Sundial Sketch

Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineers are involved in the conversion of raw materials into valuable products, usually on an industrial scale. Examples are: making chemicals and pharmaceuticals; biotechnology; processing polymers and foodstuffs; producing consumer goods such as washing powder and toothpaste; energy generation; wastewater treatment and environmental clean-up. 

Number of students 

We typically admit two or three undergraduates per year.


The course 

Chemical Engineering is a four year course and qualifies students for both the BA and MEng degrees, though it's possible to graduate after three years with the BA degree.

The first year of Chemical Engineering is treated as a foundation year in which students usually study Natural Sciences or Engineering before going on to do Chemical Engineering in subsequent years.

Therefore, applicants apply via the following routes: 

1) Chemical Engineering via Engineering

2) Chemical Engineering via Natural Sciences 

Supervisions are arranged in collaboration with a group of other colleges, to make the teaching more effective.


Entry Requirements

Our standard conditional offer for this subject is usually A*A*A at A-level or 40-42 points overall and 7, 7, 6 at Higher Level in IB. We may modify offers to take account of individual circumstances.

Chemical Engineering via Engineering requires A Level (or equivalent) Maths, Physics and Chemistry.

Chemical Engineering via Natural Sciences requires A Level (or equivalent) Maths and Chemistry.

Further Mathematics and Biology at AS or A2 Level can be helpful.


The Admissions Process

Applicants will be required to take a pre-interview assessment in the subject they are applying via, prior to being called to interview. More information can be found on the University website.

If  you are applying via the Engineering route you will have an at-interview assessment and two interviews. 

If you are applying via the Natural Sciences route you will have two interviews. 


Director of Studies

Dr Andy Sederman

Research interests: Magnetic Resonance Group and Catalysis Group