UCL students graduating

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.

Undergraduate programmes

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.

Postgraduate Masters programmes

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.

Postgraduate prospectus
MSc Entry points

The MSc in Biochemical Engineering has three different entry points as shown in the diagram, below:

MSc diagram

PhD and EngD Research Degrees


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.

PhD Project for September 2014 start available!

Title: A multi-stage microfluidic platform for the generation and differentiation of induced pluripotent stem cells (IPS-chip).

Abstract: Since their first derivation in 2006 induced pluripotent stems (IPS) cells have proven to be one of the most exciting discoveries in modern science. We now have the ability to make any cell in the adult human body by reprogramming cells from a simple skin biopsy.  Like many stem cell processes traditional laboratory equipment lacks the control and monitoring required to efficiently and robustly reprogram cells into the pluripotent state. The Veraitch and Szita laboratories have been collaborating for some years on controlled, continually monitored microfluidic bioreactors for the expansion and directed differentiation of pluripotent stem cells. The aim of this project will be to develop a new microfluidic bioreactor for the reprogramming of fibroblasts into IPS cells. It will establish the best operating conditions and use non-invasive imaging to monitor the reprogramming process. The long term goal will be use the new bioreactor as the front end to multi-step microfluidic process capable of reprograming fibroblasts, expanding the resultant IPS cells before directing their differentiation into clinically relevant and scientifically interesting cell types.

Duration: 4 years

For more details please contact Dr Farlan Veraitch

You can apply through the PRISM application system.

Further information concerning the Bioprocessing Leadership Engineering Doctorate is available at the IDTC centre's pages.

Postraduate prospectus

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