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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

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Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (BA/MEng) at Cambridge

From sustainable water, food and energy, to healthcare solutions, chemical engineers and biotechnologists help solve the challenges facing the world today and tomorrow.

You'll study the scientific principles that are used to develop processes and products and be able to apply them to real world systems, with environmentally and economically sustainable methods.

Applications are now open for 2023 entry. The course integrates chemical engineering and biotechnology, and has a particular focus on the scientific principles that underpin the disciplines.

You'll learn how to take an idea from concept to a practical process that can manufacture products sustainably and on an industrial scale.

You’ll cover:

  • Introduction to pure and applied sciences
  • Fundamentals in chemical engineering and biotechnology
  • Industrial process design and applications
  • Energy technology, sustainability and advanced design

Our course is supported by a Teaching Consortium of industrial companies.

The Consortium supports the design project and professional practice course elements. Many of the companies offer vacation internships to our students.

Download the undergraduate course brochure here. 

Find some useful resources below:

Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology course presentation

Sustainability sample lecture

Energy Technology sample lecture

Bioelectric sample lecture

Your qualification

You can study for three years to graduate with a BA(Hons) degree. However, most students complete the course in four years and graduate with an MEng qualification.

Both current BA (Hons) and MEng courses are accredited at the appropriate level by the Institution of Chemical Engineers. This means that after graduation and 4 years of relevant experience, students can apply for Chartered Engineer status without taking more exams.


Teaching and facilities

We are housed in a purpose-built bespoke building with state-of-the-art facilities to support our world-leading research and teaching activities. We have excellent lecture facilities, a recording studio, brand-new teaching and biotechnological laboratories, break-out spaces for small-group teaching and a MakerSpace. Find out more about the academic staff in our department.

We are ranked number one in The Complete University Guide and The Guardian’s league table for chemical engineering and we are consistently ranked in the top five departments in the world in any metric related to teaching and research. Find out how we compare to other universities from Discover Uni


Support during the course

We have a strong community of scientists across all levels in the department that encourages informal learning.

There is also support from your College. Your College Director of Studies will oversee your academic progress and will arrange small group supervisions from subject specialists and qualified academics to reinforce your learning. Colleges also provide pastoral support via a tutorial and welfare system, as well as providing access to accommodation, food, clubs and societies.

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Telephone: +44 (0)1223 748 999 

Address: Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, West Cambridge Site, Philippa Fawcett Drive, Cambridge, CB3 0AS 


Key information

Entry requirements

A level: A*A*A 

IB: 40 to 42 points, with 776 higher level
See full list of entry requirements

Your A levels must include mathematics and chemistry. Physics, further maths or biology are the preferred third subjects.

Your IB must include higher level mathematics and chemistry.

Another mathematical or science subject is preferred for your third subject.

If you have studied other qualifications, check the entrance requirements.

You will also have to take the Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment as part of your application.


UCAS code: H810
MEng, 4 years of study
Or BA (Hons) degree, 3 years of study
Apply via UCAS

Typical intake

Accepted: up to 70 students


Available at all Colleges

Tuition fees

Visit our undergraduate website for full details about tuition fees

Contact details

Telephone: +44 (0)1223 748 999