Biochemical Engineering


Careers and Industry

What about a career in Biochemical Engineering?

Dr Brenda Parker talks to UCL Biochemical Engineering alumni Maria and Ditte about their careers in a webinar in January 2018

What will a degree from UCL Biochemical Engineering give me?

Our teaching is reflecting current and longstanding trends in industry and therefore a degree from our department sets you up for exiting roles in the bio and pharmaceutical industries. BEng and MEng graduates may be employed as engineer being involved in the safe production of biomolecules, like antibodies, vaccines or viral vectors, or as researcher optimising biomolecules, processes and technologies. Graduates from our BSc programmes can work on the interface between development and commercial production or the intersection between production and marketing having a comprehensive understanding of the full path of new medicines.

In addition to core science and engineering, you will acquire business and management skills and a range of soft skills, like innovative thinking, team working and leadership skills. Skills you can use in a wide range of careers inside and outside the bioprocessing sector.

Typical roles our graduates move into are: Consultant Engineer, Business Analyst, Process Development Scientists or Process Engineer. Companies our graduates work for are for example GSK, Eli Lilly, Cell & Gene Therapy Catapult or PwC.

Do you want to know more about how a degree from our department can set you up for an exiting career? Check out our alumni profiles 

UCL alumni and industrials partners are involved in our teaching activities giving first-hand insights into the industry. This provides students as well with excellent networking opportunities. In addition we are organising regular industry led careers events. We also provide extensive support to our students in their job search by circulating opportunities within the bioprocessing industries.