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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology


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 tightly coupled to other departments within the University (e.g. Engineering, Physics, Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Plant Sciences, Biochemistry, and Genetics), which contribute to teaching and host research projects in the respective areas of expertise in a truly multidisciplinary configuration. The programme also relies on close links with industry champions.

The MPhil in Biotechnology has been designed to provide all-round training covering four key areas: core and advanced knowledge, practical skills, research skills, and business-relevant knowledge and skills. We equip our students with basic and advanced theoretical knowledge in biotechnology, focussing on core areas as well as giving them the opportunity to immerge in one of the world's leading research universities and learn about the latest advances in the field.

In addition to theoretical knowledge, we ensure that our students acquire the necessary practical skills in biotechnology both for wet-laboratory and computer-based work. Throughout the programme, significant emphasis is put on the development of research skills, including critical thinking, documenting and reporting, academic writing and communication, and research management. The fast-paced, demanding and competitive environment in which biotechnology research and commercialisation takes place calls for business-savvy scientists, be it in academia or industry. Our programme offers a range of opportunities for students to acquire business-relevant knowledge and skills. Overall, our goal is to produce graduates with fundamental and advanced understanding of biotechnology that have the necessary skillset and business acumen to become future leaders in biotechnology either in academic or industrial settings.

The four key learning areas of the programme are covered by a range of complementary elements (please refer to details on the programme structure).