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  • Start date: September 2018

Bioprocessing of New Medicines (Science and Engineering) BSc

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.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2018
UCAS code
B190
Duration
Full-time: 3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2018
Location
London, Bloomsbury
Applications per place
4 (2015 entry)*
Total intake
57 (2018 entry)*
* Figures relate to Biochemical Engineering and Bioprocessing subject area

Entry requirements

A levels

Grades
A*AA-AAA
Subjects
Biology 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 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:

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.

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.

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

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 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

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

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 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 amongst 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 work at a detailed analytical level, and also 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. This prepares you better 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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Degree structure

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, which are required to understand the technologies used in 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 looks at 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 optional module is offered every year of your programme, enabling you to tailor your degree towards the business side of the new medicines industry or the biomolecular side.

Modules

An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Basic Microeconomic Concepts
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Bioprocess Analysis
Chemistry for Biologists
Fluid Flow and Mixing in Bioprocesses
Introduction to Biochemical Engineering
Introductory Statistical Methods and Computing

Optional modules

You will select 0.5 credits from a range of options.

Core or compulsory module(s)

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

Optional modules

You will select 1.0 credit from a range of options.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Applied Cell and Molecular Biology for Biochemical Engineers
Bioprocessing of New Medicines
Business Planning in Bioprocessing and Life Sciences
Research Project

Optional modules

You will select 1.0 credit from a range of options.

Your learning

You will be taught through 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 (Science and Engineering) 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 in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, biofuels, chemical, environment and food industries.

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

Destinations

The first cohort of students admitted to the Bioprocessing of New Medicines (Science and Engineering) BSc programme graduated in 2015. Therefore, information about career destinations for students on this programme is currently emerging. Many of our students have gone on to further study in a particular specialism, such as an MSc in Bioscience Enterprise. Others have gone on to take MRes programmes and are now embarking upon PhDs.

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 2013-2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2017/18 academic year and are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for 2018 entry will appear here as soon as they are available.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2017/18 - see below)
Overseas students
£23,710 (2017/18)

The UK/EU fee quoted above may be subject to increase for the 2018/19 academic year and for each year of study thereafter and UCL reserves the right to increase its fees in line with UK government policy (including on an annual basis for each year of study during a programme). Fees for overseas students may be subject to an annual increase in subsequent years of study by up to 5%.

Please see the full details of UCL's fees and possible changes on the UCL Current Students website.

Funding

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.

Departmental scholarships

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

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, 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 2018



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 will provide 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.


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