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Fees and funding
Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website
Research Assessment Rating
Interdisciplinary: not an assessed unit
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly.
Synthetic Biology MRes
This MRes programme aims to train students in the fast-growing area of Synthetic Biology, a discipline which takes the knowledge and understanding we now have of the individual parts of biological systems and uses them in a defined way to design and build novel artificial biological systems.
What will I learn?
Students develop an understanding of the areas that make up Synthetic Biology, which include engineering principles, mathematical modelling, molecular biology, biochemical engineering and chemistry. The programme includes a major research project, training in Research Methods, and provides the necessary skills for the acquisition and critical analysis of primary scientific literature.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
UCL is recognised as one of the world's best research environments within the field of biological and biomedical science.
The Division of Biosciences is in a unique position to offer tuition, research opportunities in internationally recognised laboratories and an appreciation of the multi-disciplinary nature of Synthetic Biology research.
Students on this new MRes programme undertake a major research project where topics can be chosen spanning the expertise in six departments across UCL.
See subject website for more information:
Availability: Full-time 1 year
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three core modules (60 credits) and an extended research project (120 credits).
All students undertake an independent laboratory-based extended research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000–18,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through lectures, seminars and tutorials, combining research-led and skills based courses. The taught courses are assessed by assignments and coursework. The research project is assessed by an oral presentation, submission of a dissertation and is subject to oral examination.
Further details available on subject website:
Entry and application
Normally, a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in biomedical sciences, life sciences or related subject area, or a medical degree (MBBS), or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with an appropriate professional qualification and relevant work experience may also apply.
For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.
How to apply
You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps
The closing date for all applications is 31 July for the year of entry; however, students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Applications beyond this date may be considered but are highly likely to be put on a waiting list. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
The programme aims to attract students from a wide range of science backgrounds in both the physical, engineering, chemical and mathematical sciences as well as graduates from biology based science degrees and train them in this new field, enabling them to transfer these skills to further research, industry and teaching.
Synthetic Biology is a fast growing area of research and will have a major economic and social impact on the global economy in the coming decades. The involvement of engineers, physical scientists, chemists and biologists can create designed cells, enzymes and biological modules that can be combined in a defined manner. These could be used to make complex metabolic pathways for pharmaceuticals, novel hybrid biosensors or novel routes to biofuels. A future integration of biological devices and hybrid devices as components in the electronic industry might lead to a whole new high value industry for structured biological entities.
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