Biochemical engineers translate discoveries in the life sciences into tangible products such as vaccines, regenerative medicines and therapeutic drugs. UCL has been a pioneer in this interdisciplinary field, and launched one of the first undergraduate programmes in the world. Successes include the processes for semi-synthetic penicillin production, the world's first anti-virals against influenza, and the vaccine for cervical cancer.
Our degree programmes equip graduates to lead the development of new biotechnologies. We offer a BEng and MEng route as part of UCL’s award-winning Integrated Engineering Programme for those interested in combining engineering fundamentals with biology for the manufacture of new products.
Our BSc programmes in Bioprocessing will equip students wishing to understand the development of new medicines and therapies and their potential for commercialisation.
Biochemical engineering challenges
- Reducing the cost of biopharmaceuticals to make healthcare accessible to all
- Vaccines and therapeutics to tackle disease
- Sustainable chemicals to reduce our reliance on petrochemicals
- Cell & gene therapies and targeted healthcare
By studying with us, you will be taught by some of the leading academics in the world and also have opportunities to consider real-life engineering challenges. Upon graduation, you will have many diverse career options in engineering, management, research or sustainable investment and finance, all geared towards making the world a better place for generations to come.