Chemical Engineering

What is Chemical Engineering?

Chemical Engineering is a four-year course that leads to the BA and MEng degrees, although it is possible to graduate after three years with just the BA degree. In the first year, students choose whether to study Engineering or Natural Sciences. Teaching in years two, three and four takes place entirely within the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology.

Why study Chemical Engineering?

Chemical Engineers are involved in the conversion of raw materials into valuable products, usually on an industrial scale. The Cambridge course covers the fundamental science behind processes and products at a variety of length scales. On a molecular level, Chemical Engineers need to know about molecules and how they interact. However, Chemical Engineers also need to know how to design processes that can perform transformations on a large scale. There are excellent employment prospects for graduates of the course, particularly in the chemical, process and food industries, but also in other areas, such as bio-technology, management and finance.

Chemical Engineering at Corpus

Applicants for Chemical Engineering via the Engineering route will need to be studying Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics at A-Level (or equivalent qualification). Further Mathematics and Biology at AS or A-Level can be helpful.

Applicants for Chemical Engineering via the Natural Sciences or Computer Science route will need to be studying Chemistry and Mathematics at A-Level (or equivalent qualification). Physics at AS or A-level is undoubtedly useful but not absolutely essential if the student is covering mechanics in their Maths course. Further Mathematics and Biology at AS or A-Level can be helpful.

The interview arrangements for Chemical Engineering applicants are similar to those for candidates applying for the Engineering Tripos or Natural Sciences Tripos.

The Director of Studies in Chemical Engineering is Dr Sarah Rough, and Corpus also has nine Fellows in Physics and Chemistry, as well as three in Engineering who share the teaching for some of the papers that Chemical Engineers take. Take a look at our Physical Natural Sciences or Engineering pages to learn more about them and their research.


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