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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

The 2021-22 MPhil Biotech cohort stood outside the department building

The programme

The MPhil in Biotechnology is an 11-month full-time programme, running from October to August, which combines taught and research elements to provide students with state-of-the-art education at the interface of biology with the physical sciences and technology. 

Training for the biotech sector and beyond

The programme provides sound academic education and keeps in view employers' needs and the skills gap in the biotech sector. It allows the students to acquire fundamental knowledge, explore current trends, learn about the latest advances, and develop practical and research skills in biotechnology. It also gives students the opportunity to improve a range of transferable skills, including business-related competences. We aim to train scientists that have commercial awareness and a degree of multilingualism to be able to communicate effectively with a range of stakeholders in a business setting.

World-renowned interdisciplinary expertise

The programme draws on the world-class research and teaching expertise in biotechnology-related areas at the University of Cambridge. It is primarily based at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (CEB) but is tightly coupled to other departments within the University, including EngineeringPhysics, Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, ChemistryMaterials Sciences and Metallurgy, Plant Sciences, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Genetics, which contribute to teaching and/or host research projects in the respective areas of expertise. The programme also relies on close links with industry champions.