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MSc(Eng) Biological and Bioprocess Engineering

University of Sheffield    Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Full time September MSc 1 year full time

About the course

The emerging multi-discipline of bioscience is central to providing affordable and sustainable sources of energy, food and medicine. This course provides you with the essential skills for a career in bioindustry or for further advanced research.

Course description

Develop the essential skills for a career in bioindustry or for further advanced research in next-horizon biotechnologies. You’ll learn from world-class researchers, including staff from Biomedical Science and Materials Science and Engineering. Our graduates work in biotechnology, biopharmaceutical and bioprocess organisations.

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Entry Requirements

A good honours degree in science, technology or engineering.

Entry requirements for international students

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Other English language qualifications we accept


Home (2022 annual fee) : £13,000
Overseas (2022 annual fee) : £26,200

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Student Profile(s)

Kate Royle

I wanted to continue studying but with an interdisciplinary approach as I believe that is where the most exciting biological research is currently. The course at Sheffield provided me with an excewllent introduction to the hottest topics in bioengineering such as strem cell biology, tissue engineering nd biopharmaceutical bioprocessing.

Christina J Vanhinsbergh

Christina J Vanhinsbergh studied the MSc Biological and Bioprocess Engineering in the deparmtent. Christina is now a Senior Scientist at AstraZeneca.

Why did you decide to study the BBE course?

I decided that learning about biotechnology concepts with an integrated engineering mindset would be beneficial to my future career, as I aimed to progress into industry. I felt the courses offered on the MSc program would introduce me to industry relevant techniques and teach me more biotechnological skills within the laboratory.

What did you enjoy about the MSc?

I really enjoyed the experimental research project, which encompasses a third of the MSc grade. I had noted during previous research that specific analysis techniques were ubiquitous across different industries, so chose a project focussing on high performance liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry analysis of glycoproteins. I feel that the skills I gained during my research project paved the way for my progression into my PhD research.

Do you think the MSc set you up with the skills to move into employment?

I moved into a development scientist role once I had completed my MSc studies and found many of the computational biology skills relevant to my work. I was able to write simple computer data analysis programs to make my job at the company easier. After a short term at the company, I was offered a PhD position at the University of Sheffield and found myself back in the same lab as I had been in whilst doing my MSc experimental research project.

Any advice for people taking this course?

My advice for prospective students would be to arm yourself with some prior knowledge about your courses and choose the optional modules you think will be directly relevant to your future career plans. The foundational knowledge you gain during your studies will help with later job applications and also guide you into your next steps (either further postgraduate studies or what employment positions to apply for).

What's in the future for you now?

I will be finishing my PhD studies within the next year or so and will transition into industrial analysis of biotherapeutics as a career path.

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