As a biochemical engineer you take laboratory processes and scale them up into large-scale manufacturing, you develop processes to evaluate biomanufacturing operations and generate organisms optimised to produce chemicals and pharmaceuticals. You can work in a wide range of biotechnology industry sectors: pharmaceuticals, food, environment and biorenewables. Your education also equips you to work in the wider chemical and process engineering sectors and in related fields such as finance.
On graduation, you will not only have a strong grounding in the fundamentals and application of bioprocessing, but you will have gained transferable leadership, teamwork and communication skills as well.
You can find more information on your career prospects here:
The department has well established industry contacts and is using these to promote our students. Industry partners can post their opportunities directly with us. You can find the latest job & placement openings here:
The Faculty of Engineering has a
designated careers team. They are
able to give advice on CV writing and job interviews, either in one-to-one
sessions or workshops, offer careers events where you can train your
job-hunting skills or meet industry people, and provide careers consultation. As
well they run a dedicated UCL Talent
Bank service for engineering students.
There are a large number of sites
that give you help and advice on how to apply for jobs. Here are some examples:
Prospect, which is giving career
advice especially for students, and the National
Careers Service, a publicly funded site for general career advice.
The Institution of Chemical Engineers, IChemE, is the professional body that looks after the professional interests of chemical and biochemical engineers in this country. You can get involved already as a student with IChemE on Campus. The IChemE Special Interest Group Biochemical Engineering can be a helpful platform for you to learn about the latest developments in the field and to make valuable contacts. TCE, the IChemE magazine, is a useful source for news, trends and jobs.
Being a chartered engineer gives you an advantage in your career as a biochemical engineer more information can be found here.