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Course structure

The programme contains the following elements.

1. Compulsory taught class

A course on “principles of biotechnology” (32 lectures) will be taught in Michaelmas term. It will include lectures on cell biology, synthetic biology, systems biology, and bioanalytical techniques. This course will count as two modules.

2. Compulsory practical class

A compulsory laboratory course on fundamental techniques in biotechnology will be taught in Michaelmas term. It is planned that this includes computer-based cloning experiments (6 hours), wet-laboratory experiments (10 hours), and practical demonstration sessions (12 × 2½ hours). The practical demonstration sessions will expose students to advanced biotechnology techniques such as liquid-phase chromatography, cell transfection with fluorescent proteins, AFM, mass spectrometry, NMR, optical microscopy.

3. Optional modules

Students will select six modules from a list chosen from new and existing MEng and MPhil courses within the Department and University. The following is a possible list of optional modules:

  • Bionanotechnology (CEB)
  • Biophysics (CEB)
  • Healthcare biotechnology (CEB)
  • Optical microscopy (CEB)
  • Biosensors (CEB/CUED)
  • Biomimetics (CUED)
  • Molecular modelling (CUED)
  • Cellular & molecular biomechanics (CUED)
  • Systems biology (DAMTP)
  • Synthetic and executable biology (Biochemistry)

The list of available modules will be published by Notice in the Reporter in the Easter Term preceding the course.

4. Research components

The following is a list of the research components of the course.

  • Individual Research Project (January-May). These projects will be hosted within one of the participating departments.
  • Team Research Project (June-August). This project involves the whole cohort undertaking a research project set by an industrial company.

5. Skills components

There will be a series of compulsory workshops on transferable skills and on research skills.