Taught course

Synthetic Biology and Biotechnology

University of Edinburgh · School of Biological Sciences

Entry requirements

Students should hold a UK university undergraduate degree, or its international equivalent (usually at least a 2:1 honours degree or its equivalent). Students are expected to possess a strong background in one or more of the following areas: biotechnology, biochemistry, molecular biology and the related sciences. Engineering - particularly bio-engineering, physics, mathematics or other backgrounds - will also be considered on a case-by-case basis. If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English. IELTS minimum score IELTS Academic module: 6.5 (with score no lower than 6.0 in each section) Other accepted tests and scores TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (with no score lower than 20 in each section) PTE: 61 (with no score lower than 56 in each section) CPE: Grade C; CAE: Grade B

Months of entry


Course content

This academically challenging and career-developing programme focuses on research and development using biological and chemical principles and systems to create new products, services and industries.

You will employ elements of the developing field of synthetic biology to bring about significant changes and major innovations that address the challenges of rapidly changing human demographics, resource shortages, energy economy transition and the concomitant growth in demand for more and healthier food, sustainable fuel cycles, and a cleaner environment.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

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