By the end of the programme you will have gained:
- a strong background knowledge in the fields underlying synthetic biology and biotechnology
- an understanding of the limitations and public concerns regarding the nascent field of synthetic biology including a thorough examination of the philosophical, legal, ethical and social issues surrounding the area
- the ability to approach the technology transfer problem equipped with the skills to analyse the problem in scientific and practical terms
- an understanding of how biotechnology relates to real-world biological problems
- the ability to think about the future development of research, technology, its implementation and its implications
- a broad understanding of research responsibility including the requirement for rigorous and robust testing of theories and the need for honesty and integrity in experimental reporting and reviewing
You will enhance your career prospects by acquiring current, marketable knowledge and developing advanced analytical and presentational skills, within the social and intellectual sphere of a leading European university.
The School of Biological Sciences offers a research-rich environment in which you can develop as a scientist and entrepreneur.
You will learn through a variety of activities, including:
- discussion groups and project groups
- problem-based learning activities
You will attend problem-based tutorial sessions and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor or programme director.
You will carry out research at the frontier of knowledge and can make a genuine contribution to the progress of original research. This involves carrying out project work in reviewing relevant papers, analysing data, writing reports and giving presentations.