MSc in Business Administration and Bioentrepreneurship

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.


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 cooperation between Copenhagen Business School (CBS), The Technical University of Denmark (DTU Systems Biology) and University of Copenhagen (KU) and leading life science firms in Denmark.

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. That is also the case if you have previously fulfilled these requirements as part of completing a master’s or PhD degree in biology/biotechnology.

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 other channels of commercialisation. 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 is during the course submitted to the Danish Venture Cup Idea Competition. The business plan is part of your thesis.  

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 while you developed your business plan and during your internship.

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 (read more about BBIP here – umbrella page). 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 Bioentrpreneurship.

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 life-science industry is a key driver in the Danish economy. 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.


The first year of the programme is taught at KU or other universities offering equivalent competences.  
Please find more information about first year requirements here.
The second year of the programme is taught exclusively at CBS.

Course overview


1. Semester 2. Semester 3. Semester 4. Semester

55 ECTS-points at graduate level in one or more of the following course areas: biology, biotechnology, systems biology, sustainable biotechnology, molecular biology, molecular medicine, biochemistry, biomedicine, technical biomedicine, chemistry and technology, medicine and technology, nanotechnology, nano science, odontology, veterinary medicine and pharmacy.

Innovation, Eentrepreneurship and Strategy in Biobusiness (7,5 ECTS) BBIP Entrepreneurship Project
Biobusiness Marketing (7,5 ECTS) Internship in partner firms

5 ECTS in IPR (Intellectual Property Right) *

* University of Copenhagen (KU): Advanced Biotechnology and Intellectual Property Rights and Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation in Pharmaceutical Sciences
* Technical University of Denmark (DTU): Value creation in Pharma - and biotechnology 

Governance, Control and Contracts in biobusiness (7,5 ECTS) Master Thesis (30 ECTS)
Finance, Accounting and Valuation in BioBusiness (7,5 ECTS)

You can find course descriptions in the programme regulations for MSc in Business Administration and Bioentrepreneurship.


Sidst opdateret: Student Affairs // 14/07/2016

Minor in Bioentrepreneurship

The BBIP also offeres a minor in Bioentrepreneurship available for a limited number of CBS business students.

Find more information about the minor