Average number of offers: 4

Average number of applicants: 40

Entry Requirements

Standard offer for this subject is usually A*A*A at A Level or 41-43 points overall and 7,7,6 at Higher Level IB in relevant subjects

Applications via Natural Sciences: Mathematics and Chemistry are compulsory

Applicants via Engineering: Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry are compulsory

Pre-interview Assessment Criteria

Natural Sciences Admissions Test for Applicants Applying via Natural Sciences

Engineering Admissions Test for Applicants Applying via Engineering

Interview Assessments

Two subject specific interviews on the day, with each lasting up to 30 minutes

Two interviewers will assess applicants in each interview

Why study Chemical Engineering?

From biofuels, batteries and green energy to oil and gas, from chemicals, pharmaceuticals and foodstuffs to the latest novel nanomaterials and advances in science – chemical engineers make a positive difference in the world.  Chemical engineers design, combine, and operate processes to convert raw materials into valuable products and commodities.   The need for sustainable processes on an industrial scale are at the centre of the  challenges faced by this profession, where new technologies and processes can make a substantial impact on the economics of production.

The course taught in Cambridge aims at teaching and training students to become graduates that meet the needs of industry, with a strong emphasis on applying science to solve real-world problems.

Chemical Engineering at Downing

This multidisciplinary course includes elements of Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry, Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering, as well as contexts such as economics, safety and sustainability.  Downing provides a unique opportunity for students, offering a central location within walking distance to a range of Departments in the Physical and Biological Sciences, as well as Engineering.  The vibrant diverse community in college offers the opportunity for undergraduates and postgraduates to meet and share academic experiences from complimentary subjects and disciplines.

There are two routes to apply for studying Chemical Engineering, each with its own UCAS code.  During the first year students have to either study Natural Sciences or Engineering, before transferring to Chemical Engineering from their second year onwards.  The choice of route taken to apply for Chemical Engineering should reflect the interests of the student, with either route providing equally unique opportunities for preparing for the following years.

Downing has one Fellow in the subject, Dr Kamran Yunus, who is the Director of Studies in Chemical Engineering at the College.  His research interests are focused on studying sustainable feedstock for fuel and energy supply, and developing bioelectrochemical systems that work with wastewater and effluent industrial waste.

Careers after studying Chemical Engineering

There are excellent employment prospects for graduates of the course in range of sectors that include chemical, process and food industries, biotechnology, management and finance.  Developing experience in problem solving through to developing analytical and management skills are just some of the attributes which graduates from the course have to offer to potential employers. 

Quick Links

Further information on applying to the University of Cambridge can be found here.

The Director of Studies at Downing is Dr Kamran Yunus.

Further advice about entry requirements and interviews for all subjects can be found in the Apply to Downing section of this site.

Further details about the Chemical Engineering course can be found on the University of Cambridge website.