Career Prospects in Biotechnology for Indian Students
In this month’s blog post, I want to write about the post graduate course that I am currently enrolled in at Warwick. My course is a Master of Science degree in Biotechnology, Bioprocessing and Business Management. The main appeal of the course to me was that it combined three different disciplines; this opens up a whole horde of opportunities in terms of career prospects.
For fellow Indian students in particular, I believe this course would be an excellent experience and a much-needed feather in their caps. Biotechnology being a relatively new field in developing countries like India, is at a nascent stage and is yet to receive the recognition that other fields like software have. However, that is not to say that there is a dearth of biotechnology jobs. On the contrary, there are a huge number of vacancies that are not being filled simply because major conglomerate companies consider a Bachelor’s degree in biotechnology to be insufficient. A course of this standard from an internationally reputed university such as Warwick, in my opinion, gives a definite competitive edge over the hundreds of thousands other biotechnologists in India.
By the end of the course, not only will you have broadened your scientific knowledge base, but will have also have a sharp sense of business acumen. Additionally, since the course is designed in a way that it hones your skills in three streams, jobs opportunities in all three streams are potentially open to graduates; you could opt to work in pharmaceutical and biotechnology giants like Sun Pharma, GlaxoSmithKline, Novozymes, Biocon, Shantha Biotech, Bharat Biotech and so on, or you could look for opportunities in the food and beverage production companies such as Nestle, KraftHeinz, Parle Agro, Dabur, Mondelez, Kaleesuwari Refinery, United Spirits, Diageo, ABInBev. If working in biotechnology or bioprocessing industries does not interest you, you could work as an analyst or a consultant in life sciences for software giants such as Tata Consultancy Services, Cognizant, Accenture, and Wipro which are constantly on the lookout for life science graduates to work on projects they carry out in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.
If you decide to study further and pursue a PhD, you can branch into research-based positions upon completion. However, keep in mind that in order to pursue a PhD in India after a Masters in the UK, you will need to complete a short bridge course for six months. Other countries do not require the same, so you’re free to pursue a PhD anywhere across the world immediately afterwards. Or, with all the business knowledge that you will have gained by the end of the course, you could become an entrepreneur and start your own business.
The course is definitely the right choice for students wanting multidisciplinary knowledge. It might be more hectic than other postgraduate courses because of the vast amount of knowledge imparted to you, but the payoff will definitely be worth it. Like they say, no pain, no gain!