This broad-based, flexible programme provides opportunities to follow a wide range of careers in this rapidly developing sector. You will benefit from innovative teaching methods and gain real engineering experience and, as you progress, will have the opportunity to develop a secondary area of expertise, either within engineering or an alternative field.
- Degree Programme
- Engineering (Biochemical) BEng
- UCAS code
- 3 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2016
- Mathematics required, plus one from Biology, Chemistry or Physics.
- AS Levels
- For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is 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 Mathematics, plus one from 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:
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. Mathematics required, plus one from Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
A1AA-AAA at Advanced Highers (or A1A at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher - 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 Diploma, plus 2 GCE A levels at grades A*A*-A*A. 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
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.
- 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 staff are at the forefront of their fields and are committed to providing top-quality education and research.
- 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.
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).
Biochemical Engineering BEng and MEng share a common curriculum of core courses. The courses 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.
In years two and three 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.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Design and Professional Skills I
Fluid Flow and Mixing in Bioprocesses
Introduction to Biochemical Engineering
Mathematical Modelling and Analysis I
All first-year courses are compulsory
Biochemistry of Protein Production
Bioprocess Recovery and Purification
Design and Professional Practice II
Fermentation and Bioreactor Engineering
Heat and Mass Transfer
Mathematical Analysis and Modelling II
One Minor course
Biochemical Reaction Engineering
Bioprocess Plant Design
Chemistry and Industrial Biotechnology
Computer Aided Bioprocess Engineering
Molecular Biology for Biochemical Engineering
One Minor course
Please note: As part of the faculty-wide engineering programme the degree will be broken down into three main components:
A) Discipline-specific material to biochemical engineering;
B) Common engineering elements taught within the Faculty of Engineering;
C) Optional modules in the form of Minors.
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. Our programmes offer regular opportunities for students to put their learning into practice through the use of scenarios. Case studies 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, the programme will provide you with skills in 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 (2010-2013) of this programme include:
- Business Analyst, Deutsche Bank (2013)
- Money Market Dealer, Shinhan Bank (2013)
- Process Engineer, GlaxoSmithKline (2013)
- Full-time student, PhD in Biotechnology at University of Cambridge (2013)
- IT Consultant, IBM (2011)
*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
- UK & EU fee
- £9,000 (2015/16)
- Overseas fee
- £20,700 (2015/16)
Details about financial support are available at: Fees and funding
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.
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.
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.