Taught course

Biochemical Engineering

University of Birmingham · Department of Chemical Engineering

Entry requirements

You will normally need a good Honours degree in Chemical Engineering or Bioscience (including Biochemistry and Microbiology) or related disciplines. Applications are also invited from good Honours degree graduates in Food Science/Technology and Environmental Science as well as Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering and other science disciplines such as Chemistry

Months of entry


Course content

Biochemical Engineering concerns the use of biological organisms or processes by manufacturing industries. It is a multidisciplinary subject, requiring the integration of engineering and bioscience knowledge. If you are interested in pursuing a career in biochemical engineering, biotechnology or bioprocessing, then this programme will provide you with the basic knowledge and skills required.
Chemical Engineering is dynamic and evolving. It provides many solutions to problems facing industries in the pharmaceutical, biotechnological, oil, energy and food and drink sectors. It is vital to many issues affecting our quality of life; such as better and more economical processes to reduce the environmental burden, and more delicious and longer lasting food due to the right combination of chemistry, ingredients and processing.
The MSc is a 12-month full-time advanced course, comprising lectures, laboratory work, short experimental projects and a research project. You will take an introductory module, four core modules, and then choose 50 credits of optional themed modules. The course can also be taken on a part-time basis. The Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) lasts for 8 months from the end of September until June.
For the first eight months you will have lectures, tutorials and laboratory work. Topics include:
  • Fermentation and cell culture
  • Bioseparations
  • Process monitoring and control
  • Systems and synthetic biology approaches
  • Biopharmaceutical development and manufacture
The programme is strongly design-orientated and you complete a full process plant design exercise. You also have practical experience of working in the newly refurbished pilot plant of the Biochemical Engineering building. From June to September you gain research training on your own project attached to one of the teams working in the bioprocessing research section.

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If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Information for international students

International students can find further details of scholarships at www.international.birmingham.ac.uk/scholarships

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
8 months
part time
16 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005