UCL Biochemical Engineering Interview March 2013

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The interview's in the first week of March. It is my first uni interview. I applied with really crap grades from A level (I'm re-sitting this year) but I believe my personal statement demonstrated a great deal of interest and achievements.

I was wondering if anyone of you have ANY tips at all for me? What questions do you believe I will get? Any other tips?

Thanks a bunch in advance!
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(Original post by Vincentspawn)
The interview's in the first week of March. It is my first uni interview. I applied with really crap grades from A level (I'm re-sitting this year) but I believe my personal statement demonstrated a great deal of interest and achievements.

I was wondering if anyone of you have ANY tips at all for me? What questions do you believe I will get? Any other tips?

Thanks a bunch in advance!

Oh how didn't I see this thread haha I found it on a google search..

guess too late now.

but for future reference you need to know what biochemical engineering is, the possible areas you can work in and of course some idea of what a bio reactor is.
I was asked how might proteins be extracted from the cells inside a bioreactor.

how was the interview?
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Hey,
Would you be able to tell me how it went? What did they ask you?
And was the style of the interview formal/informal?
My interview is tomorrow :/

Thanks for your help!
I just got an offer for biochemical engineering today! And interview really just asks what makes you different from the other candidates, what you know about it, if you're motivated enough and why you chose UCL
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Mine was informal.
If its a compulsory applicant day or what ever they call it this week then it will be the similar.

They didnt want to test me they wanted to see if I know what the course is about and to get some idea about me,
what I wanted to do in the future and what I do now.


The less you talk, the shorter your replys, the more questions they will ask.
If you talk and ask questions yourself then they will not ask much.
Infact I would advise you to have a question ready that you cant answer from reading their website.

Good luck let us know how it goes.
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Good luck to anyone. UCL is epic, hope you get there too.
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Mine was informal.
If its a compulsory applicant day or what ever they call it this week then it will be the similar.

They didnt want to test me they wanted to see if I know what the course is about and to get some idea about me,
what I wanted to do in the future and what I do now.


The less you talk, the shorter your replys, the more questions they will ask.
If you talk and ask questions yourself then they will not ask much.
Infact I would advise you to have a question ready that you cant answer from reading their website.

Good luck let us know how it goes.
Hi, Ive got an offer for biochemical engineering too. I would like to ask how much biology is in the course. Thanks.
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Hi, Ive got an offer for biochemical engineering too. I would like to ask how much biology is in the course. Thanks.
3 or 4 of these sound like biology focus units but it seems most of it is engineering

Year One
Compulsory courses
Bioprocess Engineering
Chemistry for Biologists
Fluid Flow and Mixing in Bioprocesses
General Biochemistry
Introduction to Biochemical Engineering
Thermodynamics

Optional courses
Either:
Elementary Mathematics for Engineers
Or:
Mathematics for Engineers 1

Year Two
Compulsory courses
Biochemistry for Biochemical Engineers
Bioprocess Recovery and Purification
Evaluation and Planning of Business Opportunities in Bioprocessing and Life Sciences
Fermentation and Bioreactor Engineering
Heat and Mass Transfer in Bioprocesses
Process Engineering

Optional courses
Either:
Mathematics for Engineers 1
Or:
Mathematics for Engineers 2

Final Year
Compulsory courses
Bioprocess Plant Design
Business Planning in Bioprocessing and Life Sciences
Project Appraisal for Bioprocessing
Microbial Genetics & Molecular Biology for Biochemical Engineers
Biochemical Reaction Engineering
Computer Aided Bioprocess Engineering

Optional courses
You will select 0.5 credits from a wide range of options.
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I've applied for Biochemical Engineering for next year and I have a compulsory applicant day today. Will there be an interview? It doesn't mention an interview on the itinerary, but you never know... And if anyone went, how good is the course? All the surveys are pretty damning...
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I've applied for Biochemical Engineering for next year and I have a compulsory applicant day today. Will there be an interview? It doesn't mention an interview on the itinerary, but you never know... And if anyone went, how good is the course? All the surveys are pretty damning...
Hi I've been invited to one on Wednesday? How did yours go? What sort of questions did they ask you? I'm really nervous for mine!
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Hi I've been invited to one on Wednesday? How did yours go? What sort of questions did they ask you? I'm really nervous for mine!
It was all pretty informal, had a group challenge, looked around their set of labs, had a 10 minute chat with a professor. He asked what I thought I would get in my exams, why chemical engineering, why their course, why UCL. If you've got an interview now, I'm guessing you're an Oxbridge or Medicine applicant with a predicted grade above AAA, so they should give you an offer. They told us we were all getting offers pretty much, the interviews were just to make sure we were suited to the course.
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I've applied for Biochemical Engineering for next year and I have a compulsory applicant day today. Will there be an interview? It doesn't mention an interview on the itinerary, but you never know... And if anyone went, how good is the course? All the surveys are pretty damning...
If you really want to study biochemical engineering there is very little choice so i would ignore any survey. Alternatively you can study chemical engineering as there is more choice and then take biochemical masters
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It was all pretty informal, had a group challenge, looked around their set of labs, had a 10 minute chat with a professor. He asked what I thought I would get in my exams, why chemical engineering, why their course, why UCL. If you've got an interview now, I'm guessing you're an Oxbridge or Medicine applicant with a predicted grade above AAA, so they should give you an offer. They told us we were all getting offers pretty much, the interviews were just to make sure we were suited to the course.

Ah that's good, doesn't sound too bad? What was the group activity? Was it tricky?
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If you really want to study biochemical engineering there is very little choice so i would ignore any survey. Alternatively you can study chemical engineering as there is more choice and then take biochemical masters
I would like to do biochemical, but I will settle for chemical specialising in biochemical, as are my other options.
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Ah that's good, doesn't sound too bad? What was the group activity? Was it tricky?
He gave us a sheet of paper in groups of 4 or 5 with info on flu vaccines, and told us to work out how many batches we'd need to make, when we'd have to start, how much it would cost per dose, take any extra circumstances into account and work out ways around the problems, like the slight problem of there not being enough time between the international picking of the flu strain and the shipping time to make all of the doses... I really enjoyed it :P. No challenging maths though unfortunately...
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