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Synthetic Biology MSc

Course Description

Course Overview

This course provides you with a balance of molecular biology, engineering, computing and modelling skills necessary for a career in synthetic biology. Computational design of biological systems is important as the field of synthetic biology grows. This allows the construction of complex and large biological systems.

While laboratory approaches to engineering biological systems are a major focus, the course specialises in computational design. This provides you with essential computing and engineering skills to allow you to develop software to program biological systems.

Our course is designed for students from both biological and computational backgrounds. Prior experience with computers or computer programming is not required. Students with mathematical, engineering or other scientific backgrounds are also welcome to apply. It is ideal if you are aiming for careers in industry or academia.

We provide a unique, multidisciplinary experience that is essential for understanding synthetic biology. The programme draws together the highly-rated teaching and research expertise of our Schools of Computing Science, Mathematics and Statistics, and Biology, as well as the Medical Faculty and the Institute of Human Genetics.


For detailed module information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/synthetic-biology-msc/#modules

How to apply

For course application information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/synthetic-biology-msc/#howtoapply

Visit the Synthetic Biology MSc page on the Newcastle University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in computing science or a maths based subject.Or a 2:2 honours degree, or international equivalent, in any biological science based subject, such as: genetics, biochemistry, biology.We will also consider your application on an individual basis if you have a degree in a related subject not listed above or a lower/non-standard qualification with significant industrial or professional experience.If your first language is not English you need an overall IELTS score of 6.5.

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