Research course

Biotechnology and Biodesign

Newcastle University · School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree or international equivalent in biology, chemistry, or related discipline.

We will also consider your application on an individual basis if you have a degree in a related subject not listed above or a lower/non-standard qualification with significant industrial or professional experience.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

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Information for international students

English Language Requirements: Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills).

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English course.

Fees and funding

See Fees and Funding tab in the Programme information in our online Prospectus.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Academic Secretary
+44 (0) 191 208 5498