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Systems & Synthetic Biology (MSc/PgDip)


Course Description

Programme description

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.

Programme structure

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.

Compulsory courses:

Applications of Synthetic Biology
Dissertation project
Information Processing in Biological Cells
Practical Systems Biology
Social Dimensions of Systems and Synthetic Biology
Tools for Synthetic Biology

Option courses:

Biobusiness
Biochemistry
Bioinformatics Algorithms
Bioinformatics Programming & System Management
Biological Physics
Computational Cognitive Neuroscience
Drug Discovery
Economics & Innovation in the Biotechnology Industry
Environmental Gene Mining & Metagenomics
Functional Genomic Technologies
Gene Expression & Microbial Regulation
Industry & Entrepreneurship in Biotechnology
Introduction to Scientific Programming
Molecular Phylogenetics
Neural Computation
Next Generation Genomics
Practical Skills in Biochemistry
Probabilistic Modelling and Reasoning
Statistics and Data Analysis
Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine

Career opportunities

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.

Visit the Systems & Synthetic Biology (MSc/PgDip) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

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.

Course Fees

For 2016-17: £13,000 (Home/EU) , £25,900(Overseas)


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