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Fees and Funding

UK & EU Fee

£9,000 (2013/14)

Overseas Fee

£19,500 (2013/14)

General Funding Notes

Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance

Specific Funding Notes

Several major international companies have established a Trust Fund with the department. This fund provides five bursaries, each worth at least £1,500, which are open to all applicants.

Key Facts

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Biochemical Engineering

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Prospectus subject entry

Biochemical Engineering and Bioprocessing

Prospectus faculty entry

Engineering Sciences

Engineering (Biochemical) MEng

UCAS Code: H813

This four-year programme offers an extra year on top of the Biochemical Engineering BEng in which to acquire hands-on practical research experience and advanced design skills. Several optional routes provide flexibility to meet students' individual requirements.

Entry Requirements

A Levels

Grades A*AA-AAB
Subjects Preferred subjects: any two from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.
AS Levels A pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs English Language and Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

Points 36-39
Subjects A total of 17-19 points in three higher level subjects preferably including any two subjects from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics, with no score below 5.

Other Qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

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International Qualifications

International Qualifications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Selected country's equivalent grades will appear here

University Preparatory Certificates

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

The University Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

For more information see our website: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree Summary

Degree Benefits

  • The department has the most modern and comprehensive biochemical engineering facilities of any university in the world. Valued at over £35 million, they attract leading industrial collaborators.
  • Our teaching is designed to help you both to work at a detailed, analytical level, and to see the bigger picture in terms of addressing environmental and ethical issues.
  • The programme is professionally accredited by the Institution of Chartered Engineers (IChemE), which means that it provides the essential entry point to Chartered Engineering Status (CEng).
  • We have been pioneers in providing our undergraduates with training to help them understand the business environment in which life sciences operate, thus better preparing you for your future career.

Whichever degree you initially choose within the department of Biochemical Engineering, you will follow a common curriculum in the first two years. The courses you take are designed to introduce you to biochemical engineering through both lectures and use of the practical training facilities.

You may reassess your choice of degree programme towards the end of the second year, when you have gained a deeper knowledge of what the subject involves. This gives you greater control over your study and career plans.

You may then choose to join one of the following routes: Bioprocess Management; Chemical Engineering; or the International Programme. The International Programme enables students to spend their theird year at a selected university in Europe (including Denmark, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Italy), the USA, Hong Kong, Japan or Australia.

During the third year you will supplement compulsory courses by selecting options to match your own interests, and you may choose to complete your degree at this stage with a BEng qualification. However, we advise you to apply for a four-year MEng programme initially as this gives you the most control over your plans.

Your Learning

You will be taught using a combination of lectures, case studies, team-based projects and experiments. Leading industrialists and researchers regularly visit the department to provide guest lectures. Case studies are conducted in small teams, and your personal and departmental tutors are available to offer individual support.


Written examinations, individual reports, coursework and oral presentations all contribute towards your assessment.

Degree Structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Year One

Compulsory subjects

Introduction to Biochemical Engineering
General Biochemistry
Chemistry for Biologists
Bioprocess Engineering
Fluid Flow and Mixing in Bioprocesses
Mathematics for Engineers

Optional courses

All first-year courses are compulsory

Year Two

Compulsory subjects

Evaluation and Planning of Business Opportunities in Bioprocessing and Life Sciences
Biochemistry for Biochemical Engineers
Process Engineering
Heat and Mass Transfer in Bioprocesses
Bioprocess Recovery and Purification
Fermentation and Bioreactor Engineering
Mathematics for Engineers II

Optional courses

All second-year courses are compulsory

Year Three

Compulsory subjects

Bioprocess Plant Design
Business Planning in Bioprocessing and Life Sciences
Project Appraisal for Bioprocessing
Microbial Genetics and Molecular Biology for Biochemical Engineers
Biochemical Reaction Engineering
Computer Aided Bioprocess Engineering

Optional courses

You will select credits from a wide range of options.

Final Year

Compulsory courses

Route: Biochemical Engineering:
Whole Bioprocessing of Cell-Based Therapies
Bioprocess Research Project
Bioprocess Validation & Quality Control
Clinical Translation, Bioprocessing & Commercialisation of Advanced Therapies
Advanced Bioprocess Business Plan & Enterprise Implementation

Route: Chemical Engineering:
Chemistry II
Process Dynamics and Control
Transport Processes III
Chemical Engineering Research Project
Fluid-particle Systems
Corporate Financial Strategy

Route: Bioprocess Management:
Whole Bioprocessing of Cell-Based Therapies
Advanced Bioprocess Business Plan & Enterprise Implementation
Bioprocess Validation and Quality Control
Project Management
Business in a Competitive Environment
Bioprocess Research Project

Route: Study Abroad:
You will undertake a substantial individual research project at an approved European Union or North American university.

Optional courses

Students on the Biochemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Bioprocess Management routes will select credits from a wide range of optional courses.

Further details available on degree page of subject website:

Your Career

The core science, engineering, business and leadership skills that you acquire will provide you with excellent and diverse career prospects. In addition to your core subject knowledge, the programme will provide you with skills such as innovative thinking, team working and computing.

The excitement of taking biological advances towards new medicines and greener sustainable processes is creating an ever-growing need for biochemical engineering graduates to work in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, biofuels, chemical, environment and food industries.

After graduation you may work in a company conducting research and development in design of facilities and issues of creating safe materials. Many work in managing the multi-million pound investments that produce life science drugs. Others decide to pursue a higher degree, either an MSc or a doctorate.


First career destinations of recent graduates (2009-2011) of this programme and its optional routes include:

  • Supply Chain Graduate, Akzonobel (2011)
  • IT Consultant, IBM (2011)
  • Biopharmaceutical Engineer, GlaxoSmithKline (2010)
  • Research and Development Co-ordinator, London Ambulance Service (2010)
  • Purification Development Scientist, Lonza Biologics (2009)

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:


Your Application

In addition to academic requirements, we will also use your application to assess your motivation for studying biochemical engineering. We will be seeking applicants committed to studying at the highest level, and who are eager, and able, to rise to the challenges presented both by the programme and by a career in the discipline.

How to Apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.


If we are considering making you an offer, and you live in the UK, you will be invited to an applicant open day. Your visit provides an excellent opportunity to examine the departmental facilities before making a final decision.

If you live outside the UK, or travel distance is a problem, we will arrange for a telephone or online (VoIP) chat to assist with any questions you may have.

We are happy to consider your application if you wish to defer entry and take a gap year before taking up your place on the programme, especially if you have constructive plans for your time. The Year in Industry scheme provides suitably qualified students with work placements, allowing them to gain relevant work experience whilst earning money.

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