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Biochemical Engineering

New discoveries in the field of medicine and science are being made constantly. Transforming these discoveries into benefits such as drug treatments, or improvements in the quality of life, is the job of biochemical engineers, who can integrate science with processes in an affordable and sustainable way.

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Biochemical Engineering

Why study Biochemical Engineering at UCL?

UCL was a founding laboratory in the discipline of biochemical engineering and has pioneered teaching of the subject. The department's Advanced Centre for Biochemical Engineering, a £30 million facility containing state-of-the-art fermentation and downstream processing equipment, facilitates world-class laboratory training on whole pilot-scale bioprocesses.

What you will gain from study at UCL

Our rigorous but flexible programme allows you to take core elements in conjunction with optional modules in which you can focus on underpinning biological science training, an independent research project or process engineering. Our world-class research is used to extend and develop the taught modules.

Teaching and assessment

The programme provides a set of modules for one academic year with lectures, case studies and laboratory activities, each assessed through examination, coursework, or written project report. Admission for a single term/semester is not normally possible.

Modules in Biochemical Engineering

Please note that this guide lists a wide range of popular module options, but it is not exhaustive and some modules may have changed or no longer be available. If you have a particular interest or academic requirement you are advised to cross reference the listing in the online Study Abroad Guide with that on the relevant departmental pages, and to contact the department to make sure that an appropriate module is available.

Level 1 modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
BENG101P Introduction to Biochemical Engineering 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BENG104P Bioprocess Analysis 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Level 2 modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
BENG2007 Evaluation and Planning of Business Opportunities in Bioprocessing and Life Sciences 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Level 3 modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
BENG3008 Biochemical Reaction Engineering 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BENG3009 Computer-Aided Bioprocess Engineering 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Level 4 modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
BENGM001 Integrated Downstream Processing 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BENGM002 Design and Control of Biochemical Reactors 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BENGM004 Cell Therapy Biology, Bioprocessing and Clinical Translation 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
BENGM005 Bioprocess Research Project 8 (US) 15 (ECTS) 1 (CU)
BENGM010 Bioprocess Validation and Quality Control 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

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