Biochemical Engineering


Open Days

Come and see what makes UCL the UK’s number one university for graduate study and why the QS World University Ranking currently places UCL 7th in the world. The UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering was the first of its kind in the UK, now with teaching and research taking place in The Advanced Centre for Biochemical Engineering. Come and visit us on one of our many open days, book for one of our many virtual open days or see a recording of previous events in the list below.

Undergraduate Programmes

MSc Biochemical Engineering

MRes Synthetic Biology


The Pilot Plant

The Pilot Plant is an intermediate scale, industrial manufacturing facility that is used use to bring products to commercialisation. It is located in the basement of the Bernard Katz building and we’re one of the few university departments in Europe to have one. Pilot scale bioreactors, homogenisers and centrifuges give our students the hands on training and experience required to broaden their understanding.  It allows them to consider the industrial perspective on commercialisation and adds value to their experience. 

Teaching Laboratories

All undergraduate and masters students are required to supplement their lectures with laboratory practicals. Laboratories such as the one below are used to teach students key engineering fundamentals such as oxygen transfer and fluid dynamics, as well as biochemical assays and protocols. Doctoral students are trained as demonstrators for lab practicals, which provides valuable teaching experience.

Our Research

The research conducted by the department is used as the basis of teaching materials. Research into protein engineering, biofuels, vaccines and regenerative medicine feed directly into all levels of degree based learning. Our discoveries today will help shape tomorrow's products. Final year students will have the opportunity to work on a research project of their choosing giving them additional research experience. Take a virtual tour of one of our research labs here