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Engineering Biology in Cambridge


The vigorous development of Systems and Synthetic Biology constitutes a huge challenge that must be met both from the research and education perspectives. mSSB represents the first step towards nurturing a new brand of researchers and engineers to face up to the challenge.

The aim of mSSB is to provide students from the Life Sciences, Mathematics, Engineering, Chemistry, Physical and Computer Sciences a mean to fruitfully engage in collaborative work across disciplinary boundaries, with applications in Systems & Synthetic Biology. Students undertaking the course will gain hands-on experience in experimental Biology, modelling and designing. They will also enhance transversal capacities including planning a project, giving a seminar, perceiving the industrial, economical and ethical issues associated with these developing fields.


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Added values of mSSB

  • A+ appreciation by AERES (French quality assurance evaluation agency)
  • The first Master 2 in France teaching Synthetic Biology
  • Scientific environment:
    • Paris region, the first European R&D concentration;
    • Genopole® of Evry, the leading French Biopark, with 21 academic laboratories and 71 biotech companies
    • U. Paris-Saclay
    • Excellent research facilities offered on-site
    • World-class research training laboratories
  • International environment
  • Limited number of stipends offered to foreign students
  • First row seat in the international Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition
  • Partnership with AgroParisTech, Telecom SudParis, SupBiotech and U. of Freiburg (Germany)

mSSB is part of:


1st SEMESTER (September to January)

Students must attend three compulsory modules and three elective modules chosen among six, for a total of 30 European Credits (ECTS). The courses proposed in each module are described bellow.

2nd SEMESTER (February to July)

Research training

A 6–months training will take place in one of the cutting-edge academic laboratories or biotechnology companies located on site and abroad, in Europe and the US.

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Entrance qualifications

Applicants may come from Universities or from Engineering schools.

  • After a first year of master (M1), or an equivalent qualification (4 years of successful higher education after finishing high-school), in either Biology, applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Chemistry or Physics.
  • Bi-disciplinary cursus including biology is favoured, but highly-achieving and motivated students in any of the cited disciplines can apply.
  • Excellent English proficiency is required.

see former mSSB students main discipline studied before mSSB.