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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology



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.

An excellent first degree in the physical or life sciences, medicine, economics or law. Postgraduate experience in an academic, industrial, or business environment is highly advantageous but not essential.


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.

If there are concerns regarding a student’s ability to converse and write fluently in English the MBE Selection Committee reserve the right to require students to take the course in English for Academic Purposes run by the Cambridge University Language Centre.

Further information about the MBE entry requirements including competence in English, can be found on the Graduate Admissions website .  Please contact the MBE Office () if you have any further queries.

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. For details of all the Cambridge Colleges see:  

Note that some funding opportunities are also tied to specific College applications. For details on funding opportunities see:


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