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Engineering Biology

Engineering biology employs principles from engineering to dissect and manipulate biological systems. In doing so, it aims to create new products and services through novel technologies to deliver socio-economic benefits to societies around the world. Specifically, engineering biology provides the methodology of developing and testing engineered biological systems. Such methods could be used to design new materials, take care of harmful chemicals, generate energy, supply food, and hence contribute to maintaining and enhancing human health and protect the environment. Commercialisation of fundamental research through translational projects helps industries to develop customised, environmentally friendly and cheaper facilities to overcome global or local disparities within societies.

 While engineering biology covers different topics including biomechanics, biomimetic, tissue manufacturing, genomics and DNA synthetics, the fast development of computing power, data science, machine learning and AI helps to understand more about how complex biological systems work.  In this course, we have prepared a range of topics and ideas to introduce how engineering and biology meet to develop new skills, novel solutions and creative projects to add value to everything we do in our societies. Specific topics related to this module includes:

 Modelling and Simulation (Professor Philippe Young)

 We will explore these topics with different lectures, workshops, seminars, and practical sessions led by world-class researchers from engineering, physics, mathematics, medical and biological sciences. This module aims to give you a broad vision to understand human components’ interactions from nano to mega scales, from cells to brains, from analysing the forces within our feet to do studies about carbon foot-prints of our walking. 

Module at a Glance

Module Title

Engineering biology

Module Code


Module Convenor

Dr Mohammad Akrami

Credit Value

 15 Exeter Credits/7.5 ECTS

Scheduled Teaching

12 x 4 Hour Sessions

Total Module Hours

150 Hours

Guided Independent Study

Pre-Reading Before Arrival
Preparatory readings and recorded files for lectures and seminars
Researching and completing two written assignments


to be confirmed