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Postgraduate Diploma in Bioscience Enterprise

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


University of Auckland


An inter-disciplinary programme that blends the best of Science and Business to give science graduates the skills to move with confidence in the business world.

Programme overview

As a PGDipBioEnt student, you’ll gain skills in the financial, marketing and legal aspects of science to prepare you for a wide range of job opportunities in science and business enterprises.

As a graduate, you could bring a competitive edge to an existing company, or be the key to a successful science start-up.

The programme also offers plenty of networking opportunities for students to meet practitioners and leaders from industry and business.

Programme structure

The full-time programme is completed in one year, and the part-time programme may be completed over a maximum of four years.

Students must complete 120 points from the following courses:

90 points: SCIENT 701-706 (the topics include accounting, finance, marketing, law, intellectual property and commercialisation, as they relate to scientists)

30 points from 700-level courses in Biological Sciences, Bioinformatics, Medical Science, Medicinal Chemistry*, Food Science, Pharmacology* or Psychology*, which may include topics such as Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology; Proteomics; or Molecular Cell Biology and Biomedicine

*Subject to approval

Where could this programme take you?

Graduates of the PGDipBioEnt can look forward to opportunities in biotechnology, pharmaceutical, reagent or device companies; the food and beverage industry; technology transfer offices in universities; Crown Research Institutes; business development, finance and investment firms; and Government agencies.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Business analyst
  • Business development manager
  • Clinical research associate
  • Commercial analyst
  • Marketing executive
  • Project manager
  • Regulatory affairs associate
  • Sales consultant

Further study options

  • Master of Bioscience Enterprise

Entry criteria

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in science, engineering or technology at a recognised university (or similar institution) with a GPE of 6.0. Your degree must have been in one of the following areas: biological or biomedical sciences, bioinformatics, food science, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology or physiology.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

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