Biopharmaceutical Process Development EngD

48 months full time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £4,320 - £9,420
International: full time £14,890 - £19,940

Fees vary according to the exact nature of the research project.
More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

The Engineering Doctorate (EngD) programme in Biopharmaceutical Process Development is an innovative and highly prestigious programme, offering 12 students a year the opportunity to study for a doctoral level degree in an industrial environment.

Delivered by University's The Biopharmaceutical Bioprocessing Technology Centre (BBTC).  The BBTC contains both bioscientists and bioengineers who are at the forefront of a field that is constantly breaking new ground. 

This four year programme adopts an interdisciplinary research philosophy that will build upon your previous background, combining professional and technical skills training with industry-based research.

Using state-of-the-art information systems, you will enhance your understanding of the impact of process design and operation on performance, enabling you to build quality into the design of a process and product.

Biologists, chemists and engineers working together will acquire an understanding of the business environment and will deliver significant technological advances to the UK biopharmaceutical industry.


During the first semester you will be based at Newcastle and take a number of taught modules. In Semester Two you will begin your research project and will predominantly be based with your industry sponsor, returning to Newcastle approximately every six weeks to take further modules in years one, two and three.

In year four, you complete your research project and participate in the bio-apprentice module. For this module you are divided into competing teams and are tasked with finding solutions to 'real-life' business world scenarios. For example, how to market a new product or how to win a contract as a contract manufacturing organisation (CMO).

Module options are tailored to meet your needs based on the research projects and your previous background.

Find out more detailed information about the suite of modules available at Newcastle University

You also have the option of taking a number of specialist technical modules at the University of Birmingham.

The topic of your research project(s) will vary depending on the company you are working with, however your project will normally fit within three broad research themes:

  • Measurement, data and knowledge management
  • Systems analysis and building process representations
  • Enhanced development and operational strategies.

A full list of current research projects is available on the Biopharmaceutical Bioprocessing Technology Centre (BBTC) website.

+Entrance Requirements

Normally, an upper-second-class Integrated Master's or MEng degree, or an Honours degree plus Master’s degree (merit or distinction) in a relevant science or engineering discipline, or an international equivalent. You should also have high levels of numeracy and computer aptitude.

We will consider applicants with lower entry qualifications on an individual basis if they possess significant relevant industrial experience. Entry is subject to successful interview.

Applicants whose first language is not English normally require IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 90 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent. 

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

UK and EU students - there are 12 EPSRC studentships available each year. A full studentship covers tuition fees and an annual tax free stipend (living allowance) of circa £19,000.

EU and International students - two studentships funded by Newcastle University are available each year.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

There is no closing date for this programme. However, international students applying for September 2014 entry should apply by Friday 11 July 2014 to ensure that they have time to put appropriate arrangements in place.

This is a prestigious programme and only those candidates who have submitted a well-written and relevant application will be invited for formal interview. Places are limited and offers will be made on the basis of a candidate's performance at the interview stage.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:

Roseanne Robertson
Biopharmaceutical Bioprocessing Technology Centre
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5206

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Biopharmaceutical and Process Development