postgraduate Master's programme, in any subject, at the University of Edinburgh, for the academic session 2013-2014.