There is a growing need for graduates with a grounding in biological sciences who are able to understand the translational new technologies required for new medicine commercialisation. This BSc focuses on the early stage development of new medicines, such as stem cell, new vaccines and potential new therapies related to healthcare.
- UCAS code
- 3 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2017
- Applications per place
- 3 (2015 entry)*
- Total intake
- 57 (2017 entry)*
- Biology required.
- 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
- A total of 18-19 points in three higher level subjects including Biology, 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:
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 23-28 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 Biology.
A1,A,A-A,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A1,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher - A,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher), including Biology at Advanced Higher
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades A*AA - AAA, including Biology.
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
The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a twelve-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.
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.
- This flexible programme enables you to choose different options from an approved list, thereby tailoring your degree towards the engineering, biological or business aspects of new medicine development.
- 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.
Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Biochemical Engineering.
- 90% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
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In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules 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 fundamentals of biochemistry and cell biology required to understand the technologies used in the early stages of new medicine development. Case studies will look at the challenges of creating new medicines, disease states and the ethical considerations of working in the biopharmaceutical industry.
The second year examines the intricate signalling structures within the human body and the immune memory that new vaccines seek to stimulate. In addition, you will be required to consider the commercialisation of new medicines and will develop your knowledge of intellectual property and how to manage it in a global market.
The research project is a core component of the third year, along with modules in business planning and the bioprocessing of new medicines. At least one module option is offered every year, enabling you to tailor your degree towards the business side of the new medicines industry or the bio-molecular side.
An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.
Basic Microeconomic Concepts
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Chemistry for Biologists
Fluid Flow and Mixing in Bioprocesses
Introduction to Biochemical Engineering
Introductory Statistical Methods and Computing
You will select 0.5 credits from a range of options.
Bioprocess Recovery and Purification
Cell Production and Growth
Evaluation and Planning of Business Opportunities in Bioprocessing and Life Sciences
General Biochemistry of Health
New Medicines for the 21st Century
You will select 1.0 credit from a range of options.
Applied Cell and Molecular Biology for Biochemical Engineers
Bioprocessing of New Medicines
Business Planning in Bioprocessing and Life Sciences
You will select 1.0 credit from a range of options.
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.
Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Bioprocessing of New Medicines (Science and Engineering) BSc.
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 with 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.
The first cohort of students admitted to the Bioprocessing of New Medicines (Science and Engineering) 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 2012-2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
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Fees and funding
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2016/17 academic year.
- UK/EU students
- £9,000 (2016/17)
- Overseas students
- £22,380 (2016/17)
Fees for students entering UCL in September 2017 (i.e. for the 2017/2018 academic year) will be set in the summer of 2016 and published on the UCL Current Students website. Fees advertised by UCL are for the first year of the programme. UK/EU undergraduate fees are capped, but fees for other students may be subject to increase in future years of study by between 3-5%.
Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.
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.
The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.
Application and next steps
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 2017
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