MEng Program Emphasis

The MEng is an intensive two-year program housed within the Amgen Bioprocessing Center at KGI. The program is designed to train students to become bioprocess engineering professionals employed within the biopharmaceutical industry.

Curriculum and Tracks

Core courses within the MEng program contain workshops and laboratory courses designed to develop technical knowledge and skills in biopharmaceutical process engineering. The curriculum also includes management and regulatory courses so that graduates will have sufficient knowledge in these areas to operate as professionals in the widest variety of corporate settings, and be productive member of teams under all circumstances.

In addition to core coursework, students are assigned to either the engineering or science track, depending on their undergraduate training. Each track contains prerequisite courses that are intended to provide skills in areas that have not been covered by the students in their undergraduate degree courses. For example, students with degrees in life sciences and little to no mathematical and physical sciences will register on the engineering track. Additional courses for these students in their first year will include mathematical techniques for scientists and engineers, foundation courses on transport phenomena, including momentum, mass and heat. In contrast, students who join the course program with degrees in chemical and mechanical engineering will take additional courses in basic biology and biochemistry in the first year of the MEng program.

Most semester courses are 1.5 credits. A typical 1.5 credit course consists of approximately 24 contact hours plus 60-70 hours for tutorials, small team assignments, course work, seminars, tests, revisions and private study. The schematic below shows the breakdown of the major components within the program.

Meng Course Credits

 

Courses Credits (Year 1+2)
Biopharmaceutical processing 19.5
Capstone Design Project (TDP) 12
Quality & Regulatory CMC 6
Life Sciences 6
Professional 6
Foundational (prerequisites) 4.5
Options 6
Total (Year 1+2) 66

 

Advising and Corporate Mentoring:

All students will be assigned two advisors to guide their academic and professional career development. The first is an academic advisor from the bioprocessing faculty, who will provide advice and guidance on each student’s academic progress. The second advisor is an industry mentor, typically a bioprocess engineering faculty with considerable industry experience or a professional affiliated with the Amgen Bioprocessing Center. The industry mentor will provide career advice and professional networking guidance. All students will work with their advisors to create an individual development plan that will help guide students from matriculation at KGI through graduation.

**WASC Approved