Developing innovation to create new medicines, biofuels and environmental management tools is essential to meet the global challenges of tomorrow. If you are interested in meeting these challenges, then Biochemical Engineering at UCL is for you. The MEng offers an extra year on top of the Biochemical Engineering BEng in which to acquire hands-on practical research experience and advanced design skills.
- Degree Programme
- Engineering (Biochemical) MEng
- UCAS code
- 4 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.
Not acceptable for entrance to this programme.
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 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.
- 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. This gives you greater control over your study and career plans.
You may then choose to join one of the following routes: Bioprocess Management; Chemical Engineering; or the International Programme. The International Programme enables students to spend their third year at a selected university in Europe (including Denmark, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Italy), the USA, Hong Kong, Japan or Australia.
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
Route: Biochemical Engineering:
Bioprocess Systems Engineering
Bioprocess Validation and Quality Control
Cell Therapy Biology
Industrial Synthetic Biology
Sustainable Industrial Bioprocesses and Biorefining
Route: Chemical Engineering:
Advanced Process Engineering
Advanced Safety and Loss Prevention
Chemical Engineering Research Project
Energy Systems and Sustainability
Process Dynamics and Control
Route: Bioprocess Management:
Advanced Bioprocess Business Plan
Bioprocess Research Project
Bioprocess Systems Engineering
Bioprocess Validation and Quality Control
Business in a Competitive Environment
Cell Therapy Biology, Bioprocessing and Clinical Translation
Route: Study Abroad:
You will undertake a research project at an approved European Union, North American, South-East Asian or Australian university.
Students on the Biochemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Bioprocess Management routes will select credits from a wide range of optional courses.
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. 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: Engineering (Biochemical) MEng.
The core science, engineering, business and leadership skills that you acquire 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 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 and its optional routes 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.