UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering


Biochemical Engineering MPhil/PhD

The UCL Advanced Centre for Biochemical Engineering trains bioprocess engineering leaders to underpin the translation of new scientific advances into safe, selective and manufacturable therapies.

Key information

Application information

To apply for the PhD in Biochemical Engineering, please complete your application on UCL’s Application portal. Please make sure that apart from the basic requirements, you provide your up-to-date CV and a short cover letter with your broad area of research interest (Industrial Biotechnology / Biopharmaceuticals / Cell and Gene Therapies).
Funded projects are confirmed throughout the year (the majority of them in Spring/Summer) and we will contact shortlisted candidates afterwards.

To find out core information about this degree, such as entry requirements, programme length and cost, visit the UCL Graduate Degrees site.

Visit the Graduate Degrees site

Programme information 

This 3-year programme draws upon the expertise within the department and the multidisciplinary research linkages of the Advanced Centre for Biochemical Engineering.

Please note, all choices are subject to space on modules, timetabling constraints and the approval of the relevant Module Tutor and the Programme Director.

Research areas

Research in UCL Biochemical Engineering focuses on three major areas: biocatalysis, biopharmaceutical bioprocessing, and human cell therapy bioprocessing. These fields each explore similar research goals which include the following:

  • Environment and sustainability: exploiting green biological catalysts for biorefining and high-value pharmaceutical syntheses
  • Harnessing genomics: directed evolution, metabolic engineering and synthetic biology can deliver efficient cell systems for producing biopharmaceuticals and enzymes
  • Making the outcome affordable: business approaches coupled with engineering paradigms offer new healthcare opportunities
  • Processing of complex biological materials: epitomised by the use of human proteins and stem cells for therapy, the challenge is to process materials of increasing complexity to make them available to all who need them
  • Speed from discovery to benefit: using small mimics, microfluidics and mathematical models provides process understanding for effective scale-translation enhancing the precision and rate of process development.

Teaching staff

Programme director

Professor Paul Dalby

Lecturers and Teaching Fellows

Details of specific lecturers and teaching fellows can be found on module pages.


To illustrate how the course will be taught, you can find live timetable information at timetable.ucl.ac.uk - simply click on 'Degree programme' and enter the desired course title.


Visit our Facilities page to find out how our spaces and resources will assist in your learning, or visit the UCL Prospective Students site to find out what's more widely available to students.


All Biochemical Engineering students are based in Bloomsbury, London. Visit our About section to find out more.