Biochemical Engineering is an interdisciplinary field on engineering courses that deals with the Study of engineering laws and techniques that are applied in the medical field.

The Biochemical engineer is the ocean of knowledge. As a Biochemical Engineer, they have the knowledge of Maths, science, biology and medicine.

Biochemical Engineers work at the intersection of engineering the life sciences and health care.

The foundation of Biochemical Engineering lies in the Basic sciences – mathematics, physics, chemistry and Biology.

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It covers the latest advances in the developing field of Biochemical Technology, instrumentation and organisation.

Courses & Duration

Biochemical Engineers need much knowledge of both engineering and biology. Many colleges in India offer undergraduate postgraduate & Doctoral degree in Biomedical Engineering. The Biomedical Engineering course includes the study of Biology, Physics, Chemistry, life Sciences, Bio Tech, Calculus, Materials Science, Principles of Design & Bio mechanics.

Diploma Course:

  • Diploma in Biochemical Engineering

Undergraduate Courses (4 years):

  • Tech in Biochemical Engineering
  • Sc in Biochemical Engineering
  • BE in Biochemical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) in Biochemical Instrumentation
  • Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) in Biotechnology & Biochemical Engineering

Postgraduate Courses (2 years):

  • Tech in Biochemical Engineering
  • Sc in Biochemical Engineering
  • MS in Biochemical Engineering
  • ME in Biochemical Engineering
  • Master of Engineering (ME) in Biochemical Engineering & Biotechnology
  • Master of Technology (M.Tech) in Bio-Medical Signal Processing & Instrumentation
  • Master of Technology (M.Tech) in Biochemical Instrumentation

Doctoral Course:

  • D in Biochemical Engineering

Top Colleges in India offer Biochemical Engineering course:

  • National Institutes of Technology, Raipur
  • National Institutes of Technology, Rourkela
  • Indian Institutes of Technology, Bombay
  • Indian Institutes of Technology, Madras
  • Indian Institutes of Technology, Hyderabad
  • Indian Institutes of Technology, Kharagpur
  • Indian Institutes of Technology, Kanpur

Skills required to become a Biochemical Engineer:

  • Good communication skills.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Good observation, investigation, concentration, critical thinking skills.
  • Dexterous and Alert.
  • Computer knowledge and high-level software development skills.


  • To get admission in UG courses, the candidate has to pass their 10+2 examination in science. Candidate can apply for the JEE MAIN Entrance Exam for admission to UG programme.
  • Those candidates completed their bachelor degree in Biochemical Engineering can either opt for a job or they can go for further studies.
  • If you are interested in pursuing a master’s degree, then candidate has a bachelor’s degree in Biochemical Engineering or any other equivalent branches of engineering degree and having a valid GATE Exam
  • The MBS degree holder can also opt for a postgraduate degree in Biochemical Engineering.

Some other entrance exams in which you can appear for admission in Biochemical Engineering are:

  • JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) Advanced
  • BCECE (Bihar Combined Entrance Competitive Examination)
  • JCECE (Jharkhand Common Entrance Competitive Exam)
  • UPSEE (Uttar Pradesh State Entrance Examination)

Career & Jobs

After doing biochemical engineering you can be employed in public as well as corporate sectors. You can start your careers in the Hospitals, Clinics and Healthcare centre. There are lots of opportunity in industries for innovating, designing and developing new technologies. Those people having an MS and PhD degrees they can usually work in research institutions and universities as biochemical engineers. Bachelor Degree holder can work with government organisations such as Employment State Insurance Corporation and Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Bio Technology and Biochemical Engineering.

Many foreign country research institutions, medical device consulting firms and pharmaceutical companies offers good job opportunities for the B.Tech degree holder.

After gaining adequate experience in related field Biochemical engineers can work with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Institute of Health (NIH).

Job Profiles:

  • Clinical Engineers
  • Bio-instrumentation Engineer
  • Research Scientists
  • Business Managers
  • Technical Writers
  • Bio-mechanics Engineers
  • Patent Analyst
  • Professors/Teachers
  • Biomaterials Engineers

Top Recruiters:

  • Larsen & Toubro
  • Cipla
  • Stryker Global Technology Centre
  • Deloitte Consulting India Pvt Ltd
  • Siemens
  • BPL Healthcare
  • Wipro GE Medical System
  • Siemens
  • Phillips Healthcare
  • General Electric Global Research, Bangalore
  • Texas Instruments Inc.


Biochemical Engineers gets paid more than compared to other careers in any other engineering fields. Apart from other benefits and perks you can get a starting salary varies between Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 3.6 Lakh per year. In the government sector as a medical engineer, your salary starts from 2 to 3 lakh per annum. It depends upon the reputation of that organisation.

Books & Study Material

Some good books to study biochemical engineering are listed here:

Smart Drug Delivery System by Ali Demir Sezer

State of the Art in Biosensors – General Aspects by Toonika Rinken

Optical Coherence Tomography by Masanori Kawasaki

Practical Applications in Biochemical Engineering by Adriano O. Andrade, Adriano Alves Pereira, Eduardo L. M. Naves and Alcimar B. Soares

Biochemical Engineering – From Theory to Applications by Reza Fazel-Rezai

Advances in Biomimetics by Anne George




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