Short courses


Principles of Fermentation Processes (MBI® Training, Bioprocess Industries)

  • 18 hours (approx)
  • 3 days


This three-day course will teach you how to specify a fermentation process and determine its economic feasibility.

You'll learn about different modes of fermentation and new developments in fermentation technology (single use bioreactors).

The course involves a series of lectures, case studies and a pilot plant visit.

It's aimed at scientists and engineers.

This course is part of the Modular Training for the Bioprocess Industries programme (MBI®), run by the Department of Biochemical Engineering at UCL.

Course content and structure

Teaching is in small classes, with an emphasis on interactive problem solving and case studies.

Each day will cover the following topics:

Day 1

  • Evaluation of different expression systems
  • How upstream can help ease overall processing
  • Fermentation mass balancing
  • Biomass growth kinetics

    Day 2

    • Case study: growth kinetics
    • Case study: mass balancing
    • Introduction to animal cell culture
    • Different modes of fermentation
    • Rapid bioprocesses development in synthetic biology company
    • Case study: fermentation simulation

    Day 3

    • Disposable bioreactor technologies: engineering characterisation and applications
    • Case study: microbial media development
    • Case study: control of substrate concentration during fed-batch operation
    • Fermenter productivity and operating economics

      A networking event will be held on the first night for delegates and speakers.

      Who the course is for

      This course is for scientists and engineers who want to familiarise themselves with fermentation processes.

      Learning outcomes

      After completing this course you should be able to:

      • define different modes of fermentation and know their limitations
      • develop a suitable medium and perform a material balance
      • interpret fermentation data and use it effectively
      • characterise the kinetics of cell growth and how they apply to different cell systems
      • determine fermentation productivity and yields
      • develop a strategy for fermentation process development

      Costs and group bookings

      The standard price for this course is £1,750.

      Special prices are available for groups and SMEs. Contact mbi-training@ucl.ac.uk for more information.

      Course fees include materials, lunches and refreshments. Accommodation isn't included, but details of special rates at nearby hotels will be sent with your registration pack.

      Modular Training for the Bioprocess Industries (MBI®)

      The award-winning MBI® programme is a series of UCL-accredited short courses for people working in the bioprocessing industry. It's designed and delivered in collaboration with over 70 industrial experts.

      The programme provides flexible professional development training. You can choose to take standalone courses or combine them for a Certificate, Diploma or Master's qualification. It complements in-house training by providing broader perspectives for more informed decision-making.

      Courses have so far been delivered to over 900 individuals from more than 300 companies, 30% of which are non-UK, demonstrating its strong international impact.

      MBI® plays a central role in the department's knowledge-transfer activities. This ensures that cutting-edge research is undertaken to capture the value of integrating engineering with complex and fast-moving biology, which helps keep the global industry ahead in manufacturing.

      Benefits of MBI®

      By attending an MBI® course, you'll:

      • benefit from knowledge transfer and upskilling in core bioprocessing fundamentals and trends in industry
      • gain a deeper understanding of process options and engineering constraints
      • acquire the tools to optimise process performance and economics
      • learn about the latest technical and regulatory developments
      • have access to cutting edge research methodologies
      • network with sector leaders and subject matter experts
      • increase your flexibility, motivation, creativity and professional status

      Further information

      There is more information about the MBI® on the Department of Biochemical Engineering's website. If you have questions about fees or how to combine courses for a specific qualification, please email mbi-training@ucl.ac.uk

      Course team

      Dr Frank Baganz - Module Leader

      Dr Frank Baganz - Module Leader

      Frank is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biochemical Engineering at UCL.

      Course information last modified: 8 Dec 2021, 11:49