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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. 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, digital health, diagnostics, biotech) together with the business expertise and management skills (entrepreneurship, finance, valuation, partnerships and alliances, 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 interdisciplinary 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 competencies 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 through to 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 sensor technologies and to develop responsible leaders who are able to develop and deploy such technologies in the interest of society, academia, and the economy. Students will learn about the scientific principles of sensor technologies and their applications in a wide range of areas related to healthcare and sustainable environments, societies and economies. Processing of sensory data will play an important part in the course, and transforming data into information that supports decision making and policy. 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 the 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 School of the Biological Sciences

The Cambridge Bioscience DTP is a four year PhD programme that aims to create highly skilled and employable people. The programme offers training across 21 University Departments and 5 Partner Institutes providing access to a wide range of research areas related to the strategic themes of the BBSRC.

During the programme, students will undertake two ten-week rotations in different labs before commencing their PhD. They will receive training in a variety of areas including but not limited to statistics, programming, ethics, data analysis, scientific writing and public engagement. Students will also undertake a 12-week internship (PIPS). Students will be expected to submit their thesis at the end of the fourth year and no further write-up period will be allowed.

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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

This MRes+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 innovation training and industry engagement including courses on Nurturing and Managing Innovation in Science, Integrating nanomaterials and devices to build systems, and on Responsible Innovation.

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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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