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


Number of students per year
Typical offer

A*A*A at A-level, or 7 7 6 (42+ overall) in the IB. For other qualifications, please see the University entrance requirements page.


Essential subjects

Mathematics and Chemistry at A-level and Physics and/or Further Maths and/or Biology as preferred third subject. 

7,7,6 in Higher Level Subjects at IB, with Higher Level Mathematics and Chemistry as essential and mathematical/science subject as preferred third Higher Level subject.

(Please note that IB applicants starting the new IB Mathematics syllabus are expected to take IB Higher Level 'Analysis and Approaches' if it's available at your school. If this isn't an option for you, please drop us an email at and we'll be very happy to advise you.)

Useful subjects

Further Mathematics at A-level/IB Higher Level or equivalent may be useful preparation for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology.

Chemical Engineering at Clare

Clare is a great place to study chemical engineering and biotechnology. The main college site is right in the heart of the city centre, but with easy access from the Backs to the department on the West Cambridge site.

Clare is also strong in Natural Sciences and Engineering, providing excellent teaching support, as well as complementing your ongoing chemical engineering and biotechnology studies onwards.

Chemical Engineers are involved in the conversion of raw materials into valuable products, usually on an industrial scale. Biotechnologists use living systems and organisms to make valuable products. This can take many forms including the production of plastics, the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, the conversion of sunlight to electricity or chemical fuels, the refining of oil to produce petrochemicals, food processing, and wastewater treatment. The need for sophisticated products and sustainable processes means chemical engineers and biotechnologists are in great demand. The Department of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology in Cambridge covers many of these areas, and has a strategic focus on sustainability, energy and healthcare.

When submitting your application through UCAS, candidates must register for the NSAA pre-interview assessment.

Clare offers a very good balance between college and department, allowing students to get the most out of their time in Cambridge.  

We are searching for bright applicants who have an enquiring mind and an interest in applying science practically to solve real-world problems. 

Visit the University's subject page for more information.


Clare College

Dr Stranks' research focuses on the optical and electronic properties of emerging semiconductors including halide perovskites, carbon allotropes and organic semiconductors for low-cost electronics applications such as photovoltaics and lighting. Sam is a co-founder of Swift Solar, a startup developing lightweight perovskite PV panels.

SAM STRANKS Chemical Engineering
Director of Studies in Chemical Engineering