Pharmaceutical Enterprise MSc/Diploma

Start date
Full time, part-time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught


Please note, the MSc Pharmaceutical Enterprise programme has been suspended and will not be running for the academic year 2019/20.


Please note, the MSc Pharmaceutical Enterprise programme has been suspended and will not be running for the academic year 2019/2020. 


The MSc Pharmaceutical Enterprise programme is delivered by experts in the field, many with on-going experience of the sector; and this ensures the programme maintains relevance in this fast moving industry.

The interactive teaching equips you with the medical, scientific, regulatory and business skills to achieve success. Internships and consultancy project opportunities arising from associated SME companies offer highly prized ‘real life’ experiences.

The MSc Pharmaceutical Enterprise programme aims to provide you with a toolbox of skills to enable you to:

  • select, develop and commercialise projects with therapeutic potential
  • create, seek funding and take leading executive roles in companies to exploit the commercial potential of projects in a spin-out/SME environment

MSc Pharmaceutical Enterprise student, Ingo Behle, talks about his time on the programme at the University of Birmingham.


MSc Pharmaceutical Enterprise student, Iulia Ghioca, talks about her time on the programme at the University of Birmingham.

Why Study this Course?

  • This programme is delivered by high calibre practitioners (business, research and teaching) who are experts in their field. 
  • Practitioners include those with experience of executive roles in SME pharmaceutical companies including the Programme Director, Professor Nicholas Barnes, who is the Principle Founder and CEO of Celentyx Ltd, a successful venture capital backed pharmaceutical company. He is also Professor of Neuropharmacology at the University of Birmingham. 
  • The University has strong links to several large and SME pharmaceutical companies and has a successful track record in translational medicine and commercialisation facilitated by the External Commercialisation Board; members of which contribute to the MSc Pharmaceutical Enterprise programme.





MSc - £11,160
PGDip - £7,440 

MSc £22,000
PGDip - £14,700

Self funding students can choose to pay in instalments by direct debit.

Learn more about fees and funding.

Postgraduate Loans for Masters students

You can apply for a government loan of up to £10,280 per student for postgraduate Masters study. This is a contribution towards the costs of study and whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs will be at the discretion of the student. Find out more about the Postgraduate Loan.


Global Scholarships for Excellence

The College of Medical and Dental Sciences is offering a number of Global Scholarships for Excellence for outstanding students on our postgraduate taught programmes. The value of each award is £2,000 to be off-set against tuition fees, is tenable for one year only and cannot be deferred to a later year. 

Overseas Research Scholarships

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. Visit our website for information about scholarships for international students.

For information about all Home/EU and International funding opportunities please visit the Postgraduate Funding Database.

How To Apply

International students requiring visas

Monday 1 July 2019 is the application deadline for international students who require a visa to study in the United Kingdom. We are not able to consider applications for 2019 made after this date - a new application should be made for September 2020. Applications will reopen for 2020 entry in early October 2019.

Before you make your application

You may wish to register your interest with us to receive regular news and updates on postgraduate life within this Department and the wider University.

Making your application

Our Standard Requirements

You will need a relevant degree with at least a 2:1 or equivalent to enter this programme. This can include a business or science based degree.

International Requirements

International Students

Academic requirements
We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

English to IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).

If you need help with your English language skills then support is available. 

The English for Academic Purposes Presessional course is for international students who have a conditional offer to study at the University, but who do not currently meet the English language requirements. The course is tailored to your level of English and allows you to meet the English language requirements for your programme without retaking IELTS. The EAP programme runs throughout the year and offers different programme lengths ranging from 42 weeks to 6 weeks. The length of course you need depends on your future course, your existing IELTS score and the English level you need for your university degree.

Find out more about the English for Academic Purposes Presessional course.

We have a wide range of external experts lecturing on this programme and have included their profiles so you get an idea of who you will be coming into contact with on this exciting programme.

Nigel Barnes
Rachael Hart
Robert Newman
Robert Perry
Stephen Reese
Jonathan Watkins

For more information about the academic staff please see the names below:

Luke Alderwick
Nicholas Barnes
Hannah Batchelor
Paul Foster
Laura Gathercole
Gareth Lavery
Fiyaz Mohammed
Tim Overton
Naeem Shaquat
Attila Sik

As a Birmingham student, you will be joining the academic elite and will have the privilege of learning from world-leading experts, as well as your peers. From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.

You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues.

Careers Support for Postgraduate Students

Careers Network – We can help you get ahead in the job market and develop your career

We recognise that as a postgraduate student you are likely to have specific requirements when it comes to planning for your next career step. Employers expect postgraduates to have a range of skills that exceed their subject knowledge. Careers Network offers a range of events and support services that are designed for all students, including postgraduates looking to find their niche in the job market. The Careers Network also have subject specific careers consultants and advisers for each College so you can be assured the information you receive will be relevant to your subject area. For more information visit the Careers Network website