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University College London - Biotechnology Courses for Students
UCL, Univeristy College London, is a world renowned educational insitute with multi-disciplinary focus. Located in London (United Kingdom), UCL has consistently been ranked amongst best universities of the world. In 2014, UCL was ranked joint 5th in the world's top ten universities by the QS World University Rankings (2014).

University College London (UCL) was first established in the year of 1862 and since then has acted as one of the top universities in the London city and the general domain of UK. With world class faculties, students from every corner of the globe and state of the art courses and campus, this university has managed to remain amongst the top for every student who aims for success. It has large number of undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate and research options in numerous courses, each with its own faculties and departments. With research partnerships in over 300 overseas universities, UCL has managed to bring in students from more than 150 nations and promotes study experiences abroad as part of the curriculum. 

Nobel Prizes have been awarded to  29 people who are or were students or academics at UCL. In 2014, John O'Keefe was awarded Nobel Prize in Medicine, for his ground-breaking joint research on “Discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain”
As a matter of fact, 11 UCL Honorary Graduates and Fellows have also been awarded Nobel Prizes.
Biotechnology at UCL (University College London)
The courses related to Life Sciences/Biotechnology at UCL are:
a. Undergraduate courses
One can get admission to these courses right after completion of College (in UK terms) or Senior Secondary School (or 12th in Indian terms).
Degree options:
A. BSc : 3 years
B. MSci : 4 years
C. BEng : 3 years
D. MEng : 4 years
b. Graduate Research courses
One can get admission to these courses after completion of his/her undergraduate and/or masters studies, with future focus on research.
Degree options:
A. MPhil
B. PhD
C. Doctorates
c. Graduate Taught courses
One can get admission to these courses after completion of his/her undergraduate studies with an aim to strenghten their academic profile over and above the undergraduate degree(s).
Degree options:
A. MSc/PG Diploma : 1 year
B. MRes : 1 year
Following is a summary of various degrees and specific fields in which you can pursue a course at UCL.

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For details on Undergraduate courses, please refer:
For details on Graduate Taught courses, please refer:
 For details on Graduate Research courses, please refer:

Admission Criteria

a. UG courses
The admission requirements of most of the UG courses (BSc, BEng, MSci, MEng) discussed above, are similar. The minimum eligible qualification requirement for enrolling in the course(s) is different for different countries (in accordance with their Education System). 

Following are the details for BSc Biotechnology courseat UCL:

For A Levels
Grades: AAA
Subjects: Chemistry required plus one from Biology, Mathematics or Physics.
AS Levels: For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs: English Language and Mathematics at grade B. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at:

For IB Diploma

Points: 38

Subjects: A total of 18 points in three higher level subjects including Chemistry at grade 6, and one subject from Biology, Mathematics or Physics, with no score below 5.

For Indian Students

Indian applicants must ensure that they have been awarded with one of the following:
  • Successful completion of one year of a Bachelor Degree at an Indian university recognised by UCL, with an average of 75% or the First Class/Division.

  • The Year 12/Standard 12 Indian School Certificate, with 95% or above when awarded from CISCE or CBSE.
Study must contain subjects relevant to the programme of study at UCL.

Average intake for BSc Biotech at UCL goes around (90-95 seats). For further details on this course: CLICK HERE
For details pertaining to other UG courses, PLEASE CLICK HERE

b. Graduate taught courses
The admission requirements of most of the Graduate taught courses (MSc, MRes) discussed above, are also mostly similar. The minimum eligible qualification requirement for enrolling in these course(s) is also different for different countries (in accordance with their Education System). 

Following are the details for MSc Biochemical Engineering course at UCL:

For UK Students
  • Normal entry requirements are at least a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or the equivalent from an approved overseas institution.

  • Candidates offering recent industrial experience are also encouraged to apply. 

  • As with any engineering discipline numeracy skills are important for the quantitative description of biological and physical phenomena. Evidence of numerical ability is requested as either an A level in Mathematics (or in exceptional cases, in Physics) or some mathematics studied at university. 

  • The department provides mathematics tutoring for Master's students throughout the year adjusted to a candidate's ability.
For Indian Students
  • A Bachelor's degree with an overall mark of 60% in the First Class/Division and above. The overall mark required is also dependent on the subject and the ranking of the institution at which the degree has been taken. The rankings published by India Today may be used as a guide.
Alternative qualifications

Master's; Medical / Dental degree; MPhil/PhD

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c. Graduate research courses
The graduate research courses at UCL are one of the most sought after courses for students across the globe. A full-time PhD often spans around 3 years at UCL. Following are the minimum eligibility requirements for PhD in Biochemical Engineering at UCL:

For UK/Related Students
A UK Master’s degree, or a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree, in a relevant discipline, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

For Indian Students

A Bachelor's degree with an overall mark of 65% in the First Class/Division and above.

The overall mark required is also dependent on the subject and the ranking of the institution at which the degree has been taken.

The rankings published by India Today may be used as a guide.

Alternative qualifications

Master's; Medical / Dental degree; MPhil/PhD

For further details about PhD in Biochemical Engineering at UCL, please refer: ( )
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UCL has a lot of world class courses including its bachelor degree in Biotechnology which is ranked as one of the best in the world. For students wishing to pursue a degree in biotechnology which allows them to be guided and tutored using cutting edge technology and hands on expert faculty with special emphasis on practical application can now find it at UCL. This course is designed to hone the skills in fields of genetics, biochemistry, chemistry as well as biochemical engineering and encourages students to take up advanced research in this phenomenal discipline which works right at the edge of marvelous discoveries in current scientific world. With a UCL biotechnology bachelors degree, this career stream becomes exciting and students get the maximum exposure to career opportunities in this stream.

The Degree Details

Undergraduate Courses
- C700 Biochemistry BSc 3 years
- C901 Biological Sciences  MSci 4 years
- C900 Biological Sciences BSc 3 years
- B990 Biomedical Sciences BSc 3 years
- CN72 Bioprocessing of New Medicines (Business and Management) BSc 3 years
- B190 Bioprocessing of New Medicines (Science and Engineering) BSc 3 years
- C560 Biotechnology BSc 3 years

Graduate Courses

- The Biosciences MRes
- Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering MSc
- Synthetic Biology MRes
- Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Drug Discovery MRes
- Neuroscience MSc
- Drug Design MSc
- Genetics of Human Disease MSc
- Cell and Gene Therapy MSc
- Molecular Medicine MSc
- Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Drug Discovery MSc
- Nanotechnology MSc
- Pharmacognosy MSc

Scholarship applications for 2013-14 will start to open from mid-December. For full-time and part-time students your tuition fee will normally be quoted on your offer letter. You must pay at least 50% of your tuition fee before or at enrolment to be fully enrolled, or provide a letter of sponsorship indicating who should be invoiced for your fees.

Fee Schedule 2013-2014 -

Under UCL regulations, in the first instance, full-time research students are required to register for an MPhil degree for not less than nine months after initial registration,  and must then fulfil academic requirements to upgrade to PhD degree.

Part-time research degree students are required to register for an MPhil degree for a minimum of fifteen months after initial registration for part-time students and must then fulfil academic requirements to upgrade to PhD degree.

UCL acknowledges biochemical engineering as one of the integral part of the degree program, encompassing courses in this in all three years of the program. The first year basically has some compulsory subjects related to the stream while the second year has some compulsory courses and options to choose electives from a wide range of choices in limited numbers. The optional flexibility is enlarged in year three that focuses majorly on individual research projects under the university. UCL offers a unique option to its undergraduate biotechnology students for a year of hands on experience. Students can opt for an additional year to work in world class research facilities or industrial laboratories immediately after the second year and return for their researches after the year long valuable experience. This flexibility makes the course a delight for biotech undergrads as they both gain education and industry experience.

Biotechnology being more of a practical research subject, a student spends equal time in various laboratories and classes. UCL has both wet and dry laboratories for either handling chemicals, materials related to biotechnology or otherwise doing simulations and tests. Lectures, group tutorials, e-learning modules are all integrated in the coursework. UCL boasts of a computer graphics facility, a host of fermenters meant for cell culture and facilities to do biomolecular structure analysis.

The Entry Requirements

UCL has strict entry requirements for its undergrad course in Biotechnology yet has flexibility in terms of minimum requirements depending on the study background and nation of the applicant. In the A levels, UCL asks a minimum of AAA  with major as Chemistry and any one subject out of Mathematics, Physics or Biology along with pass grade in any other subject at the AS level or its equivalent. It also has some subject criteria to be met at the GCSE level and it also offers opportunities to meet the set criteria after enrollment in the program. The IB diploma points are set at 38 with six points being the minimum in trio of Chemistry and any two higher level subjects and not less than five in the rest of the subjects. For students outside UK a list of accepted qualifications is also mentioned. UCL offers applicants a preparatory foundation course for one year which helps students from abroad to become prepared to meet the tough curricular requirements of the UCL degree program. UCL offers University Preparatory Certificates to the various ambitious students from all parts of the world who wish to shine in academics at the UCL Biotechnology degree program or any other UK universities. For the applicants to be admitted into the choice programs, UCL acknowledges A levels and the International Baccalaureate along with a list of other international academic qualifications thus making it a truly versatile admission program from which all types of students can benefit. Applicants must also have to satisfy the English language Requirements if applicable for UCL degree.

Application Procedure and Selections

UCL recognizes applications only made through the UCAS which is Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All information is available at the school or colleges of the supplicants residing in UK and proper guidance in this regard is available there. But for people who are not residents of UK or have left school can get all the info from UCAS directly.

UCL follows a very comprehensive method of candidate screening process which involves an analysis of the self motivation capabilities, smartness, interest quotient in pursuit of science and research as well as organizational skills  of the applicant and not just a mere grade basis selection practice. If selected the candidates may be called for a direct personal interview, if the applicant is a resident of UK. Debating society involvement, projects and seminars undertaken by the applicant also play a role in the selection process. Written exercise during interviews is optional and is informed to candidates prior to interviews. Non residents of UK are chosen purely on the basis of the given application and candidates should try to convey their deep interest in following challenging scientific research in the applications preferably.

Environment and Opportunities

UCL has a vibrant campus culture revolving around academic glory, scientific pursuits and overall dynamism of students. With this degree, UCL students see massive career opportunities in pharmaceutical sectors, food and agriculture industries as well as in organizations dedicated to environmental development. Financial help is also available for degrees for students at UCL and all information regarding the detail fee structure and scholarship options are given in the home site of UCL. A plethora of accommodation options are available for students from all over the world along with a friendly and tolerant study atmosphere for everyone.
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