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:
lectures workshops presentations laboratory work field work tutorials seminars 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.
Practical Systems Biology Applications of Synthetic Biology Tools for Synthetic Biology Social Dimensions of Systems & Synthetic Biology Environmental Gene Mining & Metagenomics Research Project Proposal MSc Project and Dissertation
Introduction to Scientific Programming Commercial Aspects of Drug Discovery Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine Biological Physics Biochemistry Enzymology & Biological Production Next Generation Genomics Machine Learning & Pattern Recognition Drug Discovery Biophysical Chemistry Bioinformatics Programming & System Management Economics & Innovation in the Biotechnology Industry BioBusiness; Molecular Modelling & Database Mining Industry & Entrepreneurship Practical Skills in Biochemistry Functional Genomic Technologies Information Processing in Biological Cells Data Mining & Exploration Intelligent Agriculture Gene Expression & Microbial Regulation Bioinformatics Principles of Industrial Biotechnology
By the end of the programme you will have gained:
a strong background knowledge in the fields underlying synthetic biology and biotechnology an understanding of the limitations and public concerns regarding the nascent field of synthetic biology including a thorough examination of the philosophical, legal, ethical and social issues surrounding the area the ability to approach the technology transfer problem equipped with the skills to analyse the problem in scientific and practical terms an understanding of how biotechnology relates to real-world biological problems the ability to conduct practical experimentation in synthetic biology and biotechnology the ability to think about the future development of research, technology, its implementation and its implications a broad understanding of research responsibility including the requirement for rigorous and robust testing of theories and the need for honesty and integrity in experimental reporting and reviewing
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.
Students should hold a UK university undergraduate degree, or its international equivalent (usually at least a 2:1 honours degree or its equivalent). You are expected to possess a strong background in one or more of the following areas: biotechnology, biochemistry, molecular biology and the related sciences. Engineering – particularly bio-engineering, physics, mathematics or other backgrounds – will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.
For 2016-17: £13,000 (Home/EU) , £25,900(Overseas)
Recipient: University of Edinburgh
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