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.
This MSc will provide you with a thorough knowledge of the primary design principles and biotechnology tools being developed in systems 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’s new centre, SynthSys, is a hub for world-leading research in both systems and synthetic biology.
The programme consists of two semesters of taught courses followed by a research project and dissertation, which can be either modelling-based or laboratory-based.
You must take these courses:
Practical Systems Biology (Semester 1)
Tools for Synthetic Biology (Semester 1)
Social Dimensions of Systems and Synthetic Biology (Semester 2)
Dissertation Project in Systems and Synthetic Biology (Semester 2 onwards)
Select exactly 70 credits in this group.
MSc Systems and Synthetic Biology recommended optionsSelect between 10 and 20 credits of the following courses:
Information Processing in Biological Cells
Applications of Synthetic Biology
Biological Sciences - Systems and Synthetic Biology Semester 1Select between 20 and 30 credits of the following courses:
Enzymology and Biological Production
Introduction to scientific programming for MSc in Drug Discovery & Translational Biology
Economics and Innovation in the Biotechnology Industry
Bioinformatics Programming and System Management
Biological Sciences - Systems and Synthetic Biology Semester 2Select between 30 and 40 credits of the following courses:
Metagenomics for Industrial Biotechnology
Computational Cognitive Neuroscience
Functional Genomic Technologies
Drug Discovery (MSc Level)
Industry and Entrepreneurship in Biotechnology
Comparative and Evolutionary Genomics
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.
A UK 2:1 honours 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.
We may also consider your application if you have a background in physics or mathematics.
English language requirements
You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.
English language tests
For 2021 entry we will accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:
IELTS Academic: a total of 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component.
TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition): total 92 with at least 20 in each section. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
CAE and CPE: total 176 with at least 169 in each paper.
Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components.
For 2022 entry we will accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:
IELTS Academic: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module).
TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition): total 100 (at least 20 in each module). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 169 in each module)
Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components.
Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.
Degrees taught and assessed in English
We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:
We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.
If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.