Biochemical Engineering


Modular Training for the Bioprocess Industries (MBI®)

An MBI® session

The Modular Training for the Bioprocess Industries Programme (MBI®) is run by the Department of Biochemical Engineering at UCL. It comprises a series of UCL-accredited short courses in bioprocessing, designed specifically for industrialists, that can be taken as stand-alone modules or can be combined for Certificate, Diploma or Masters qualifications.

MBI® Training programme features

  • A comprehensive programme of accredited bioprocess engineering courses of 3-4 days duration.
  • Courses aim to bridge the gap between bioscience and engineering and can lead to UCL qualifications at masters level.
  • Emphasis on teaching through interactive problem solving case studies in small classes for effective learning.
  • Expert teaching input from industrialists and regulators - over 70 experts from 50 companies helped UCL staff to deliver the courses.
  • Strong input from industry into the development of the programme and new modules via a team of industrialists who meet every 6 months.
  • Application of new skills to practical situations through activities based within the Advanced Centre for Biochemical Engineering pilot scale process facility.

MBI® course benefits

  • Up-to-date skills and knowledge to rapidly develop validatable, efficient and robust processes.
  • A thorough knowledge of process options and engineering constraints.
  • A capacity to improve processes.
  • Updates staff in the latest technical and regulatory developments.
  • Increased flexibility, motivation, creativity and professional status for delegates.
  • Increased contact network.

MBI® experience and current status

Over 1,000 modules have been sold to more than 700 individuals from 200 companies since the start of the programme in 1994.

  • 29% of the companies participating are non-UK.
  • Delegates average more than 10 years' relevant industrial experience (range from 0.5 to 30 yrs).
  • 23 delegates have now graduated from the programme with an MSc in Bioprocessing, 1 with a Diploma in Bioprocessing and 5 with a Certificate in Bioprocessing.

MBI® qualifications

Modules can of course be taken on a standalone basis without any need to undertake any assessments/certification. However, through the MBI® Training Programme the following University College London qualifications can be achieved:
•    Masters in Bioprocessing: within 5 years
•    Diploma in Bioprocessing: within 5 years
•    Certificate in Bioprocessing: within 2 years

We can create a flexible course schedule and payment plan tailored for industrial delegates.

The department of Biochemical Engineering also runs a doctorate programme for industrialists - the enhanced doctorate (EngD).

If you would like further information about the MBI® Programme or other Bioprocess Leadership Activities at the Department of Biochemical Engineering, please email us - we will be more than happy to advise you.

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