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About the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology is a very dynamic organization that brings together top-notch research in the areas of engineering, chemistry, biology, and physics. We are a diverse group, bringing in the best staff, students, and researchers world-wide, and we encourage applications from exceptional, highly motivated graduates.

We have strong ties with industry and other departments that allows us to conduct world-leading research and are considered ‘Among the Best in the World’ in the QS World University Rankings by Subject.  We offer two PhDs, one in Biotechnology and one in Chemical Engineering, as well as four Master’s courses:  the Master’s in Bioscience Enterprise (MBE); an MPhil in Advanced Chemical Engineering (ACE); the MPhil in Biotechnology; and the MPhil in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, which is a research-based MPhil. We would encourage you to review our courses offered, and if you choose to apply, we would look forward to considering your application.

7 courses offered in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

This is a unique programme for chemical engineers seeking the advanced skills required by companies in which rapid change and working with developments in other disciplines is the norm. The course combines taught work and conventional research.

Students receive an education both in advanced aspects of chemical engineering and in essential areas of engineering administration, such as technology policy, finance and management, and sustainable development. There are aspects designed to develop professional problem-solving skills. Students will also undertake a research project within the University, where they will be required to plan and execute their own work. The projects may include industrial collaboration.

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The MPhil in Bioscience Enterprise (MBE) programme is an intensive, taught science and business course intended for those who have an interest in enterprise and the ambition to found technology companies or take up leadership, executive or consultancy roles in the life sciences sector.

The syllabus comprises a series of interdisciplinary modules covering the commercial exploitation of the latest advances in biotechnology (small molecule and biotherapeutic drug development, medical devices, diagnostics, agbiotech) together with the business expertise and management skills (entrepreneurship, finance, valuation, marketing, strategy, decision-making, healthcare economics, market access, regulatory issues, intellectual property law) associated with bringing scientific opportunities to market. Further to the extensive lecture programme, practical business and management experience is gained through professional practice assignments together with a consulting project and an internship placement, both of which are conducted with host companies.

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The Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology is the world-leading centre for research in the process industries and covers a broad range of topics including healthcare, sustainability, energy, and materials.  Individual academics offer a broad range of topics.

The specifics of any project will dictate the activities of the student.  This can be molecular biology on through quantum mechanics. Please consult our Research Groups page for further information.

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The MPhil in Biotechnology is an intensive multidisciplinary programme that combines taught and research components to provide students with state-of-the-art education at the interface of biology with physical sciences and technology. It is based at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, and benefits from input from other departments and offices within the University as well as a range of industry champions.

The programme provides all-round training covering four key learning areas:

  • core and advanced knowledge,
  • practical skills,
  • research skills, and
  • transferable skills, including business-relevant competences.

Students acquire basic and advanced theoretical knowledge in biotechnology, focussing on core areas as well as learning about the latest technologies in relevant fields. Additionally, they gain practical skills for wet-lab and computer-based work, and develop competences to become business-savvy scientists in the fast-growing biotechnology sector. The programme offers the students the possibility of tailoring their studies to their educational needs and career goals.

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The Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology is the world-leading centre for research in the process industries and covers a broad range of topics, including healthcare, sustainability, energy, and materials. Individual academics offer a broad range of topics.

The specifics of any project will dictate the activities of the student.  This can be molecular biology on through quantum mechanics. Please consult our Research Groups page for further information.

 

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The Department offers a one-year MPhil by research degree that is formally known as the MPhil in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (MPhil CEB).

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology is the world-leading centre for research in the process industries and covers a broad range of topics, including healthcare, sustainability, energy, and materials. Individual academics offer a broad range of topics. Please consult the Research Groups page on the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology website for more details.

 

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This 1+3 years MRes + PhD course aims to train students across the full breadth of topics that encompass modern sensor research. Students will learn about the scientific principles of sensor technologies, their applications in a wide range of areas and the sensor middleware, which includes the processing of sensory data and the networking of sensors. By the end of their PhD students should have become experts in their specific field of sensing while at the same time being able to communicate effectively with sensor developers and users across traditional discipline boundaries. This interdisciplinary programme draws upon taught modules and academic programmes across several departments and institutes at Cambridge University, and is supported by a number of industrial partners.

Subject to passing the MRes in Sensor Technologies and Application and demonstrating the ability to conduct research at PhD level, students will proceed to their interdisciplinary sensor PhD project in one of the many participating departments, including Engineering, Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science and Medicine.

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5 courses also advertised in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

From the Department of Chemistry

This cutting-edge Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Automated Chemical Synthesis Enabled by Digital Molecular Technologies (SynTech) aims to develop a new generation of leaders in synthetic chemistry research with a focus on Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence-driven techniques.

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From the Department of Plant Sciences

This four-year programme provides excellent postgraduate training, addressing the need for trained scientists in strategically important research areas and skills. The DTP programme has four separate research themes addressing the strategic research priorities of BBSRC:

The research topics included in the Cambridge DTP are aimed at improving understanding of basic biological mechanisms, from the study of biological molecules, to cellular and physiological processes, including genetic and genomic approaches. There is an emphasis on multidisciplinary research interfacing with physical sciences and engineering. Biologists learn mathematical and computational methodologies to address biological questions and the programme may interest mathematicians interested in applying their knowledge to biological problems. A major goal of our training programme is to allow the flow of ideas, skills and key capabilities to provide mutual benefit in supporting the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries in the UK.

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From the Department of Physics

The development of new materials lies at the heart of many of the technological challenges we currently face, for example creating advanced materials for energy generation. Computational modelling plays an increasingly important role in the understanding, development and optimisation of new materials.

This four-year doctoral training programme on computational methods for material modelling aims to train scientists not only in the use of existing modelling methods but also in the underlying computational and mathematical techniques. This will allow students to develop and enhance existing methods, for instance by introducing new capabilities and functionalities, and also to create innovative new software tools for materials modelling in industrial and academic research.

The first year of the doctoral training programme is provided by the existing MPhil course in Scientific Computing, which has a research and a taught element, as well as additional training elements. The final three years consist of a PhD research project, with a student-led choice of projects from a large pool contributed by researchers associated with the CDT.

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From the Department of Physics

The PhD programme is based on courses, practicals and projects in year one before selection of an interdisciplinary PhD topic for research in years two through four in a Nano group within Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Materials or another department. A significant element will be a course on "nurturing and managing innovation", delivered through the Maxwell Centre which is the hub of industry–academia interactions in physical sciences in Cambridge.

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From the Department of Physics

The MPhil programme in Scientific Computing is based in the Department of Physics and is a full-time 12-month course which aims to provide education of the highest quality at master’s level. Covering topics of high-performance scientific computing and advanced numerical methods and techniques, it produces graduates with rigorous research and analytical skills, who are well equipped to proceed to doctoral research or directly into employment in industry, the professions, and public service. It also provides training for the academic researchers and teachers of the future, encouraging the pursuit of research in computational methods for science and technology disciplines, thus being an important gateway for entering PhD programmes containing a substantial component of computational modelling.

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Prof J Dennis
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  • 27 Academic Staff
  • 47 Postdoctoral Researchers
  • 171 Graduate Students
  • 181 Undergraduates

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