• Application Deadline
  • 48 months


Biochemical engineering translates life science discoveries into new products and sustainable manufacturing processes. You will acquire the underpinning knowledge needed to produce biopharmaceuticals, make biofuels, manufacture vaccines or grow stem cells for therapy. 

The Engineering (Biochemical) programme taught at University College London (UCL) share a common curriculum of core modules. These are designed to introduce you to biochemical engineering through lectures and tutorials, with a strong emphasis on hands-on learning activities, laboratory and pilot plant experience and immersive activities. Knowledge gained in the fundamentals will be applied to a Design Project for manufacture of a biological product in year three. 

You can choose from a range of options for the MEng year. The final-year project enables students to undertake independent research in a choice of biochemical engineering fields. 


The core science, engineering, business and leadership skills that you acquire will provide you with excellent and diverse career prospects. In addition to your core subject knowledge, the programme will provide you with skills such as innovative thinking, team-working and computing.

The excitement of taking biological advances towards new medicines and greener sustainable processes is creating an ever-growing need for biochemical engineering graduates in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, biofuels, chemical, environment and food industries.

After graduation you will be equipped for a wide range of roles: from conducting research and designing manufacturing facilities to contributing to specific aspects of bioprocess development. Many of our graduates work on managing the multi-million pound investments that produce life science drugs. As this field is new and constantly innovating, many students go on to pursue doctorates, often in collaboration with industry.


The programme is professionally accredited by the Institution of Chartered Engineers (IChemE). It provides the essential entry point to Chartered Engineering Status (CEng), and can be a stepping-stone to leadership roles in research or industry.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

    • Introduction to Biochemical Engineering
    • Fluid Flow and Mixing in Bioprocesses
    • Thermodynamics
    • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    • Bioprocess Analysis
    • Mathematical Modelling and Analysis
    • Design and Professional Practice
    • Integrated Engineering

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                  General Requirements

                  A Levels
                  • Grades - AAA
                  • Subjects - Mathematics required, plus one from Biology, Chemistry or Physics
                  • GCSEs - English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required
                  IB Diploma
                  • Points - 38
                  • Subjects - A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects including Mathematics at grade 6, plus one from Biology, Chemistry or Physics, with no score below 5.
                  International applications - In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes

                  Tuition Fee

                  • International

                    26740 GBP/year
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                    Based on the original amount of 26740 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
                  • EU/EEA

                    9250 GBP/year
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                    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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                  Living costs for London

                  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
                    Living Costs

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                  • Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. 
                  • Several major international companies have established a trust fund with the department. This fund provides five bursaries, each worth at least £1,500, which are open to all applicants.

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