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Structure of the Bioscience Enterprise Programme

The Bioscience Enterprise programme consists of two parts. In year one – students complete 8 taught courses to gain the PGDipBioEnt qualification. In year two – students take 2 courses and undertake a business research project to be submitted as a Master thesis during a 6-month internship in the industry. The total point value over two years is 240 points.

The programme operates in a stimulating ecosystem where the students meet and network with industry executives during lectures and seminars, at the monthly industry forums and the annual NZBIO Conference, and while working as interns in companies or government organisations. This helps the students to build their personal networks which often lead to successful employment after graduation.

Goals of the Programme

Business and science often seem like two different worlds. The Postgraduate Diploma in Bioscience Enterprise and Master of Bioscience Enterprise represent an interdisciplinary programme which aims to give science graduates the skills to move with confidence in both. You will gain skills in the financial, marketing and legal aspects of science which will prepare you for a wide range of job opportunities in science and business enterprises. The programme also offers plenty of networking opportunities for students to meet practitioners and leaders from industry and business. Scientists graduating from this programme will be business-savvy and comfortable in a business environment, and may give a company a competitive edge or be the key to a successful start-up.

Employment Opportunities

Potential opportunities for graduates include marketing, market-analysis, product development, the regulatory and business development aspects of research commercialization in biotech companies, pharmaceutical companies, reagent or devices companies, the food and beverages industry, in technology transfer offices at Universities and Crown Research Institutes, and as analysts and consultants in business development firms, finance and investment firms, and Government agencies.