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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


MSc in Management of Bioeconomy, Innovation and Governance

The application deadline for this programme is 6 July 2020.

A message from the Programme Director

Welcome to the web page for the Masters in Management of Bioeconomy, Innovation and Governance (MSc BIG), an innovative and dynamic postgraduate qualification.  Focusing on innovation in life sciences and biotechnology, and designed to meet the increasing demand for skilled people in the growing global bioeconomy, MSc BIG responds to a number of key challenges:

  • Developing sustainable innovation in a responsible manner
  • Identifying and exploiting value throughout innovation ecosystems
  • Bringing new technologies to existing and emerging markets

MSc BIG enables its graduates to take an active role in the workforce, contributing to development of the bioeconomy in industry, policy, regulatory, not-for-profit or academic capacities. Students learn how to respond to globally important challenges by contributing to innovative developments in, for example, healthcare, agriculture and other land uses, energy, industrial biotechnology, and environmental remediation, in developed and developing economies. They are taught how to use customized methods to deal with complex issues ranging from foresight and innovation systems analysis, strategic decision making in companies, value chain analysis and business model development, product and process regulation, to ensuring ‘responsibility’ in research and innovation. Students also have the opportunity to write their dissertations on collaborations through work-based placements with organizations or companies involved in the bioeconomy.

Specific areas covered by the programme include:

  • agricultural biotechnology
  • sustainable food and animal production
  • synthetic biology
  • pharmaceuticals and antimicrobial resistance
  • regenerative medicine and cell therapies
  • stratified medicine
  • industrial biotechnology
  • genetic databases
  • biofuels and energy-related developments

Students benefit from the programme's unique position within the University. MSc BIG benefits from its strong association with the  Innogen Institute - a research institute renowned for its interdiciplinary study of the life sciences, proximity to world-leading science and medicine, government, and key policymakers; and long-standing collaborations with commercial and not-for-profit sectors within the bioeconomy.

The programme is delivered by the Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS) subject group within the University of Edinburgh's School of Social and Political Science, allowing students to take full advantage of the vibrant community at one of Europe's leading centres for social science research.

On behalf of the MSc BIG programme team, we look forward to hearing from you.

Dr Farah Huzair
(Programme Director, email:

About the Innogen Institute

The Innogen Institute is renowned for world-leading research with global impact on the social and economic aspects of the life sciences and emerging technologies. Innogen focuses on innovation arising from life science research and technological development, how research and technologies are regulated and governed, and how technological and social innovation interact. Innogen is engaged in projects with over 40 institutions across 30 countries, and its research has influenced decision makers in industry, government and public bodies in the UK, EU and internationally.

For more information

More information can be found on the Innogen MSc BIG programme pages, as well as on the pages listed on the left.

To discuss how the MSc BIG programme fits with your education needs and career ambitions, or if you would like to speak with a current student on MSc BIG, please contact the Programme Director who will be happy to answer your questions or put you in touch with one of our student representatives.

How to Apply

Further guidance on how to apply and entry requirements, etc. is available on the Graduate School website. Please feel free to contact the Programme Director with any further queries.

Bologna Compatibility

Like all University of Edinburgh Masters programmes, the degree is fully Bologna compatible, and is recognised across Europe and beyond under the principles of the Bologna framework. The programme comprises 180 Edinburgh credits, which are equivalent to 90 ECTS credits.


Edinburgh4Learning offers an intuitive and easy to use funding information tool which allows students to search using a series of handy drop-down lists. Students can access the Edinburgh4Learning portal direct from the Scholarships and Student Funding Services website. Registration requires a valid university of Edinburgh e-mail address and in a matter of moments students can access numerous funding opportunities to help them during their studies.

Dr Farah Huzair