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Bioscience and Management

Lancaster University has developed a flexible postgraduate portfolio providing a suite of 24 topic modules to meet the diverse needs of individuals and businesses in the biomedical sector. The courses are applicable to real work needs and issues and accessible in terms of timing, location and method of delivery.

The courses develop knowledge and understanding in:

A    Bioscience & Technical skills – lab techniques, research methods & bioscience 
B    Business skills – leadership, project management
C    Core Skills – communication, team work and personal effectiveness

All modules carry a 10 credit rating and can be taken as stand-alone courses. This may plug a gap in the skills portfolio of an individual trainee or as part of a management development program.

For further details please see the downloadable course brochures and fees for academic year 2012/13.

Postgraduate Certificate: Applied Bioscience and Business Management

Six modules can be combined to gain the Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Bioscience and Business Management (60 credits).

The six modules must include one module from Group A and one from Group B and the remaining 4 modules can be chosen from groups A, B or C.


Bioscience and Technical Skills


Business Skills


Core Skills

Applied mathematics and statistics for the biomedical sector

Analysing drivers for change

Communication and presentation skills

Laboratory practice: essential practical skills and techniques

Entrepreneurial skills

Creative thinking and problem-solving

Cell Biology research skills

The Biomedical sector in context and emerging trends

Developing as an independent learner

Ethics research skills

The commercial business environment - strategic perspectives

Personal effectiveness and team-working

Molecular Biology research skills

Leadership and management


Drug discovery and development

Leading and managing people


The Biomedical sector: regulatory and ethical frameworks

Leading others through change



Leading Projects


Models of disease

Work based project (Action research)


Diseases of the brain



Molecular basis of cancer

Entry Requirements

Students who enter onto the course normally have at least a second class honours degree or equivalent. Depending on your qualifications and experience, we may require some additional information or ask you to undertake a pre-entry assessment.


There are no exams. For each module there will be an assessment activity requiring some reading and some investigation/evaluation of processes and practices in participants’ own work settings.


Each topic is worth 10 credits at level 7 (postgraduate)


£355 + VAT per module or £2120 + VAT for the Certificate

How to apply


Negotiated Work based learning route to a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc

This is an innovative work-based postgraduate programme which allows you to build your own programme based on your specific needs and the needs of your business. You may claim Accreditation for Prior Learning (APL) where applicable. The programme is described in detail in the Continuous Professional Development brochure in downloads.

You may choose to complete the Certificate via the Topic modules (60 credits), then progress to the Diploma or MSc. Or depending on your qualifications or experience, you may be able to commit to the Diploma (120 credits) or an MSc (180 credits) at the outset.

There are four components for the Diploma and MSc as follows:

1. Module: Self review and programme planning (20 credits)

  • Self-review and recognition for your prior learning and experience.
  • Prepare an APL claim for credit to be awarded towards the qualification.
  • Develop your work-based learning and study skills.
  • Negotiate and plan your postgraduate programme, taking account of your personal development needs and the needs of the business. This includes specifying and justifying any topic modules you wish to take and outlining your work based project.

2. Topic modules / APL for Diploma and Masters options
Unless already completed within the Certificate relevant topic modules are chosen from the Groups A, B and C as listed above. Topic modules plus any APL credit must make a total of 60 credits.

3. Module: Work Based research methods (20 credits)
Knowledge and skills to carry out your work based project

4. Module: Work Based Project
Complete a work-based project supported by your tutor. Project modules vary in size depending on the target of the award, the APL claim and the progression route chosen. Typically a Diploma involves a 20 or 40 credit project and an MSc an 80 credit project. You will develop project management skills through planning, costing and resourcing the project and will write a report including background, aims and rationale, methods used and an analysis of the findings.

To apply for any of the Negotiated Work Based Learning courses
Contact CETAD for an application pack on 01524 593318 or email
You will need to complete the application form, and a 500 word statement.