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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology



Prospective students must apply to the University of Cambridge directly. Information on how to make a formal University application is provided by Graduate Admissions.

Prior to application prospective students should ensure they meet the specific admissions criteria. To make an application:

  • Complete and submit an online application (GRADSAF) via the Graduate Admissions website.
  • College Selection: naming two colleges in the relevant section of the GRADSAF facilitates the application process. Information about colleges can be found using the link on the right. Please note that Queens' College has an interest in developing focus areas within its graduate community. MBE applicants are invited to list Queens' as one of their preferences.
  • Supply details of two academic referees. One of which must be from your most recent academic institution. Your referees will be contacted via the University system and asked to upload a reference online
  • Upload your supporting documents with the minimum of delay including your CV and transcript and an optional statement of interests

Any questions please contact the MBE Office

Please note: Early application is advised as places on the programme are allocated on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Interviews are scheduled on a regular basis; however some applications are processed in a gathered field approach and therefore the application outcome may be delayed until the closing date.


The MPhil in Bioscience Enterprise programme attracts applications from students of the highest calibre from across the world. Entry to the programme is highly competitive, with many applications received for every place. Approximately 25 students are accepted annually on the basis of a written submission, followed by interview. The strongest applicants have a record of high academic achievement and relevant work or professional postgraduate experience, gained in an academic, industrial or business environment.

A degree in the life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, medicine or veterinary science is the usual prerequisite. Occasionally suitable applicants from other backgrounds, for example, economics, finance or law, are admitted providing they are able to demonstrate their strong interest in the core disciplines of the course.

At least two years of postgraduate experience prior to application in a related academic, industrial or business environment is highly recommended but not essential. Each year a number of first class new graduates are also accepted.


Applicants for this course should have achieved a minimum equivalent of a high UK II.i Honours Degree. If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country.


The students enrolled in the programme originate from every part of the world and those who are not native English speakers must demonstrate that they can read, write and speak English to the high standards required to fully participate in the programme. The minimum grades that are acceptable are: 

IELTS: overall band score of 7.5, with a minimum of 7.0 in each element of the test.

TOEFL: overall score of 107 with a minimum of 25 in each element.

College Membership

Membership of a College is a requirement of study at the University of Cambridge and admission to a College follows after acceptance by the MBE selection committee.


Where applicable overseas applicants must ensure they are eligible for and apply for a student Visa. ATAS not required.