Skip to main content

Biotechnology and Biodesign MRes

Our MRes provides a foundation into how design and engineering approaches are used in the creation of new biotechnological processes and products.

You are currently viewing course information for entry year:

Start date(s):

  • September 2024


Advances in biotechnology, computing, and laboratory automation are being coupled with design thinking approaches and engineer biological systems.

These may produce more sustainable products than traditional manufacturing. Examples include:

  • the production of synthetic meat substitutes
  • dairy-free milk
  • adaptive building materials
  • petroleum-replacement products
  • designer antimicrobial compounds
  • smart drug delivery systems

Our Biotechnology and Biodesign MRes:

  • provides a foundation in design thinking approaches
  • covers recent developments in applied biotechnology
  • provides an opportunity to develop and refine your laboratory skills
  • provides the opportunity to develop your own research project

The training forms an excellent foundation for students opting to follow a research-orientated career path. It also opens up opportunities for successful careers in the biotechnology industry

The course is interdisciplinary. You'll be suitable for this course if you are a science graduate and are looking to develop your knowledge and research skills.

You'll gain the skills to address critical global challenges in:

  • sustainability
  • food security
  • the environment
  • healthcare


Important information

We've highlighted important information about your course. Please take note of any deadlines.

What you'll learn

Throughout the course, you'll gain an advanced understanding of:

  • scientific concepts and practices that underpin industrial biotechnology
  • principles of design thinking and project design
  • scientific concepts of the role of recombinant DNA technology in both fundamental research and applied technology
  • the role of microorganisms in the search and discovery of commercially significant natural products
  • the role of biotechnology in agriculture and commercial enterprise
  • control and modelling concepts and their application in bioprocessing systems
  • statistical concepts and theory and their application in process engineering
  • advanced practical skills in molecular biological techniques, handling microorganisms and data analysis


You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

How you'll learn

Your development

You'll cover the foundational principles of design thinking in the context of biodesign. You'll also develop skills in:

  • handling microorganisms and plants
  • molecular biology techniques
  • data analysis
  • preparation of research proposals and product pitches
  • laboratory automation

During the MRes, you’ll participate in research group meetings and the seminar programme within the school. You'll join a large cohort of PhD students, allowing you to experience a research-intensive study environment.

Your future

Our Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


The School of Natural and Environmental Sciences has an outstanding range of facilities to support our research and teaching including:

  • fully equipped teaching and research laboratories
  • lab scale fermentation of novel biological compounds
  • mini bio-foundry with commercial and open-source laboratory robotics
  • fabrication laboratory with 3D printers, electronics, and laser cutters
  • access to bioinformatics software, GPU computing, and literature resources

Find out more about the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences 

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

Find out more about:

Search for funding

Find funding available for your course

Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

Download our admissions policy (PDF: 201KB)
Other policies related to admissions

Credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can allow you to convert existing relevant university-level knowledge, skills and experience into credits towards a qualification. Find out more about the RPL policy which may apply to this course

How to apply

Using the application portal

The application portal has instructions to guide you through your application. It will tell you what documents you need and how to upload them.

You can choose to start your application, save your details and come back to complete it later.

If you’re ready, you can select Apply Online and you’ll be taken directly to the application portal.

Alternatively you can find out more about applying on our applications and offers pages.

Apply Online  

Open days and events

You'll have a number of opportunities to meet us throughout the year including:

  • campus tours
  • on-campus open days
  • virtual open days
  • webinars

Find out about how you can visit Newcastle in person and virtually

Overseas events

We regularly travel overseas to meet with students interested in studying at Newcastle University.

Visit our events calendar for the latest events

Get in touch

Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

Academic Secretary
School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5498


For more general enquiries you could also complete our online enquiry form.

Fill in our enquiry form

Live chat

Our Ncl chatbot might be able to give you an answer straight away. If not, it’ll direct you to someone who can help.

You'll find our Ncl chatbot in the bottom right of this page.

Keep updated

We regularly send email updates and extra information about the University.

Receive regular updates by email

Chat to a student

Chat online with current students with our Unibuddy platform.

Chat to a student

Social media 

Get involved with the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences social media