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UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering

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The department is a founding laboratory of the discipline and boasts a long tradition of innovation. Our reputation as a world-leading teaching and research centre attracts staff and students worldwide

Working across the full educational spectrum the department offers a variety of learning opportunities for:

  • Schools and teachers - through a diverse selection of outreach programmes
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate students - via our richly stimulating degree programmes
  • Industry professionals - through modular courses and our acclaimed executive training programme

Our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are all highly regarded,  offering students the chance to learn from international experts in unique facilities. These are housed in-state-of-the-art pilot-plant and laboratories at UCL in the very heart of London.

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What is biochemical engineering?

Biochemical engineers translate exciting discoveries in life sciences into practical materials and processes contributing to human health and well-being.

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Alumni

We value the strong relationship we maintain with our alumni, ensuring a long-term connection and mutual support.

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Athena Swan

UCL Biochemical Engineering is the proud holder of an Athena Swan silver award recognising recognises work undertaken to address gender equality and removing barriers to progression that affect underepresented groups.

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Research Excellence Framework (REF)

Biochemical engineering research quality and impact highlighted in the most recent REF 2014 outcome

 

Our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are all highly regarded,  offering students the chance to learn from international experts in unique facilities. These are housed in-state-of-the-art pilot-plant and laboratories at UCL in the very heart of London.

The UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering is at the forefront of bioprocess research and is the largest centre in the UK. In the latest Research Assessment Exercise 75% of academic staff were rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'. Our interdisciplinary Advanced Centre for Biochemical Engineering (ACBE) coordinates bioprocess research and training collaborations with more than a dozen UCL departments, a similar number of external university partners and over 40 international companies.

Three major themes run through our research programmes:

  • Industrial biotechnology
  • Macromolecular bioprocessing
  • Cell therapy bioprocessing

Over 75% of our research projects are collaborative with industry and all address strategically significant issues, frequently on a truly global scale. This close working relationship with industry provides unparalleled opportunities for our research teams to tackle long term problems with leaders in the sector and is a hallmark of the UCL approach.