MSc(Eng) Biological and Bioprocess Engineering

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Our courses are taught by experts and supported by links with industry. We blend theory and practice to give you the qualification you need.

Your course is based on our specialist research expertise.

Our reputation attracts ambitious students and researchers from around the world. Our vision wins funding from industry, research councils, government and the EU.

Global companies and local SMEs benefit from our work on the big challenges. And we supply them with generation after generation of talented, ambitious graduates.

Our masters students have access to facilities for sustainable energy processes, safety and risk engineering, carbon capture and utilisation, and biological processes and biomanufacturing.

About the course

Accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers

This course will enable you to 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.

You'll be taught by experts from the departments of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Engineering Materials and Biomedical Science.

Your research project is a major part of the course. This gives you the chance to use your knowledge and get hands-on experience at the forefront of biological engineering. It's assessed by a dissertation and a presentation.

Course content

Four core modules including:

  • Research project
  • Conversion module
  • Three optional modules

Core modules

  • Biopharmaceutical Bioprocessing
  • Biosystems Engineering and Computational Biology
  • Bioanalytical Techniques
  • Research Project

Optional modules

Any three from:

  • Microfluidics
  • Bio-energy
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Tissue Engineering Approaches to Failure in Living Systems
  • Bionanomaterials
  • Stem Cell Biology
  • Proteomics and Bioinformatics

Conversion modules:

  • Principles in Biochemical Engineering or
  • Principles in Biomolecular Sciences


  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Examples classes
  • Coursework assignments


  • Assignments for each module
  • Formal examination of core modules
  • Dissertation
  • Oral presentation of the laboratory-based research project

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Sandra Catalina Prieto Marin, postgraduate student in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Key Facts

Course duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

A good honours degree in science, technology or engineering.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Contact us for current information on available scholarships.

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

How you benefit from our expertise

Our teaching is grounded in specialist research expertise. Our reputation for innovation secures funding from industry, UK research councils, the government and the EU. Industry partners, large and small, benefit from our groundbreaking work addressing global challenges.

You'll have access to top facilities, including modern social spaces, purpose-built labs, the Harpur Hill Research Station for large-scale work, extensive computing facilities and a modern applied science library. There are high-quality research facilities for sustainable energy processes, safety and risk engineering, carbon capture and utilisation, and biological processes and biomanufacturing.

Your career

The course is designed to prepare you for a career in biopharmaceuticals or industrial biotechnology. It's also ideal preparation for a PhD.

Apply now

You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Dr Raman Vaidyanathan
T: +44 (0)114 222 8253