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Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology

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The course aims to produce engineers that meet the current needs of the process industry with a strong emphasis on applying science to solve real-world problems.

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Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology at ҹѰ

Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology is a broad discipline involving elements of chemistry, physics, biochemistry, biotechnology, materials science and mechanical engineering, and applying these to concepts such as economics, healthcare, safety, the environment and sustainability.

Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology at Cambridge is a four-year course and students will join the Department in year one and progress to either, year 3 where they can leave with a B.A.(Hons) degree or, year 4 and leave with a M.Eng. degree.

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

You can find further information about studying Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology on the University's course . Detailed information is also available on the Department's Prospective Undergraduates .

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What are we looking for?

Our four-year undergraduate course will teach you the scientific principles that underpin chemical engineering and biotechnology, and their application to real-world systems. The course has a new structure, with the first entrants starting in October 2023. The course deliberately aims to integrate chemical engineering and biotechnology together, rather than these being viewed as separate topics. 

We seek individuals who are highly motivated and have a strong technical inclination with a penchant for innovative and unconventional thinking,  You should have a passion for adopting a scientific approach to engineering products and processes that prioritise environmental friendliness and sustainability. By pursuing the Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology BA/MEng program, you will acquire the necessary skills to meet the demands of modern process and biotechnology sectors. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants require A-levels (or equivalent) in Mathematics and Chemistry. Please consult the University's  for further information.


Applications to study Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology at ҹѰ are submitted through UCAS. The College additionally requires the completion of the Natural Science Admissions Assessment (NSAA) and an online interview, as detailed below.

Written Work

No written work submission is required.


All applicants for Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology must register to take the Natural Science Admissions Assessment (NSAA). Full details on how to register for the NSAA can be found . The deadline to register for the NSAA is 29 September 2023. Further details can be found on the  page of the University website.


Shortlisted candidates will be invited to be interviewed in December. There will be two interviews (each lasting 20-25 minutes) which will be conducted online via Zoom.

For more information about making an application, please visit our application webpages

You can also find useful information on our Application FAQs page.