Chemical Engineering


The Chemical Engineering course at Cambridge is taken in the second, third, and fourth years following one year of Natural Sciences or Engineering. See subject notes for these below:

Cambridge’s Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology is relatively small. It has an intake of about seventy Chemical Engineering undergraduates each year, of whom typically five would come from Trinity.  The College’s Director of Studies in Chemical Engineering is Dr Andy Sederman.  Dr 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.  College supervisions in the second and third years – two hours per week – are largely given by Dr Sederman or other members of the Department.  In the fourth year students are supervised by specialists in their chosen options.  Professor Gladden and Emeritus Professor Davidson are also Fellows of the College and run fourth year research projects within the department.

If you want to study Chemical Engineering at Trinity you may apply either via Natural Sciences or via Engineering entry routes: the choice is one for you to make. But whichever route you choose you will be interviewed in much the same way as other candidates applying for the same first-year course and, if your application is successful, you will receive an offer at the same general level as other candidates for that course. You should therefore read the notes on the subjects in question.

Maths, Physics and Chemistry at A-level are usually all required. Those entering through Engineering will also need AS or A-level Further Maths.

If you want more information, please write for a course brochure to the Teaching Secretary, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Philippa Fawcett Drive, Cambridge CB3 0AS, or visit the Departmental website.

Teaching Staff

  • Dr Andy Sederman