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Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

Girton offers great opportunities for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology students

Why choose Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at Girton?

Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology is a relatively small year group within the University (50-60 students), meaning that in any given year Girton (as with other colleges) will have 2 or 3 students per year studying chemical engineering and biotechnology. The small size of the year group means that colleges pool resources to deliver supervisions and other college based activities. Therefore, as well as benefiting from supervision by Girton Fellows, you will also be supervised by leading members of the department based in other colleges.

Students at Girton benefit from the interaction with a relatively large cohort of Natural Sciences and Engineering students.

Undergraduate Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

  • No. of students admitted per year: 2
  • Entry requirements: All entry requirements are A-Level standard or equivalent, unless otherwise stated. For 2025 entry,  Mathematics and Chemistry are essential, with a third science from Physics, Further Maths or Biology strongly preferred. For 2026 entry, we anticipate Mathematics, Chemistry and a third science from Physics, Further Maths or Biology will be required
  • Typical offer: A*A*A
  • Assessment arrangements: All Cambridge applicants are required to take an assessment prior to interview. Applicants must register in advance and further information about the written assessment can be found here.
  • Interview arrangements: One interview. 

Postgraduate Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

Research and postgraduate students are admitted to the University by the Board of Graduate Studies. You must therefore apply centrally and not to the College, however you must be admitted to a College to be able to study at the University. To ensure that this is Girton you need to indicate this on your application form.

The college can provide accommodation and is home to a vibrant postgraduate community, including engineers and chemical engineers.

Career destinations

Many of our students pursue careers in the chemical or petroleum industries, however a significant proportion also are employed in finance roles or banking. In fact, chemical engineers are in demand in many non chemical engineering roles because of the analytical rigour of the subject.