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MPhil Biocatalysis / Overview

Year of entry: 2018

Degree awarded
12 Months. [Full-Time]
Entry requirements

The standard academic entry requirement will normally be at least an Upper Second UK honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant science or engineering discipline or a first degree with an additional UK Masters degree (or international equivalent). The School may require a First Class honours degree or international equivalent for some research projects. This requirement would be specified at the discretion of the academic supervisor involved.

Full entry requirements

How to apply
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Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MPhil Y Y N N

Programme description

Our research in Biocatalysis focusses on the applied aspects of using enzymes and living cells to manufacture chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food ingredients, and fragrances.  Our research integrates development of new enzymes and whole cell biocatalysts with development and optimisation of the manufacturing processes.  Often, this requires the translation of state-of-the-art chemical reaction systems to biological systems - for example, we use microreactors and neoteric solvents for biocatalytic processes.  We also work on developing a fundamental understanding of biocatalytic processes, using computational, mechanistic and structural enzymology, whilst for whole cell biocatalysts, we use systems biology to understand cellular performance in manufacturing processes.  Our research in biocatalysis is supported by BBSRC, EPSRC, DTI and industry funding.  We also benefit from support from the UK Centre of Excellence in Biocatalysis, which is a research consortium funded by 20 international companies with interests in biocatalytic manufacturing.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2018, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MPhil (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Band A £4,260; Band B £6,750; Band C £8,750; Band D £15,000
    International students (per annum): Band A £22,000; Band B £23,000; Band C £24,000; Band D £27,000
  • MPhil (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Band A £2,130; Band B £3,375; Band C £4,375; Band D £7,750
    International students (per annum): Band A £11,000; Band B £11,500; Band C £12,000; Band D £13,500

Please note for the majority of projects where experimentation requires further resource: higher fee bands (where quoted) will be charged rather than the base rate for supervision, administration and computational costs. The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive and, therefore, you will not be required to pay any additional bench fees or administration costs.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of the course for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your project.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science
Contact name
Mrs Alison Cheslett
+44 (0)161 306 4837
Academic department overview
See: The School .

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