Clare College Cambridge

Chemical Engineering

Number of students per year: 1-2
Typical offer: A*A*A or 7,7,6 (42+ overall) in the IB or the equivalent in other educational systems. For Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers - Offers usually require AAA at Advanced Higher Grade; bands may be specified.
Essential subjects: One or more out of Physics, Biology and Further Mathematics at AS or A level are highly desirable for the natural sciences route.Chemical Engineering students entering via the Engineering route need Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics at A level. Further Mathematics is desirable.
Written assessment: All candidates for Chemical Engineering will take a pre-interview assessment.



Chemical Engineers are involved in the conversion of raw materials into valuable products, usually on an industrial scale. Examples include the refining of oil to produce petrochemicals, the production of plastics, the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, food processing, and wastewater treatment. Many Chemical Engineers now work in the area of biotechnology where biological organisms are used to perform the desired transformations (e.g. to make a particular molecule).

Chemical Engineering is a very broad discipline involving elements of Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry, Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering. Chemical Engineers also need to know about Economics, Safety, the Environment and Sustainability.


Director of Studies in Chemical Engineering

Dr Sam Stranks, Director of Studies



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