UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering


Transferable Skills in Bioprocess Research and Development

Course Code
Level M
Credits 15
Module Tutor
Dr Vasos Pavlika
Coursework 70%
Presentations 20%
Conference 10%

This module complements the new generic and transferable skills module being developed by CALT which introduces graduate researchers to the principles of the Research Council ‘Researcher Development Framework’ (RDF). It shows how the principles of the RDF can be applied in bioprocess research and development either in academia or the international bioindustry. 

The course content is aligned with the four headings of the RDF:

  1. Knowledge and intellectual abilities
  2. Personal effectiveness
  3. Research governance and organisation
  4. Engagement, influence and impact

In each we have established a number of content-rich case-studies that drawn specifically on Biochemical Engineering/Bioprocess relevant material/contexts.

The module comprises of 4 teaching blocks, each block comprises of formal tutorial sessions consisting of a range of small group lectures, round-table discussions, group exercises and expert talks delivered/facilitated by the Module Tutor. This component is to be delivered in the first academic term. These sessions are then supplemented with: Self-directed learning by the students throughout. These activities result in a personal development plan (PDP) being created by each student; this can be developed throughout their research degree and beyond.

Assessment of each students PDP plan will be via a formal Knowledge Exchange Forum in the first year. 

Aims and Objectives

Transferable skills training is designed to equip research students with a full range of skills which will improve their effectiveness as researchers, and ensure that they are not only highly qualified but employable in a variety of careers by the end of their research project. 

We have developed Transferable Skills in Bioprocess Research and Development as our transferable skills training programme to ensure that all aspects of the Researcher Development Framework (RDF) are covered and to ensure that we continue to respond to the needs of students, researchers and other stakeholders. This module complements the new Researcher Professional Development module from CALT that provides a cross-sector introduction to the RDF

Intended Learning Outcomes:

The module will result in a personal development plan (PDP) being created by each student.

Through this ‘skills audit’, all new research students are encouraged to consider their existing portfolio of skills, as well as the skills that they hope to acquire while doing their doctoral research. This will enable them to identify opportunities to develop those skills both by participating in the module, and through their own personal development as their research progresses. 

Workload Total 150 hours comprising

  • Lectures 24 hrs
  • Private reading 60 hrs
  • Seminars/ problem classes / tutorials 26 hrs
  • Individual project and feedback to conference 40 hrs


  • Coursework 70% (5,000 word max)
  • Presentations 20%
  • Conference 10%