Bioprocess Engineering Leadership MRes + EngD

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The mission of the UCL Industrial Collaborative Training Centre in Bioprocess Engineering Leadership (IDTC) is to develop the next generation of international bioindustry leaders. This IDTC is an industrially focused research degree and each Research Engineer carries out an original research project.

An Engd in Bioprocess Engineering Leadership is ideal for engineers who intend to work in the bioprocess industry, or who have yet to decide between an academic or industrial career. Research projects are created in collaboration with industry partners meaning that the results of each EngD programme have an immediate positive impact on real-world problems that have been identified by our sponsoring companies.

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IRIS department: Dept of Biochemical Engineering

Entry requirements

A UK Master’s degree, or a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree, in a relevant discipline, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English level expected: Standard


Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.


  • UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
  • Overseas Full-time: £20,900


EPSRC four-year MRes + EngD awards are available.

Scholarships available for this department

CSC-UCL Joint Research Scholarship

Funding offered by UCL and the China Scholarships Council (CSC) aims to expand the educational, cultural and technological cooperation between the UK and China.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website


Recent graduates have taken up academic posts at UCL, Cancer Research UK and Cambridge University. Others have entered professional occupations within organisations such as GlaxoSmithKline, Lonza, MedImmune, Biopharm Services and UCB Pharma. Several have even founded or co-founded new Biotechnology start-up companies (e.g. Synthace and Puridify).


The centre’s close connection with all of its sponsors ensures that the taught elements equip our research engineers with leading-edge skillsets that will enable them to tackle the next generation of bioprocess challenges beyond the scope of their original EngD research project. Our REs graduate with the broad technical knowledge, business understanding and personal development skills needed to become the senior research managers of the future.


All PhD and EngD students will be participants in Research Centres established at UCL Biochemical Engineering. All students participate in the Modular Training for the Bioprocess Industries Programme (MBI) which is also attended by company delegates, and also by industrial guest speakers. These events provide exposure to key industry contacts. Research students are also expected to attend at least one major international conference with the aim of promoting their work.

Next steps


Dr Paul Dalby

T: +44 (0)20 7679 2962


Biochemical Engineering

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Prospectus subject

Biochemical Engineering

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