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We offer an opportunity to train in one of the newest areas of biology: the application of engineering principles to the understanding and design of biological networks. This new approach promises solutions to some of today’s most pressing challenges in environmental protection, human health and energy production.
The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent, with a strong background in one or more of the following areas: bioinformatics, computer sciences and modelling, molecular biology and related sciences, engineering or biotechnology. Physics, mathematics or other backgrounds will also be considered.
All applicants must meet our general entry and language requirements. Detailed advice for international students is available here:
The MSc will provide you with a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of system and synthetic biology, ranging from understanding genome-wide data to designing and synthesising ‘Biobricks’. You will learn quantitative methods of modelling and data analysis to inform and design new hypotheses based on experimental data.
The University hosts the new SynthSys Centre for Synthetic and Systems Biology, a hub for world-leading research in this area.
The programme consists of two semesters of taught courses followed by a research dissertation, which can be a modelling or laboratory-based project.
Students are advised to take our five recommended courses, which are supplemented with their choice of optional courses.
The programme is designed to give you a good basis for managerial or technical roles in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. It will also prepare you for entry into a PhD programme.
Please see Scholarships and Student Funding Services for information about funding opportunities:
This article was published on Apr 25, 2013