Applicants can apply for Chemical Engineering via Natural Sciences or for Chemical Engineering via Engineering. The admissions procedure is the same as for other applicants in Natural Sciences and Engineering (see their subject entries for further information), the only difference being the involvement of the Director of Studies in Chemical Engineering in the interview process.
At the end of year three of the Chemical Engineering course (Part IIA) students can graduate with a BA, but their degree is not accredited by the Institute of Chemical Engineers (I.Chem.E.). Students normally remain in Cambridge for a fourth year in order to complete Part IIB of the Tripos. This involves further development of academic course work together with a product design course and a major research project that is undertaken by students normally working in pairs. At the end of the fourth year students graduate with a BA and M.Eng. and the M.Eng. is fully accredited by the I.Chem.E. which grants exemption from further I.Chem.E. examinations if membership to the I.Chem.E. is sought after leaving Cambridge.
Graduates of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology are much in demand in the process industries. Some get jobs with chemical, petrochemical and pharmaceutical companies, while others work for consumer goods and food companies. Other areas of employment are biotechnology, environmental technologies, consultancy, and interdisciplinary subjects.
Updated June 2013