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Chemical Engineering

The Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology Department at Cambridge has an international reputation for excellence in both its teaching and its research. Both The Times and The Guardian ranked Cambridge top of their lists of the best Chemical Engineering departments in the UK. In the 2008 research assessment exercise (RAE), the department was ranked joint first in the UK with Imperial College.

Chemical Engineering is not an admissions subject though applicants should now indicate their desire to read Chemical Engineering by using the appropriate UCAS code.


Students join the Department at the start of their second year in residence after having studied either Engineering or Natural Sciences in their first year. It is still possible to transfer to Chemical Engineering even if it was not expressed at admission, though in the event of the course being over-subscribed preference will be given to those who do.

The selection of entry route is a matter of personal choice, each has its advantages and disadvantages and reference should be made to the sections on those subjects.


Please see the Engineering subject page for information on the Engineering route and the Natural Sciences subject page for the Natural Sciences route.

Entry Details

UCAS Code: via Engineering (MEng/CEE) H810 or Natural Sciences (MEng/CENS) H813

Entry Requirements

Please note that whilst A level Physics is desirable for both routes it is essential for those applying via Engineering. A2 Chemistry and Mathematics, or equivalent, are essential for either route and Further Mathematics is desirable.

Pre-Interview Assessment

Applicants for Chemical Engineering will need to sit the University's Pre-Interview Admissions Assessment for either Engineering or Natural Sciences, depending on the subject they intend to apply through, more information on which is available here.