Synthetic Biology MSc

12 months full time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £6,000
International: full time £15,490 part time fees

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

The MSc Synthetic Biology is a one-year advanced Master's programme. It provides core synthetic biology skills with a significant focus on synthetic biology research and will also equip you with the necessary balance of molecular biology, engineering, computing and modelling skills necessary to position yourself ideally for careers in synthetic biology in industry or academia.

The programme 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.


This interdisciplinary programme is based in the School of Computing Science and taught jointly with the Schools of Mathematics and Statistics and Biology, and the Institute of Genetic Medicine.

You take compulsory modules, a research project and optional modules. 

Find out more detailed information about the programme modules

+Entrance Requirements

Normally: an upper-second-class Honours degree in computing science or a maths based subject; a lower-second-class Honours degree in any biological science based subject (such as genetics, biochemistry or biology); or an international equivalent of the qualifications listed. We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with degrees in related subjects not listed above or lower/non-standard qualifications with significant industrial or professional experience.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 90 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

Students should consult their employers for sponsorship opportunities.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

There is no closing date for this programme. However, international students applying for September 2014 entry should apply by Friday 11 July 2014 to ensure that they have time to put appropriate arrangements in place. 

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Admissions Secretary
School of Computing Science
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8072

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Computer Science.