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The University of Edinburgh: Systems and Synthetic Biology

Institution The University of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department School of Biological Sciences
Study type Taught


We offer an opportunity to train in one of the newer areas of biology: the application of engineering principles to the understanding, control, and design of biological networks. This approach promises solutions to some of today’s most pressing challenges in environmental protection, human health, and energy production.

The MSc in Systems and Synthetic Biology will provide you with a thorough knowledge of the fundamental principles and biotechnological tools used in systems and synthetic biology, with applications ranging from understanding genome-wide data to designing and synthesising intracellular logic gates. The programme is highly customisable, allowing you to choose courses across the University that match your goals.

You will have the opportunity to perform research, either wet, dry, or both, in a world-leading laboratory. The University hosts SynthSys, one of the country's largest research centres in systems and synthetic biology, and the UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology.


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University of Edinburgh 


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The University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities, consistently ranked in the world top 50, and placed 22nd in the 2024 QS World University Rankings. Our entrepreneurial and cross-disciplinary culture attracts students and staff from across the globe, creating a unique Edinburgh experience. Whatever excites you, whatever your ambition, whatever makes you ‘you’, we know one thing; nothing ordinary comes from this extraordinary place.

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