University of Edinburgh
College of Science and Engineering
MSc in Systems and Synthetic Biology
MSc in Synthetic Biology and Biotechnology
Our programme is a route into a cutting edge area of biology, supported by world-class research facilities and a cross-disciplinary approach.
This interdisciplinary MSc is part of a portfolio of postgraduate programmes from the School of Biological Sciences, offering students an exceptionally broad choice of courses across several Schools.
Our School of Biological Sciences is the largest school of Biology in the UK and the School of Informatics is ranked the fourth best in the world (THES - Reuters Ranking Annual Review 2008/2009).
Leading the Way in a New Discipline
Our programme is an opportunity to train in a leading edge area of Biology, that of the systematic and rational application of engineering principles to the understanding and design of biological networks. We study unicellular models such as baker’s yeast and bacteria, all the way through to multi-cellular systems including mammals.
Using and Developing New Technology
You will gain knowledge of the primary design principles and biotechnology tools being developed in systems and synthetic biology, such as:
•genome-wide, high-throughput genetic or cell-based screens
•the use of “Bio-Bricks” to create novel biological outputs
World-leading research facilities
The University’s new centre, SynthSys, is a hub for world-leading research in both systems and synthetic biology. SynthSys brings together the expertise required for pioneering interdisciplinary research with the management needed to translate this research into commercial applications.
International Student Requirements:
If English is not your first language, you must be able to meet the minimum standards that are set out by the College and recommended by the University.
As much of the programme involves giving presentations and writing up research quickly, we would strongly recommend that your language skills exceed the minimum requirements. For the demands of this programme we would suggest IELTS 7.0 or a TOEFL-iBT of 100.
You can find further information on specific conditions and exemptions, as well as suitable forms of documentation, on the International students website.
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Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)