Ph. D. On Campus

Biochemical Engineering and Bioprocess Leadership

University College London (UCL)

48 months
25960 GBP/year
5690 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Biochemical Engineering and Bioprocess Leadership EngD programme from University College London (UCL) provides unique opportunities to explore novel science and engineering in a manufacturing and business context relevant to future careers in the international bioindustry.


The Biochemical Engineering and Bioprocess Leadership EngD programme from University College London (UCL) from will equip graduates with the necessary research skills and commercial and regulatory insights to progress rapidly to leadership positions across the global bioindustry.

Our graduate programmes are internationally recognised and draw on advances in life sciences and the core discipline of biochemical engineering. We maintain close teaching and research links with other highly rated UCL departments and with experts from other departments throughout the UK and overseas, and are also involved in close collaborations with industry. 

This vibrant department leads in the field and offers an exciting graduate training and research environment. Independent assessments confirm the excellence and breadth of the department’s taught programmes (IChemE accredited) and place our research programmes at the forefront of international endeavours.


Excellent and diverse career paths are available for you. Well over one hundred EngD researchers have graduated to date with 97% progressing to relevant bioindustry careers. Many now hold distinguished and senior positions in the bio/pharmaceutical, chemical, cell therapy and personal care product sectors. 

The majority are engaged in bioprocess research and development, equipment and software design and manufacturing. Others have followed management and investment careers in the biotechnology field or have established independent academic careers in universities around the world.

Programme Structure

The programme consists of seven core modules that address research and professional skills specific to the sector:

  • Design of Experiments and Bioprocess Data Mining
  • Biomolecular and Cellular Analysis
  • Pilot Plant Project
  • Pilot Plant Unit Operations
  • Responsible Innovation (RI) in Healthcare
  • Transferable Skills in Bioprocess Research and Development
  • Research Skills
  • There is also a major research project element that provides the basis for year one assessment and progression. The research project is closely related to the cutting-edge research carried out in the department and is performed in collaboration with the industrial sponsor.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


480 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree, or a UK Master's degree, in life or physical sciences or engineering, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Relevant industrial experience can also be considered.
  • If you are intending to apply for a time-limited visa to complete your UCL studies (e.g., Student visa, Skilled worker visa, PBS dependant visa etc.) you may be required to obtain ATAS clearance. This will be confirmed to you if you obtain an offer of a place.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25960 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25960 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    5690 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5690 GBP per year during 48 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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