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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

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After Cambridge

There are many well-paid career opportunities within chemical engineering and biotechnology. 

Previous graduates have worked as engineers or scientists in industry, in finance or management consultancy, or gone on to take higher degrees.

You’ll acquire a wide variety of skills that also offer career opportunities outside the discipline. 



Tim Murray, Leading change in the grocery sector | Partner at Newton (graduated 2007) 

"I loved my time in the chemical engineering department. I found the course to strike a great balance of interesting science and practical engineering. There is also a lovely friendly feel to the department which made the course a real joy. I have found the problem-solving techniques I learnt invaluable in my career at Newton. In my job I am constantly having to understand complex manufacturing, supply chain challenges, and work out practical solutions. My Chem Eng degree was perfect preparation! Because of this I have hired lots of great people from the course into my team."

Aiden Goulden, Senior Process Engineer at Johnson Matthey (graduated MEng 2016) 

“Studying Chemical Engineering at Cambridge was brilliant preparation for a career in the field. The theoretical nature of the course developed my problem-solving skills, which is extremely useful in my day-to-day role as a process engineer on a manufacturing site, helping to produce catalyst material used in the chemicals sector to manufacture key feedstocks in a more efficient way. Given the chemicals sector is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, this is an important problem to solve in the race to net zero. 
The department links to industry are second to none, with the Teaching Consortium enhancing the course through their support of the design project. The companies in the Consortium also provide opportunities for undergraduates to undertake summer placements: these placements were a fantastic opportunity to see my undergraduate studies in action and helped me secure employment after graduation.” 

Pawat Silawattakun, Innovation Tax Assistant Manager at Grant Thornton UK (graduated 2018) 
"The Chemical Engineering course at Cambridge is multifaceted, providing both a great depth of knowledge and an extensive breadth of experience. Personally, this was exciting, as it tested me in my ability to deliver strong results on very technical content, whilst also asking for excellent presentation skills and regular collaborative group work. These challenges were made smoother for me by working alongside some of the friendliest and most talented peers in my close-knit intake. As a result, this has imparted onto me a plethora of diverse skillsets to leverage beyond my university studies, which helps me stand out from the crowd. I have confidence that a degree in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge sets one up for success in a wide range of industries of the students’ choosing." 


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