University of Birmingham

Master in Biochemical Engineering - Máster en Ingeniería Bioquímica

University of Birmingham
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  • Imparte:
  • Modalidad:
    Presencial en Birmingham
  • Precio:
    £7,200 (Home/EU students)
    £18,900 (International students)
  • Comienzo:
    Septiembre 2017
  • Lugar:
    Birmingham B15 2TT
    Reino Unido
  • Duración:
    1 Año
  • Idioma:
    El Curso se imparte en Inglés
  • Titulación:
    Biochemical Engineering Masters/MSc/Diploma
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    Many everyday products are generated using biological processes. Foods such as bread, yoghurt and beer rely upon microscopic organisms to generate their structure and flavour. Many drugs are made using cells, such as insulin used to treat diabetes and many anticancer chemotherapy drugs. In the future, more products will be made using biological processes as they are typically ‘greener’ than traditional chemical processes – they are less energy intensive and generate fewer harmful chemical by-products. Biological processes are also responsible for many environmentally-friendly biofuels, which aim to reduce fossil fuel use.

    Biological processes are key to many UK companies, from small contract manufacturers of protein and DNA drugs to large companies making fuels, commodity chemicals, foods and plastics. Biochemical engineering is an area that is essential to UK, European and Worldwide industrial development.


    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.

    Learn more about entry requirements

    International students
    We accept a range of qualifications from different countries


    Introductory modules
    Entry level graduates initially follow special conversion-course lectures in either process engineering or biological science topics, depending on their first degree. Students may attend both modules if they wish, but will only be examined on one.
    Process engineering fundamentals
    This module introduces students from a non-chemical engineering background to the fundamental aspects of process engineering. The ideas and skills developed during the module are essential for anyone planning to work in the process industries. The module starts with material and energy balances and then looks at fluid flow, heat and mass transfer and reactor design. The mathematical skills required for this and subsequent modules will be developed through tutorials.
    Bioscience for Engineers
    If you have not studied biological science during your first degree then this module is for you. Topics include: biochemistry, cell structure and characterisation, bioenergetics, fundamental molecular biology, cell signalling, histology and physiology. This module will also address the practical application of aseptic techniques and other methods for the handling, manipulation and containment of biological material. Many of the areas and concepts covered in this module will be developed further in subsequent modules.
    Core modules
    Cell Factories – 20 credits
    Bioseparations – 20 credits
    Frontiers in Interdisciplinary Bioscience – 10 credits
    Bioreaction Engineering – 10 credits
    Summer research project (MSc only) – 60 credits
    Optional themed modules – choice of 50 credits (MSc and Diploma)
    Modules from different themes can be combined within timetabling constraints. All modules are offered subject to sufficient enrolled students. All module descriptions are provisional and subject to minor change.
    Biopharmaceutical Theme
    Plant design and manufacturing principles in (bio) pharmaceutical production – 10 credits
    From bench to market: the development of pharmaceutical drug products – 10 credits
    Design and development of drug delivery systems – 10 credits
    Process engineering design project – 20 credits
    Business Studies Theme
    Marketing and total quality management – 10 credits
    Business methods, economics and strategy – 10 credits
    Effective project management – 10 credits
    Food Engineering Theme
    Food flavour – 10 credits
    Developing food structure through thermal processing – 10 credits
    Hygienic food processing – 10 credits
    Food Chain Security – 10 credits
    Pest Management and Cleaning Systems – 10 credits
    Chemical contamination of food and water – 10 credits
    Sustainability in the Food Industry – 10 credits
    Food Structure and the Consumer – 10 credits

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