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Bioprocessing of New Medicines (Business and Management) BSc

This programme is designed to give you a good grounding in both the science of bioprocessing and the management of new emerging technologies in healthcare. You will develop an understanding of the latest biomedical and diagnostic advances, together with the business skills necessary for health and clinical research management.

Key Information

Degree Programme
Bioprocessing of New Medicines (Business and Management) BSc
UCAS code
CN72
Duration
3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2016
Subject area
Biochemical Engineering and Bioprocessing
Total intake (by subject area)
56 (2016 entry)
Applications per place (by subject area)
5 (2014 entry)
Research Excellence Framework
90% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades
A*AA-AAA
Subjects
Biology, Chemistry or Physics required.
AS Levels
For UK-based students 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
38-39
Subjects
A total of 18-19 points in three higher level subjects including one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics, with no score below 5.

UK applicants qualifications

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

Equivalent qualification

Edexcel Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF), or Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Diploma (NQF) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 18-28 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

D2,D3,D3 - D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

A1AA-AAA at Advanced Highers (or A1A at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher - AA at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher), including one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics at Advanced Higher.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma, plus 2 GCE A levels at grades A*A*-AA, including one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

International applications

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

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

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

The Undergraduate 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: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.

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. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • This BSc is a truly interdisciplinary programme which draws on the knowledge of experts from across UCL in science and engineering, management and humanities.
  • 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 competitors.
  • 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.
  • We have been pioneers in providing our undergraduates with training to help them understand the business environment in which life science industries operate, thus better preparing you for your future career.

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).

In the first year, you will study the basics of how a drug is created, made at scale and what the challenges of creating new medicines are. You will also study the prerequisite management principles in running an organisation and dealing with the accounts, as well as the fundamentals of data management.

In year two, you will study the internal and external factors that govern pharmaceuticals production, with emphasis on clinical needs and their constraints. A wide spectrum of knowledge is encompassed from statistical analysis to legal and ethical concerns, together with an understanding of the role of the internet in globalisation and access to medicines.

The third year addresses a more in-depth understanding of global practices, business planning and the feasibility and economics of creating therapeutics and vaccines in both developed as well as developing markets. You will also undertake an independent research project within the context of globalisation of health.

Year One

Compulsory courses

Accounting for Business
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Communication & Behaviour in Organisations
Introduction to Biochemical Engineering
Introduction to Biochemical Engineering Processing and Design
Introductory Statistical Methods and Computing
Language
Understanding Management

Optional courses

All first-year courses are compulsory.

Year Two

Compulsory courses

Evaluation and Planning of Business Opportunities in Bioprocessing and Life Sciences
International Development and Public Policy
Introduction to Bioprocess Design Principles
Language
Law for Managers
New Medicines for the 21st Century
Strategic Human Resource Management

Optional courses

You will select 0.5 credits from a range of options.

Final Year

Compulsory courses

Bioprocess Design Study
Bioprocess Research Project
Business Planning in Bioprocessing and Life Sciences
Project Appraisal for Bioprocessing
Project Management
Vaccine Bioprocessing

Optional courses

You will select 0.5 credits from a range of options.

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.

Assessment

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

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Bioprocessing of New Medicines (Business and Management) BSc.

Careers

The core science, engineering, business and leadership skills that you acquire on the programme 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 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.

You may be based in a university, or work in company research and development activity involved in the design of facilities and issues of creating safe materials. The programme teaches skills such as systematic thinking and precise calculation, which leads some graduates to enter the financial sector and particularly those companies which invest in healthcare.

Destinations

The first cohort of students admitted to the Bioprocessing of New Medicines (Business and Management) BSc programme are due to graduate after 2015. Therefore, no information about career destinations for students on this programme is currently available.

*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers, UCL Advances and other entrepreneur societies here: Careers and skills.

Fees and funding

Fees

UK & EU fee
£9,000 (2016/17)
Overseas fee
£22,380 (2016/17)

Funding

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

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 of this programme.

Scholarships

Scholarships listed below are relevant to the department. Please read the details carefully to check they are relevant to the degree and your own circumstances.

Science Without Borders

Value
Eligibility
Overseas
Criteria

The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.

Application and next steps

Your application

In addition to academic requirements, we will also use your application to assess your motivation for studying bioprocessing. 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.

Application deadline: 15 January 2016



Selection

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.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students