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Biochemical Engineering at UCL is an interdisciplinary subject which has as its primary focus the fundamental issues that underpin the translation of biological discoveries, such as new kinds of advanced medicines, into practical outcomes. In this way biochemical engineers can contribute immensely to improving the quality of life. In the next decade and beyond, the contributions of biochemical engineers to the national and international community will be vital not only in the area of new medicines but also for more nutritious foods, novel materials from renewable sources and improved approaches to reducing and dealing with environmental pollution.
The Department of Biochemical Engineering at UCL is the largest university department of its kind in the UK; its graduate degree programmes lead to qualifications which are internationally recognised. Taught Master’s programmes and research study programmes in the department draw on knowledge and methods derived from a range of disciplines, including biochemistry, microbiology and molecular biology as well as the core discipline of biochemical engineering in which the foundation subjects are applied and integrated.
There are close teaching and research links with over 100 scientists and engineers working in other departments at UCL, including Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Computer Science, Physics and Astronomy, Surgery (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Unit), Electronic and Electrical Engineering and Chemical Engineering, together with experts from other departments throughout the UK and overseas. A collaboration with the London Business School in the establishment of a Science Enterprise Centre now allows the integration of technical and business skills at all levels. Links with industry are exceptionally close, with leading industrialists contributing to teaching and research programmes.
These interactions with a range of disciplines and companies help to create a vibrant department at the forefront of the field, and create an exciting environment for graduate training and research. Various independent assessments have confirmed the excellence and breadth of the department’s taught programmes (IChemE Accreditation Exercise) and placed the research programmes at the forefront of international endeavours (Research Assessment Exercise 5*A rating).
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