UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering


Undergraduate head of department webinar follow up

Thank you to everyone who joined Professor Gary Lye, head of department of Biochemical Engineering, and Dr Rana Khalife. Here are some of the questions with answers and useful links

Can you tell me more about timetables?

You can use this link to find timetables at UCL

How many students are there to a class?

We have around 50 across all four programmes, some classes such as maths in the first year you may share with large groups but by the time you get into the later years and more specialised groups you may be in much smaller classes.

Can you work in oil and gas industry? Which industries will have the most opportunities?

Yes, as an engineering graduate you’ll be welcome in many industries and you also have the option to choose modules, for example, the 4th year of the Engineering (Biochemical) MEng you can take a chemical engineering route if you wish.

Our graduates go off into many sectors e.g. environmental areas, biofuels, food and drink and a lot of our graduates go into the city or finance.

What provision is there for summer and research studentships, placements etc

We also have members of the team who help people find internships and placements.

Are our degrees recognised in other countries?

Yes. our MEng is an integrated masters which at 4 years is one shorter than other European universities and is accredited with many of our graduates going to work overseas after graduating.

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What computation is taught?

We teach design, autoCAD and MatLab we cover enzymatic programming and students on the MEng and BEng can select minor options, find out more in this leaflet:

You can find a list of modules on individual degrees on these pages:

What’s the difference between Medical Sciences (MS) and Engineering and Biochemical Engineering degrees?

We helped set up the MS degree so have a close involvement and they are more focused in instruments and equipment used in healthcare e.g. MRI or dialysis whereas Biochemical Engineering is more concerned with processes. We’d suggest looking at the module list for that degree.

Can you change from BEng to MEng?

Yes, there’s flexibility you just need to meet criteria e.g. minimum grade requirements and following process for changing.

Is biochemical engineering more biological or chemical?

We’re closer to biochemistry than biological or pure chemistry, so with the molecules we make e.g medicines or antibodies you need a pretty good understanding of the biological structure of those molecules and you need to understand the chemistry of those molecules. If you’re more into cell therapy, moving from the molecule to the cell you get more into biology and you can also move into immunology.

Would it be hard to do a masters in the US after my degree at UCL?

No, that would be fine. Our degree graduates go to masters and PhDs all over the world.

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