This academically challenging and career-developing programme focuses on research and development using biological and chemical principles and systems to create new products, services and industries.
You will employ elements of the developing field of synthetic biology to bring about significant changes and major innovations that address the challenges of rapidly changing human demographics, resource shortages, energy economy transition and the concomitant growth in demand for more and healthier food, sustainable fuel cycles, and a cleaner environment.
You will learn through a variety of activities, including:
- laboratory work
- field work
- discussion groups and project groups
- problem-based learning activities
You will attend problem-based tutorial sessions and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor or programme director.
You will carry out research at the frontier of knowledge and can make a genuine contribution to the progress of original research. This involves carrying out project work in a research laboratory, reviewing relevant papers, analysing data, writing reports and giving presentations.
- Applications of Synthetic Biology
- Tools for Synthetic Biology
- Social Dimensions of Systems & Synthetic Biology
- Research Project Proposal
- MSc Project and Dissertation
Students must take at least one, and up to three, of the following choices:
- Metagenomic Analysis of Microbial Communities
- Practical Skills in Biochemistry A
- Principles of Industrial Biotechnology
- Biochemistry A
- Bioinformatics 1
- Bioinformatics Programming and System Management
- Biophysical Chemistry for MSc Biochemistry
- Economics and Innovation in the Biotechnology Industry
- Enzymology and Biological Production
- Gene Expression and Microbial Regulation
- Information Processing in Biological Cells
- Introduction to Scientific Programming for MSc in Drug Discovery and Translational Biology
- Molecular Modelling and Database Mining
- Practical Systems Biology
- Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
- The Origins of Synthetic Biology
- Biochemistry B
- Commercial Aspects of Drug Discovery
- Comparative and Evolutionary Genomics
- Drug Discovery
- Functional Genomic Technologies
- Industry and Entrepreneurship in Biotechnology
- Next Generation Genomics
- Practical Skills in Biochemistry B
- Programming for the Life Sciences
You will enhance your career prospects by acquiring current, marketable knowledge and developing advanced analytical and presentational skills, within the social and intellectual sphere of a leading European university.
The School of Biological Sciences offers a research-rich environment in which you can develop as a scientist and entrepreneur.
A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent. You should have a strong background in one or more of the following areas: biotechnology, biochemistry, molecular biology and the related sciences.
We may also consider your application if you have a background in engineering (particularly bioengineering), physics or mathematics.
Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:
- Entry requirements by country
English language requirements
All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:
an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration
- UKVI list of majority English speaking countries
IELTS Academic: total 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component
TOEFL-iBT: total 92 with at least 20 in each section
PTE(A): total 61 with at least 56 in each of the Communicative Skills scores
CAE and CPE: total 176 with at least 169 in each paper
Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components
Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. IELTS, TOEFL, Pearson Test of English and Trinity ISE must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.*
(*Revised 8/11/2018 to provide more accurate information on English language qualifications expiry dates.)
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