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Students on the BA Chemical Engineering Degree spend their first year reading either Natural Sciences or Engineering, before embarking on the study of Chemical Engineering itself. The course leads to a BA after three years, and ordinarily an MEng, after four. The Department has strong links with industry, and Cambridge Chemical Engineers are highly employable.


Further information about the course can be found on the Department and University websites.

Typical offers require

  • A Level: A*A*A
  • IB: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher Level 

For other qualifications, see the main entrance requirements pages on the University website.

Course Requirements

A Level

  • Chemical Engineering via Engineering: A Levels (or the equivalent) in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics are essential.

  • Chemical Engineering via Natural Sciences: A-levels (or the equivalent) in Mathematics and Chemistry are essential, and at least one of A Level Physics or Further Mathematics.

All A Level applicants for either route are encouraged to take A Level Further Mathematics if available.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

  • Chemical Engineering via Engineering: IB Higher Level Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics
  • Chemical Engineering via Natural Sciences: IB Higher Level Chemistry and Mathematics, plus either Physics or Further Mathematics

Mature applicants

Mature students and those taking other qualifications are encouraged to contact our Admissions Office, to discuss the entry requirements for their qualifications.

Number of students 

We aim to admit around two students per year.

Admissions Assessment

  • All applicants for Chemical Engineering are required to take a pre-interview written assessment in their chosen route (Natural Sciences or Engineering) at an authorised centre local to them (for a lot of applicants, this will be their school/college).

  • Further details about the written assessment can be found on the University website here.

Written work 

Applicants are not typically asked to submit examples of written work. 

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