Master of Science (MSc) in Business Administration and Bioentrepreneurship

Master of Science (MSc) in Business Administration and Bioentrepreneurship (joint programme)

The MSc in Business Administration and Bioentrepreneurship is a cooperation between Copenhagen Business School (CBS), The Technical University of Denmark (DTU Systems Biology) and University of Copenhagen (KU). You will be admitted to CBS. By combining courses in advanced biology/biotechnology with business tools and methods, you will learn what is required to translate scientific research and patents into innovative products and viable business opportunities. The teaching draws on industry experts, high quality academic faculty, real life cases, insight into bio ventures, and includes a three-month internship in one of Denmark’s leading life-science companies.

Business Administration and Bioentrepreneurship

Study Programme

The MSc in Business Administration and Bioentrepreneurship is a full-time two year programme. The programme is part of the BioBusiness & Innovation Platform (BBIP), offering Denmark's first university degree and academic courses bridging business and biotech.

BBIP is a platform for collaboration on biobusiness teaching, involving CBS in partnership with DTU Department of Systems Biology, and University of Copenhagen. Partnerships also include leading life-science firms in Denmark and Scandinavia. The master in bioentrepreneurship enrolls students with a life-science background. Business students can enroll into courses as single electives, or combined into a minor i Bioentrepreneurship.

The mix of life-science and business students in BBIP classes gives you an opportunity to build cross disciplinary skills and networks. Developed in close cooperation with industry, the BBIP programme gives you a unique opportunity to apply your skills to actual business challenges in real-life entrepreneurship projects, and in the business activities of leading life-science firms.

The MSc is a two-year graduate programme with a workload of 120 ECTS credit points.

First year: Advanced biology and biotechnology

Enrolment requires a bachelor in biology/biotechnology. The first year of the master’s programme allows you to further develop skills and insights into advanced biology and biotechnology.

Course packages of 60 ECTS, meeting first year’s requirements, are offered by The University of Copenhagen and the Danish Technical University. You may also take your first year of biology/biotechnology at any Danish or international university offering an equivalent course package.

This package includes a mandatory introduction to Intellectual Property Rights (minimum 5 ECTS). To determine in advance if your courses meet our first year requirements, please send full course descriptions to our programme administration for approval (

You may already have completed biology/biotechnology courses meeting first-year requirements at a Danish or an international university. In this case, you may enroll directly into the second year of the programme. Read more about how to apply for enrollment at the second year.

Second year: Turning bio into business

In the second year, courses and project work at CBS train you in the business skills required to translate bio-innovation into start-up firms and lifescience firms. You learn to combine your previous training in life-science with the concepts and tools for business analysis.

Third semester courses include innovation management, marketing, finance and biobusiness development and contracting. Moreover, you work in interdisciplinary teams with business students to complete a business plan on a real life venture. The business plan may during the course be submitted to the Danish Venture Cup Idea Competition.

In your fourth and final semester you complete an internship in a leading company in the Copenhagen region within biotech, pharma or industrial bio. Your internship will be in a business department (marketing, business development, competitor intelligence etc.) in one of these firms.

In parallel with the internship you write your master thesis. Your thesis presents a systematic, in depth analysis of selected issues you have encountered during your internship.


The first year of the programme is taught at KU, DTU or other universities offering equivalent competences.  The second year of the programme is taught exclusively at CBS.

Go to CBS's homepage to learn more about the study programme 


The life-science industry is a key driver in the Danish economy and more globally. To maintain momentum, the sector needs innovation and entrepreneurship to build new firms and to create new business in existing firms.

In life-science, the steps of transforming research into business are complicated. To handle this transformation, you must both understand the science behind new developments, and also master methods and tools in finance, marketing, intellectual property right, business model design and much more.

The integration of life-science and business skills is highly useful for life-science firms, and for this reason, Denmark’s leading companies have played a main role in starting and shaping BBIP. 

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