Improve your employability by combining business, enterprise and entrepreneurial skills with your degree through our four-year biosciences courses with entrepreneurship, which include a placement.

Choose one of these courses and you will receive the same grounding in your chosen subject as other students in those areas while also studying additional units in entrepreneurship, enterprise and business innovation.

How it works

Our entrepreneurship courses within biosciences consist of two-thirds of biological sciences learning and one-third entrepreneurship learning. You will learn your entrepreneurship skills alongside other students taking a variety of degrees at the University.

The entrepreneurship units will be offered by the Masood Enterprise Centre (MEC) at the Alliance Manchester Business School at the University, exposing you to enterprise and innovation delivered by academics within the business school.

You will also have the opportunity to apply your entrepreneurship skills in the world of work on a year-long business or research placement in Year 3, which may take place in the UK or overseas.

Benefits of a degree with entrepreneurship

Graduates with skills in business and innovation are extremely desirable to employers who require their staff to be able to apply their specialist subject knowledge in a commercial context.

In the growing field of bioscience research collaborations, graduates with entrepreneurship skills are at a distinct advantage; they understand how to respond to challenges and succeed in the face of uncertainty.


You will spend the third year of your degree on placement. The placement year could take the form of a research placement at, for example, a biotech start-up, or as an enterprise placement learning more about marketing, accounts or production.

After this year away, you will come back to study for one further year.

Placements provide valuable work experience that will help you clarify your career objectives and give you an advantage in today’s competitive employment market.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for an industrial placement year are significantly lower than tuition fees for a standard year and there are additional fee waivers and discounts for some students who are from financially disadvantaged backgrounds. Some placements are also salaried.

Students participating in placements outside the UK may be able to apply for funding from the UK’s Turing scheme, depending on eligibility. Priority will be given to students from low-income households.

Courses available with entrepreneurship

We offer degrees with entrepreneurship in the following biosciences subjects. The below links will take you to the relevant 'with Entrepreneurship' course page (2023 entry) on The University of Manchester website.