Education & Outreach

Education and Training

The ECSB initiated the development of international curricula in synthetic biology that has become a fully operational programme. We have established innovative Master’s and PhD programs in synthetic biology, led by program director Ilona Faustova and prof. Mart Loog in close collaboration with the molecular biology and engineering laboratories within the centre. The labour needs and expectations of industry are currently being identified and taken into account in the curricula building process.


The international three-year Bachelor’s programme includes innovative content and comprises selected parts of what is currently taught at the Faculty of Science and Technology. It provides a broad overview of natural and exact sciences and technologies with the aim to cover different inter-disciplinary fields involved in various aspects of synthetic biology. Students can choose to pursue a combined specialization in:

  • genetics and biotechnology
  • bioengineering and robotics
  • chemistry and materials science.

A new international Master’s program “Bioengineering” will be launched in autumn 2019. At the Masters, and also PhD level, the students can focus on more narrow fields of synthetic biology such as bioengineering, industrial bioprocessing, nano- and micromedicine, and biomaterials. The Master’s program aims for active collaboration with biotech industry involving activities such as industry-sponsored practical courses and industrial internships.