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.
Information Processing in Biological Cells
Social Dimensions of Systems and Synthetic Biology
Practical Systems Biology
Applications of Synthetic Biology
Tools for Synthetic Biology
Probabilistic Modelling and Reasoning
Functional Genomic Technologies
Bioinformatics Programming & System Management
Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine
Statistics and Data Analysis
Gene Expression & Microbial Regulation
Computational Cognitive Neuroscience
Next Generation Genomics
Biochemistry A & B
Environmental Gene Mining & Metagenomics
Economics & Innovation in the Biotechnology Industry
Industry & Entrepreneurship in Biotechnology
Introduction to Scientific Programming
Practical Skills in Biochemistry A & B
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.