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5200f - Synthetic Biology MSc

Synthetic Biology MSc

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Start in: September 2021

This course provides you with a balance of molecular biology, engineering, computing and modelling skills necessary for a career in synthetic biology.

Overview

As the field of synthetic biology grows, computational design of biological systems is important. It allows the construction of complex and large biological systems.

This Synthetic Biology master's specialises in computational design. Laboratory approaches to engineering biological systems are also a major focus. The course provides you with essential computing and engineering skills. You'll learn to develop software to program biological systems.

 

We've designed this Synthetic Biology master's 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. It is ideal if you are aiming for careers in industry or academia.

We provide a unique, multidisciplinary experience that is essential for understanding synthetic biology. The programme draws together the highly-rated teaching and research expertise from:

  • Computing Science
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Biology
  • the Medical Faculty
  • the Institute of Human Genetics

Research is a large component of this course. The emphasis is on delivering the research training you will need in the future to meet the demands of industry and academia. Newcastle's research in life sciences, computing and mathematics is internationally recognised.

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What you'll learn

You'll take compulsory modules (70 credits) and optional modules (20 credits). This is followed by a six-month individual project that may be taken within the University or with a bioinformatics or pharmaceutical company (90 credits).

Optional modules enable you to tailor your degree to either a computational/numerical theme or a more biologically oriented theme.

Modules

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 future

Placements

Students have a unique opportunity to complete a work placement with one of our industrial partners as part of their projects.

Previous students have found placements with organisations including:

  • NHS Business Services Authority
  • Waterstons
  • Metropolitan Police
  • Accenture
  • IBM
  • Network Rail
  • Nissan
  • GSK

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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.

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All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body

Facilities

The School of Computing is based in the £58million Urban Sciences Building, a flagship development located on the £350m Newcastle Helix regeneration site in the heart of Newcastle. It brings together:

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2021 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

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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  • living costs
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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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Admissions Secretary
School of Computing
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 2736
Email: Computing.Admissions@ncl.ac.uk

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