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Chemical engineers design industrial processes that convert raw materials into valuable products. Biotechnologists use living systems and organisms to make valuable products. The need for sophisticated products and sustainable processes means chemical engineers and biotechnologists are in great demand. The aim of the course is to produce graduates who meet the needs of today’s process and biotech industries by providing a thorough understanding of the subject, technical competence and transferable skills. The underlying theory is complemented by projects that teach process and product design for chemical engineering and biotechnology.

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology and Lucy Cavendish College have 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 inc A* Mathematics and A* Chemistry
  • IB: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher Level inc 7 in HL Mathematics Analysis and 7 in HL Chemistry

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

Subject requirements

  • Required: A-Level/IB Higher Level Mathematics and Chemistry

  • Highly recommended: A-Level/IB Higher Level Further Mathematics and Physics

  • The most competitive A-Level applicants will often present with Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics.

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 five students per year.

Admissions Assessment

Student applying for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology in 2022 are required to take the Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment at an authorised assessment centre (usually their school or college) for which they must be registered by 30 September 2022. 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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