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Biochemical Engineering MPhil/PhD

The UCL Advanced Centre for Biochemical Engineering trains bioprocess engineering leaders of the future who will underpin the translation of new scientific advances into safe, selective and manufacturable therapies for often currently intractable conditions, but at affordable costs.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 3 years
  • Part-time: 5 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
Overseas:
£21,530 (FT) £10,765 (PT)

Application deadlines

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.

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 language requirement: Standard

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.

International equivalencies

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

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Funding

The Bioprocessing Graduate Scholarship is available to students resident outside the UK and pursuing MPhil/PhD research. Contact the department for details.

Brown Family Bursary

Value:
£15,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective full-time Master's students within the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Science and Mathematical & Physical Sciences.

Brown Family Bursary

Value:
£15,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective full-time Master's students within the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Science and Mathematical & Physical Sciences.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Nuclear Decommisioning Authortiy, Chemical Engineering, 2009,
  • TAP Biosystems, Bioprocess Product Specialist, 2010,
  • Sartorius Stedim Biotech, US, Project Manager for Virus and Contaminant Clearance, 2010,
  • Merck Pharmaceuticals, Biochemical Engineer, 2010,
  • Merck Biosciences (USA), Biochemical Engineer, 2011,
  • Scripps Research Institute (USA), Postdoctoral Research, 2010,
  • Cambridge University, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2010,

Employability

The department places great emphasis on its ability to assist its Research Degree graduates in taking up exciting careers in the sector. Research Centres in the Department of Biochemical Engineering, such as the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing, are partnered with over 80 UK and global companies in total, and provide an extensive network to all major companies in the sector.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Our EPSRC and BBSRC funded PhD programme delivers a unique national capability for training the next generation of highly skilled future leaders and researchers for the UK biopharmaceutical and healthcare biotechnology sectors. They will be capable of translating new scientific advances both in manufacturing technologies and new classes of macromolecular products, into safely produced, more selective therapies for currently intractable conditions at affordable costs.

PhD students at UCL gain access to internationally leading facilities including:

  • EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Emergent Macromolecular Therapies
  • The Advanced Centre for Biochemical Engineering, including a £25m pilot plant
  • Centre for Microbiochemical Engineering
  • Synthetic Biology Laboratory
  • Biophysical Analysis Facility
  • Regenerative Medicines Bioprocessing Facility
  • Responsive Bioprocessing Facility
  • Vaccines Bioprocessing Facility

All PhD students are embedded within the vibrant research community at UCL and are regularly networked with internationally leading industry collaborators via Centre events.

Student / staff ratios › 19 staff › 25 taught students › 96 research students

Department: Biochemical Engineering

Degree reviews

Student review

"Attending seminars organised by our department also provides good networking; speakers are invited from different universities as well as from industry and I've met some very interesting people in the field. I feel like there are so many options open to me."

Alice Mazzer

Subject: Biochemical Engineering PhD

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?

Application deadlines

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.

For more information see our Applications page.

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