Synthetic Biology

Master of Science; tuition language: English

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Synthetic biology uses an engineering approach to endow biological cells with new molecular functions. The English-taught master’s degree program of Synthetic Biology incorporates current findings in molecular biology as well as engineering and materials science. It is the first degree program that directly address the interdisciplinary approach of synthetic biology and optimally prepares students for this exciting new research and professional field.

There is an emphasis on laboratory-based work using a wide range of modern methodologies and techniques. In addition, you will develop an understanding of mathematical modelling of biological systems and the application of engineering principles to solve biological problems.

This degree program does not stop by teaching scientific knowledge. You will gain the ability to think creatively and innovatively and to work independently. Through our strong focus on practical experience and research, you will be able to transfer your theoretical knowledge into practice and develop your own projects. This project work is completed with training in intercultural and scientific communication.

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Course Catalogue

Departmental information on the programme

Department of Biology

Centre for Synthetic Biology

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Semesters 4 semesters
Language English. Individual courses can be offered in German. Please be aware that scientific literature is be read and edited also in German.
Start of studies Start of studies : winter semester
Internship programme-internal internship (see Semester Course Schedule)
Admission Applying with international qualifications (language requirements, application deadlines): International Admission
Requirements for admission to the Master’s Degree programme consist of a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the Technical University of Darmstadt (benchmark degree) or an equivalent degree. Admission to the Master’s Degree programme may also depend on additional requirements. Specific degree entrance requirements may be found here and in the competences description.
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Preparatory courses for international students
Part-time studies
Doctoral Studies

The Master’s degree programme prepares graduates for careers in industry or in university-external research institutes (research, development and production in the pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries), and also to undertake an individual research project as part of a doctoral programme.

Potential career areas for master in synthetic biology include, for example: Life sciences and biotechnology and here especially emerging technology fields within the bioeconomy such as gene therapy, medical technology, biosensors, bioinformatics and data analytics. Potential career areas also include science journalism, administrative or expert activities and consulting, for example in technology assessment, genetic engineering, patenting and biosafety.

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