Global Business School for Health


MSc Biotech & Pharmaceutical Management Student Interview: Joanna Karayianni

9 April 2024

Meet Joanna Karayianni, a driven MSc Biotech and Pharmaceutical Management Student at UCL GBSH, blending her biomedical science expertise with business acumen. Discover her transformative journey below.


Why did you choose to apply for the MSc Biotech and Pharmaceutical Management Programme? 

After earning my bachelor's degree in biomedical sciences and gaining experience in translational research, I decided to apply my scientific expertise within a business setting. The MSc in Biotech and Pharmaceutical Management offers a unique prospect to advance my career options as it is tailored for individuals coming from different academic disciplines. Its comprehensive syllabus encompasses a wide range of modules offering vital knowledge and skillsets for navigating this industry. Becoming part of the first Global Business School for Health presented an ideal opportunity to engage with leaders in the field and learn from their experiences. 

How is this programme support your career goals and aspirations?

This programme provides essential and practical knowledge necessary for a career in the field of biotechnology and pharma. The teaching methods focused on group discussion and case studies, as well as the variety of assessments spanning business presentations, essays, and exams, provide a skillset that can be applied in a plethora of roles. In addition, GBSH offers a Health Executives in Residence programme that allows you to communicate with experts in the field who provide guidance and advice for career development. 

What advice would you give to prospective students thinking about applying to the MSc Biotech and Pharmaceutical Management Programme? 

My advice would be to take advantage of the opportunities offered beyond the scope of the course, such as attending career fairs, networking events, and informative workshops, as well as joining a society of your interest. Apart from those opportunities, students can become more involved in their programmes. I am currently the course representative for the MSc Biotech and Pharmaceutical Management programme and the lead department representative for GBSH. Through these roles, I assisted fellow peers and collaborated with academic staff and the educational team to identify areas of improvement. Involvement in extracurricular activities is a great chance to refine your skillset and engage with the UCL and GBSH community. 

What have you enjoyed the most since starting at UCL GBSH? 

I have enjoyed meeting and learning from fellow students with diverse academic backgrounds and engaging in discussions about different topics in the field. I particularly enjoyed the inaugural event series, where guest speakers addressed various issues faced in the field. The opportunity to engage with these speakers not only expanded my knowledge but also provided invaluable networking opportunities. 

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