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Bioprocess Engineering MSc

Course code

H831

Start date

September

Subject area

Chemical Engineering

Mode of study

1 year full-time

Fees

2020/21

UK / EU £9,370

International £19,280

Entry requirements

2:2

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Overview

This programme requires International students who need a Tier 4 visa to obtain an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate. Because there is not enough time to get this and get a visa before the September 2019 entry point we are unfortunately not able to take any further applications for September 2019 from International students who will require a Tier 4 visa. Any interested applicants should instead apply for the next entry point after September 2019. For further information on ATAS and the visa process please see:

https://www.brunel.ac.uk/international/visas-and-immigration/Making-a-Tier-4-visa-application

Home, EU or International applicants who do not need a Tier 4 visa are welcome to apply for September 2019.

Our Bioprocess Engineering MSc degree is an innovative course that has been developed to equip you with advanced and up-to-date knowledge in the bioprocessing field.

The focus is on providing you with a broad understanding of modern bioprocesses used in production, design and research. It covers the core biochemical engineering topics in depth and integrates all practical aspects relevant to bioprocess design and operation through the novel toolbox modules - project management; bioprocess safety; intellectual property; environmental, health and safety risks; sustainability - to produce well-rounded and sought after bioprocess engineers with a detailed insight into industrially relevant processes in biopharma and food industries and their integration.

Your practical sessions will be based in the facilities of the Advanced Bioprocessing Centre where you’ll have access to four dedicated laboratories including a purpose-built, explosion-proof, pilot-scale lab. The latest industry standard engineering software packages are available for you to use in the computing facility.

Our bioprocess engineering course has been developed in conjunction with accreditation guidelines of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). It is studied full-time over one year.

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

You’ll take the taught modules in the first two terms and then move on to your dissertation. The dissertation will be an industrially relevant, interdisciplinary bioprocess design project requiring about four months of full-time effort.

This course can be studied 1 year full-time, starting in September.

Year 1

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Careers and your future

Brunel’s pioneering chemical engineering courses have been designed in close collaboration with the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) accreditation body to prepare you for an exciting and rewarding career in one of the fastest growing engineering disciplines.

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UK entry requirements

  • 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree, or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification, in an engineering or science subject. Other qualifications with relevant work experience will be assessed on an individual basis.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6 (min 5.5 in all areas)
  • Pearson: 51 (51 in all sub scores)
  • BrunELT: 60% (min 55% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 79( min R18, L17, S20, W17)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2020/21

UK / EU

£9,370 full-time

International

£19,280 full-time

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase. 

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Teaching and Learning

Our bioprocess engineering postgraduate degree is delivered by cross-disciplinary staff with recent industrial experience. This means you’ll be learning from an enthusiastic teaching team with deep knowledge of the chemical process industry. There will also be guest lectures from our industrial collaborators, and site visits to process plants are arranged.

Study will combine lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions, computing workshops, debates, directed self-study, and project work. Flipped classrooms and virtual reality approaches will be incorporated into the teaching.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

Your progress will be assessed by a balance of coursework and examinations. Assessments range from written laboratory reports and exams to group project work and presentations.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.