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, BIO, is a full-time two year programme. The programme offers Denmark's first university degree and academic courses bridging business and biotech. BIO 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.

BIO is a platform for collaboration on biobusiness teaching, involving CBS in partnership with the Danish Technical University, and University of Copenhagen. Partnerships also include leading life science firms in Denmark, Scandinavia and the Nanyang Technical University in Singapore. 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 in Bioentrepreneurship.

The mix of life science and business students in BIO classes gives you an opportunity to build cross disciplinary skills and networks.
Developed in close cooperation with industry, the BIO 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. You may develop these skills when conducting both curricular activities and extra-curricular activities. The extracurricular activities are currently being supported by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

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 BIO.


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.

To determine in advance if your courses meet our first year requirements, please send full course descriptions to our programme administration for approval to:

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 life science firms. You learn to combine your previous training in life science with the concepts and tools for business analysis.

Third semester courses include topics like innovation management, market understanding, finance and bioentrepreneurship.

In your fourth and final semester you complete an master thesis activity. You may organise an internship in a life science company in the Copenhagen region within biotech, pharma of industrial bio. The internship is optinoal and you must organise it yourself. Your thesis may present a systematic, in depth analysis of selected issues you may have encountered if you have completed an 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.

Course overview

1. Semester       

2. Semester        3. Semester 4. Semester       

Courses (60 ECTS)*





Innovation Challenges in BioBusiness (7.5 ECTS)

Master's thesis (30 ECTS)





Biomarkets (7.5 ECTS)
Finance and Accounting in BioBusiness (7,5 ECTS)
BioEntrepreneurship (7.5 ECTS)

*You can find an overview of the 1st year and course descriptions in the programme regulations for MSc in Business Administration and Bioentrepreneurship. Please note that courses can change with the new study regulations. The course selection will be available in late June after you have accepted your place offer.


The MSc in Business Administration and Bioentrepreneurship progranme also offers a minor in Bioentrepreneurship.

Find more information about the minor

Sidst opdateret: Web editor - Student Communications // 09/03/2023