Innogen · News · October 7, 2011

BIG news


Announcing the Development of a New Masters Programme in Management of Bioeconomy, Innovation and Governance

The Masters in Management of Bioeconomy, Innovation and Governance (MSc BIG) is being developed to meet the need for skilled people to work in the rapidly growing global bioeconomy. Growth of the bioeconomy requires special skills to manage better use of natural resources, adding value throughout agricultural supply chains, and bringing innovative health technologies to market.

MSc BIG will provide the core knowledge and skills needed for graduates to compete in rapidly evolving, highly skilled workforce. Graduates will be applying innovation theory to practical problems in the bioeconomy related to firm strategy, policy coherence, negotiation, and management of intellectual assets.

The programme is for students seeking new skills, or to upgrade existing skills, through intensive course work and work-related dissertations. Graduates will be able to seek employment in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

The ESRC Innogen Centre provides an ideal context for the MSc BIG with its world renowned strengths in the life sciences and biotechnology, proximity to government, and collaboration with bioeconomy industries nationally and internationally.

MSc BIG leaflet cover







Programme outcomes

Graduates of the BIG programme will understand:

  • Current trends and recent achievements in life science innovation

  • Innovation systems theory as it relates to bioeconomy

  • Science and technology policy particularly in the life sciences and biotechnology

  • Regulation and governance of the bioeconomy

  • Knowledge management and intellectual property in life science innovation

Graduates of the BIG programme will develop their skills and abilities in:

  • Research and enquiry - such that they are able to independently demonstrate problem formulation, analysis and resolution

  • Personal and intellectual autonomy - in the context of a new domain of opportune yet uncertain economic activity 

  • Oral and verbal communication - through presentations, group work and public and private sector engagement, as well as writing essays, policy briefing notes and analytical reports

  • Personal effectiveness - as they efficiently and effectively analyse and respond to problems throughout the programme

Programme structure and features

The MSc BIG programme concentrates on delivering practice-oriented but theoretically grounded course content to ensure that graduates will have knowledge and skills desired by prospective private and public sector employers.  

The programme will consist of core and optional courses. It will also support a broad range of work-based dissertation projects, to meet the diversity of student interests and provide students with opportunity to bridge the theory-practice gap.

For more information

Prof David Castle, Chair of Innovation in the Life Science
Tel: 0131 650 2449