Biotechnology and Biodesign MRes

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.
MRes, MRes Award
September Start
Full-time Study Mode
12 months Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

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.

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.

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