The Biochemical Engineering undergraduate programme at UCL fully integrates engineering and biotechnology. Both BEng and MEng degrees share a common curriculum of practical core modules, delivered through innovative teaching. Both programmes will equip you with skills to follow a wide range of careers in this emerging sector.
- UCAS code
Full-time: 3 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2019
- London, Bloomsbury
- Institution of Chemical Engineers
- Mathematics required, plus one from Biology, Chemistry or Physics.
- ABB (more about contextual offers)
- Mathematics required at grade A, plus one from Biology, Chemistry or Physics.
- English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 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 points in three higher level subjects including Mathematics, plus one from Biology, Chemistry or Physics, with no score below 5.
- 34 (more about contextual offers)
- A total of 16 points in three higher level subjects including Mathematics at grade 6, plus one from Biology, Chemistry or Physics, with no score below 5.
UK applicants qualifications
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
D3,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. Mathematics required, plus one from Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
AAA at Advanced Highers (AA at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher). Mathematics required plus one from Physics, Chemistry and Biology at Advanced Higher.
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAA. Mathematics required, plus one from Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
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.
The department has one of the most modern and comprehensive biochemical engineering facilities of any university in the world. Valued at over £35 million, our facilities attract leading industrial collaborators from the biopharmaceutical, cell therapy and industrial biotechnology sectors.
Our staff are at the forefront of research in areas such as regenerative medicine, biopharmaceuticals and biofuels. We are committed to research-based teaching through UCL's Connected Curriculum, meaning students will be exposed to the newest developments in these fields.
The programme is professionally accredited by the Institution of Chartered Engineers (IChemE), which means that it provides the essential entry point to work towards Chartered Engineering Status (CEng).
We have been pioneers in providing our undergraduates with training to help them understand the business environment in which the life sciences operate. This will prepare you better for your future career.
This programme is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) as satisfying the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Chemical Engineer when supplemented with further learning to Master's level.
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In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 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 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
Core modules are designed to introduce you to biochemical engineering through lectures and use of practical training facilities. Scenario-based learning activities will give you hands-on experience in a diverse range of fields, from tackling biopharmaceutical process development to evaluating sustainability of biofuels.
The programme builds up to the Design Project in year three, where students apply the knowledge they have gained to a case study where they will be tasked with creating a process for manufacture of a biopharmaceutical product, for example, including facility design and technoeconomic evaluation.
The degree will be broken down into three main components:
- Discipline-specific material in biochemical engineering;
- Common engineering elements taught within the Faculty of Engineering Sciences; and
- Minor modules where you may choose from a range of subjects offered by the Faculty of Engineering Sciences.
Students register for Biochemical Engineering as the core discipline, but they also engage in activities that span departments via the UCL Integrated Engineering Programme. Our degrees encourage professional development, with an emphasis on design and challenging students to apply knowledge to complex problems.
You may reassess your choice of BEng/MEng route towards the end of the second year, when you have gained a deeper knowledge of what the subject involves. We normally advise applying for the MEng if you are undecided, as this gives you the most control over your study plans.
An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.
Core or compulsory module(s)
- Introduction to Biochemical Engineering
- Fluid Flow and Mixing in Bioprocesses
- Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
- Bioprocess Analysis
- Mathematical Modelling and Analysis I
- Design and Professional Practice I
- Integrated Engineering
Core or compulsory module(s)
- Downstream Processing for Engineers
- Fermentation and Bioreactor Engineering
- Biochemistry of Protein Production for Biochemical Engineers
- Heat and Mass Transfer in Bioprocesses
- Mathematical Modelling and Analysis II
- Design and Professional Skills II
You will be able to select one subject from the Integrated Engineering Programme list of Minor subjects.
Core or compulsory module(s)
- Bioprocess Plant Design
- Biochemical Reaction Engineering
- Computer Aided Bioprocess Engineering
- Molecular Biology for Bioprocess Engineers
- Chemistry and Industrial Biotechnology
You will continue with two modules in your selected Minor subject from year two.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, case studies, team-based projects and laboratory and pilot-plant based practicals. Leading industrialists and researchers regularly visit the department to provide guest lectures. Our programmes offer regular opportunities for students to put their learning into practice through the use of scenarios. Case studies and the Design Project are conducted in small teams, with your tutors offering individual support.
Written examinations, individual and group reports, coursework and oral presentations all contribute towards your assessment.
Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Engineering (Biochemical) BEng.
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 in biochemical engineering, the programme will provide you with the analytical, problem-solving and numeracy skills desired by a wide range of sectors.
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 progress to work in a company, conducting research and development activity in design of facilities and the creation of safe materials. Many past students 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 Biochemical Engineering BEng graduates (2014-2015) include:
- Analyst, BlackRock
- Full-time student, EngD in Biochemical Engineering and Bioprocess Leadership at UCL
- Full-time student, MSc in Management at Imperial College Business School, Imperial College
- Pharmaceutical Industry Analyst, Visiongain
- Full-time student, MSc in Environmental Engineering, Griffith University
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 2014-2016 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
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Fees and funding
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2018/19 academic year. The UK/EU fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2018/19 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.
- UK/EU students
- £9,250 (2018/19)
- Overseas students
- £25,960 (2018/19)
Overseas fees for the 2019/20 academic year are expected to be available in July 2018. Undergraduate UK/EU fees are capped by the UK Government and are expected to be available in October 2018. Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.
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.
The scholarships listed below are for 2017 entry. Funding opportunities for students applying for 2018 entry will be published when they are available.
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.