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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.
Assessment Format: Section 1: Multiple choice questions in mathematics plus one science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) (60 minutes) Section 2: Extended multiple choice questions in Biology, Chemistry or Physics (60 minutes)

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Teaching Staff

  • Professor Andy Sederman

Admissions Assessment

All applicants are required to take the written assessment for Natural Sciences at an authorised centre local to them (for a lot of applicants, this will be their school/college).

ASSESSMENT FORMAT

  • Section 1: Multiple choice questions in mathematics plus one science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) (60 minutes)
  • Section 2: Extended multiple choice questions in Biology, Chemistry or Physics (60 minutes)
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 Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment Specification

You must be registered in advance (separately to your UCAS application) to take the assessment – the registration deadline is 30 September 2022.  Your assessment centre must register you for the pre-interview assessment; you’re not able to register yourself. See the written assessments page for information about assessment centres and registration.

Further details about the format of the assessment and preparatory materials can be found on the written assessments page.

The pre-interview written assessment for Natural Sciences will be taken on Wednesday 19 October 2022.

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

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