The UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering offers world-leading programmes at undergraduate, masters, doctoral and post-experience levels. These are underpinned by international class research and exceptionally strong industrial links. We place equal priority on both taught and research elements.
We take great pride in the success of our alumni, now enjoying successful careers in over 30 countries. Student destinations for UCL Biochemical Engineering graduates include major international employers in biotechnology, food production, pharmaceuticals and environmental/chemical industries.
UCL Biochemical Engineering Alumni are responsible for major advances such as processes for a first Hepatitis A vaccine and for a first medicine for the major killer, septic shock.
The Department has pioneered parallel training on innovation and enterprise to prepare our skilled graduates for a fast moving world.
BEng in Biochemical Engineering
Developing innovation to create new medicines, biofuels and environmental management tools is essential to meet the global challenges of tomorrow. If you are interested in meeting these challenges, then Biochemical Engineering at UCL is for you. This broad-based, flexible programme provides opportunities to follow a wide range of careers in this rapidly developing sector.
MEng in Biochemical Engineering
This four-year programme builds upon the Biochemical Engineering BEng. It provides additional opportunities to acquire hands-on practical research experience and advanced design skills relating to new challenges such as the design of processes to deliver novel stem cell therapies.
BSc in Bioprocessing of New Medicines
This is a three year course for those who wish to develop their understanding of the latest biomedical and translational technologies required for new medicines and their commercialisation. Two options are offered.
The first, Business and Management Stream, develops an understanding of the latest biomedical and diagnostic advances, together with the business skills necessary for health and clinical research management. The second, Science and Engineering Stream, focuses on the early stage development of new medicines, such as stem cell, new vaccines and potential therapies related to healthcare.
MRes in Synthetic Biology
This MRes programme aims to train students in the fast-growing area of Synthetic Biology, a discipline which takes the knowledge and understanding we now have of the individual parts of biological systems and uses them in a defined way to design and build novel artificial biological systems.
MSc in Biochemical Engineering
This MSc analyses how advances in the life sciences can effectively be translated into real outcomes of benefit to all. Close links with the research activities of the Advanced Centre for Biochemical Engineering ensure that lecture and case study examples are built around the latest biological discoveries and bioprocessing technologies.
MSc Entry points
The MSc in Biochemical Engineering has three different entry points as shown in the diagram, below:
The department offers a range of research degree opportunities; many supported by BBSRC awards, and by industrial sponsors. Typically eight to ten new PhD positions are offered each year. The projects draw upon the expertise within the department and the multidisciplinary research linkages of the Advanced Centre for Biochemical Engineering.
Many of the PhD projects are collaborative with leading bioindustry companies. These external links, and close involvement with the Centre’s research team, provide the foundation for producing much sought after doctoral graduates.
To apply online use the PRISM link below.
The department has been selected as the recipient of an annual EPSRC-supported allocation of ten Bioprocess Leadership Engineering Doctorates. Each EngD programme is of four calendar years’ duration; with up to half of the time spent with the host company which also sponsors the researcher. This gives the researchers unprecedented opportunities to explore novel science and engineering in a process and business context relevant to future leadership roles in the bioindustry.
Given the levels of company sponsorship negotiated by the department the stipends received by the EngD researchers are, in many cases, equivalent to graduate starting salaries in industry.
To apply online use the PRISM link below.
EngD Project for January 2014 start available!
Title: Process development for recovery and purification of exosomes for regenerative therapy
Introduction: Lipid-based biologic material called exosomes have been recovered from spent media following culture of a novel cell line that shows clinical promise for treatment of ischemic stroke. The cells are cultured under GMP conditions and the exosome product has been demonstrated to induce substantial functional capacity to accelerate wound repopulation in experimental wound healing models in vitro. However, the options for recovery and purification of exosomes have to date not been explored. As nanoplex materials, purification will likely require non-standard process options typically reserved for similar sized biologic products such as virus-like particles. We will apply a systematic approach to purification of the exosome material and conduct subsequent validation to confirm potency in functional wound healing assays.
Aim: To develop process understanding and achieve optimization of a purification process for high-purity recovery of exosome material from a regenerative cell product.
For inquiries please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information concerning the Bioprocessing Leadership Engineering Doctorate is available at the IDTC centre's pages.
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