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MSc Biochemical Engineering

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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.

Key Information

Key Information

Modes and duration
  • Full-time: 1 year
Programme start date
September 2016
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
UK/EU:
£11,090 (FT)
Overseas:
£23,440 (FT)
Application deadlines
All applicants
Open: 5 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.

Entry Requirements

Normal entry requirements are at least a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or the equivalent from an approved overseas institution. Candidates offering recent industrial experience are also encouraged to apply. As with any engineering discipline numeracy skills are important for the quantitative description of biological and physical phenomena. Evidence of numerical ability is requested as either an A level in Mathematics (or in exceptional cases, in Physics) or some mathematics studied at university. The department provides mathematics tutoring for Master's students throughout the year adjusted to a candidate's ability.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Application

Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

Graduate scientists holding qualifications in applied biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, chemistry, microbiology, pharmacy or other related subjects will find this programme suitable. Applications from graduate engineers are normally from candidates holding qualifications in chemical engineering, process engineering or other related subjects. For the graduate biochemical engineering pathway applicants will have a degree in the field for closely related subject.

Application deadlines
All applicants
29 July 2016

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
  • why you want to study Biochemical Engineering at graduate level
  • why you want to study Biochemical Engineering at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic, professional and personal background meets the demands of a challenging programme. We are particularly interested in any individual or group research project that you have undertaken.
  • how will the MSc help you in your future career aspirations
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Summary

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Biochemical Engineering is the largest of its kind in the UK. Our graduate programmes are internationally recognised and draw on advances in life sciences and the core discipline of biochemical engineering.

We maintain close teaching and research links with other highly-rated UCL departments and with experts from other departments throughout the UK and overseas, and are also involved in exceptionally close collaborations with industry.

The content of the MSc programmes is closely linked to the department’s post-experience MBI® Training Programme. Scientists and engineers already working in the bioindustry participate in the MBI® programme to update their knowledge on particular aspects of biochemical engineering, or to work towards a Master’s qualification. Delegates from nearly 200 companies have benefited from such training and sit alongside the full-time Master’s students for a number of the programme elements while over 50 leading industrialists contribute to the teaching activities. Industrialists engaged upon MBI® training activities come from all over the world providing unique networking opportunities.

Student / staff ratios › 51 staff including 31 postdocs › 49 taught students › 121 research students

Department: Biochemical Engineering

(student/staff ratios correct for 2015/2016) 

Degree Structure

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme offers three different pathways (for graduate scientists, engineers, or biochemical engineers) and consists of core taught modules and a research or design project. 

Science Stream

(Designed for students with a degree in another Engineering discipline)

CORE MODULES
 
BENGG004 Advanced Bioreactor Engineering
(15 credits)
BENGG0005 Integrated Downstream Processing
(15 credits)
BENGG022 Sustainable Industrial Bioprocesses and Biorefineries
(15 credits)
BENGG029 Fundamental Biosciences
(15 credits)
BENGGR98 Dissertation on Bioprocess Research
(90 credits)
 
OPTION A (Choose one)
 
BENGG006 Commercialisation and Bioprocess Research
(15 credits)
BENGG007 Bioprocess Management – Discovery to Manufacture
(15 credits)
BENGG023 Bioprocess Systems Engineering
(15 credits)
BENGG026 Bioprocess Validation and Quality Control
(15 credits)
BENGG027 Bioprocess Microfluidics
(15 credits)
BENGG028 Vaccine Bioprocess Development
(15 credits)
OPTION B (Choose one)
 
BENGGB03 Applied Cell and Molecular Biology
(15 credits)
BENGG024 Cell Therapy Biology, Bioprocessing and Clinical Translation
(15 credits)

Engineering Stream

(Designed for students with a related Science or Life-Sciences degree)

CORE MODULES
 
BENGG001 Bioprocess Synthesis and Process Mapping
(15 credits)
BENGG004 Advanced Bioreactor Engineering
(15 credits)
BENGG005 Integrated Downstream Processing
(15 credits)
BENGG006 Commercialisation and Bioprocess Research
(15 credits)
BENGG016 Fluid Flow and Mixing in Bioprocesses
(15 credits)
BENGG017 Heat and Mass Transfer in Bioprocesses
(15 credits)
BENGG024 Cell Therapy Biology, Bioprocessing and Clinical Translation
(15 credits)
BENGG026 Bioprocess Validation and Quality Control
(15 credits)
BENGGD99 Dissertation on Bioprocess Design
(60 credits)
 

Biochemical Engineering Stream

(Designed for students with a degree in Biochemical Engineering)

CORE MODULES
 
BENGG022 Sustainable Industrial Bioprocesses and Biorefineries
(15 credits)
BENGG023 Bioprocess Systems Engineering
(15 credits)
BENGG024 Cell Therapy Biology, Bioprocessing and Clinical Translation
(15 credits)
BENGG025 Industrial Synthetic Biology
(15 credits)
BENGG026 Bioprocess Validation and Quality Control
(15 credits)
BENGG098 Bioprocess Research Project
(60 credits)
OPTIONS (Choose three)
 
BENGG007 Bioprocess Management – Discovery to Manufacture
(15 credits)
BENGG027 Bioprocess Microfluidics
(15 credits)
BENGG028 Vaccine Bioprocess Development
(15 credits)
CENGG019 Advanced Safety and Loss Prevention
(15 credits)
CENGG020 Energy Systems and Sustainability
(15 credits)
MSING001 Project Management
(15 credits)

Career

Careers

The first destinations of those who graduate from the Master's programme in Biochemical Engineering reflect the highly relevant nature of the training delivered. UCL biochemical engineers are in demand, due to their breadth of expertise, numerical ability and problem solving skills.

Approximately three-quarters of candidates elect to take up employment in the relevant biotechnology industries while the remainder follow careers in the management, financial or engineering design sectors.

Approximately half of those who choose the bioindustry sector will undertake PhD or EngD programmes in biochemical engineering either at UCL or other universities before commencing their industrial careers.

Top career destinations for this degree
  • Academic Teacher, Uthman Dan Fodiyo University
  • Process Analyst and Design Engineer, Maple Leaf
  • Biomedical Engineer, 3M
  • EngD Research Engineer, UCL
  • Product Manager, Bio Pharma Services
Employability

The department places great emphasis on its ability to assist its graduates in taking up exciting careers in the sector. UCL alumni, together with the department’s links with industrial groups, provide an excellent source of leads for graduates. Over 1,000 students have graduated from UCL with graduate qualifications in biochemical engineering at Master’s or doctoral levels. Many have gone on to distinguished and senior positions in the international bioindustry. Others have followed independent academic careers in universities around the world. A few examples of our latest graduates are given here.

Routes

Three distinct MSc degree programmes are offered:

  • MSc in Biochemical Engineering – for graduate scientists
  • MSc in Biochemical Engineering – for graduate engineers
  • MSc in Biochemical Engineering - for graduate biochemical engineers  



All programmes provide students with the opportunity to understand how advances in the life sciences can most effectively be translated into real outcomes of benefit to all. Close linkage of the Master’s programmes with the research activities of the Advanced Centre for Biochemical Engineering (ACBE) ensures that lecture and case study examples are built around the very latest biological discoveries and bioprocessing technologies. Examples include the production, processing and formulation of plasmid DNA for applications in gene therapy and the rational engineering of bacterial metabolic pathways for the production of novel antibiotics to overcome the growing problem of microbial resistance.