Newcastle University: Biotechnology and Biodesign MRes

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Department School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
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Study type Research


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

About this course Advances in biotechnology, computing, and laboratory automation are being coupled with design thinking approaches to engineer biological systems that 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 and for those looking for successful careers in the biotechnology industry.

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

You'll gain the skills allowing you to address critical global challenges in: sustainability food security the environment healthcare

What you'll learn Throughout the course, you will 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

Your development You will cover the foundational principles of design thinking in the context of biodesign. You will 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 will be based within the Centre for Biological Systems Engineering and the Plant and Microbial Biology research group. You’ll participate in research group meetings and the seminar programme within the School. The group has a large cohort of PhD students, allowing you to experience a research-intensive study environment.

Newcastle University has long-standing and successful participation in the iGEM competition, dating from 2008. Team members are drawn from a range of undergraduate and Master’s programmes. You will have the opportunity to develop your skills further through: Collaborative working with research groups within the University Collaboration with local biotechnology companies and university spin-outs Field trips to local biotechnology firms.

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