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Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

The Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology course at Cambridge will teach students how to design and operate industrial processes that convert raw materials into products. The increasing importance of sustainably manufacturing products expands the need for understanding the biological aspects of the circular economy and means that chemical engineers and biotechnologists are in great demand. The Cambridge course aims to produce highly qualified graduates with transferable skills who understand the fundamental science underpinning the subject and can apply their skills to a wide range of process industries.

Cambridge’s Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology is relatively small. It has an intake of about sixty undergraduates each year, of whom typically 3-4 would come from Trinity.  The College’s Director of Studies in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology is Professor Andy Sederman.  College supervisions in the first, second and third years – approximately three hours per week – are largely given by Professor Sederman or other members of the Department.  In the fourth year students are supervised by specialists in their chosen options.  Professor Sederman is a Fellow of the College and his research interests at the Magnetic Resonance Research Centre lie in the development and application magnetic resonance methods to process and reaction engineering and in particular the understanding of multi-component reaction, diffusion and flow processes.  Professor Gladden is also a Fellow of the College and runs fourth year research projects within the department.

Course Details

Course length: The Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology course at Cambridge is a four year course with students graduating with a Masters in Engineering. Students can graduate with a Bachelor’s degree after 3 years.
Typical offer: A*A*A
Preferred A-Level subjects: Maths and Chemistry at A-level are usually required. Applicants will usually be expected to have a third A-level in either another science or Further Maths.


Teaching Staff

  • Professor Andy Sederman

Admissions Assessment

All applicants are required to take the Engineering and Science Admissions Test (ESAT), see the written assessments page for further information.

You must be registered in advance (separately to your UCAS application) to take the test – the online registration deadline is 16 September 2024.

You will take the test on 15 or 16 October 2024. You must take the test in this first sitting.

Please note that your performance in the ESAT will not be considered in isolation, but will be taken into account alongside the other elements of your application.

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