UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering



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

If you are interested in learning, applying and developing new engineering skills and knowledge to meet global challenges relating to the development of novel medicines, pioneering stem cell therapies or green sustainable technologies, then Biochemical Engineering at UCL is for you.

In the next decade and beyond, UCL biochemical engineers' work will be vital not only in the area of new medicine manufacture but also for novel materials from renewable sources such as biofuels, improved approaches to reducing and dealing with environmental pollution and more nutritious foods. This critical work is being carried out not only by researchers and postgraduate students but also by those studying for a degree.

New and exciting discoveries in:

  • Directed evolution
  • Protein engineering
  • Bioengineering
Biochemical engineering students in pilot plant at bioreactor


We offer several three and four-year undergraduate programmes. Our four-year integrated masters options include year in industry and year abroad. Our engineering degrees are IChemE accredited.

Biochemical engineering student in preparing petri dishes

Postgraduate taught

MSc and MRes programmes tailored for graduate scientists, engineers, or biochemical engineers with progression towards IChemE accreditation.

Biochemical engineering student in synthetic biology lab

Postgraduate research

EngD and PhD programmes that offer a range of research degree opportunities, many collaborative with leading bioindustry companies

Three students working together over wires and circuitry, with overlay blue triangles

Engineering Foundation Year

Embrace this opportunity to become a future engineer, on a programme designed for those who don’t meet standard entry requirements for UCL’s undergraduate engineering degrees.

Biochemical engineering student at poster presentation


What will a degree from UCL Biochemical Engineering do for you? Find out about career opportunities and what our graduates have gone on to do.


Industrial Short Courses: MBI Programme

The MBI courses are UCL-accredited short courses in bioprocessing, designed specifically for industrialists, that can be taken as stand-alone modules or can be combined for a Masters level qualification.

VISION Programme

Industrial Short Courses: VISION Leadership Programme

VISION is a leadership programme tailored for the bioindustry to capture the synergies between bioscience, technology and business practice