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Chemical Engineering at Sidney

Chemical Engineering at Cambridge

Chemical Engineering is a four year course leading to the BA and MEng degrees, though it is possible to graduate after three years study with just the BA degree. In the first year, students choose to study either general Engineering or Natural Sciences. Teaching in years two, three and four is entirely within the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology.

Chemical Engineers are involved in the conversion of raw materials into valuable products, usually on an industrial scale. The Cambridge course covers the fundamental science behind processes and products at a variety of length scales. On a molecular level, chemical engineers need to know about molecules and how they interact. However, chemical engineers also need to know how to design processes that can perform transformations on a large scale. There are excellent employment prospects for graduates of the course, particularly in the chemical, process and food industries, but also in other areas including biotechnology, finance and management.

Chemical Engineering at Sidney

The Director of Studies in Chemical Engineering at Sidney Sussex is Dr Ljilijana Fruk who has been teaching and researching within the Department since 2015. Her main field of interest is bionanotechnology, an interdiciplinary field combining the study of biomolecules and nanomaterials to design novel diagnostic devices and catalytic processes. 


Director of Studies (DoS) and Fellow

Dr Ljiljana Fruk

All of our undergraduate students are allocated a Director of Studies and learn from specialists in particular areas of their subject. From time to time, individual teaching staff may be away on leave.

Typical Intake

2 - 3

Standard Entry Requirements

A*A*A at A Level

41-42 points in the IB, with 776 at Higher Level

Please see the University website for standard entry requirements in other qualifications.

Please note that offers are set on an individual basis by the Colleges using all of the information available to us in context of the entire field of applicants.

Engineering route: All Colleges require A Level/IB Higher Level Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. At Sidney, Further Mathematics is desirable if available, and Biology can be helpful.

Natural Sciences route: All Colleges require A-level/IB Higher Level Chemistry and Mathematics. At Sidney, Physics is certainly useful, but not absolutely essential if you are covering mechanics in Mathematics courses. Further Mathematics and Biology can be helpful.

Admissions Process

Written work

We will not ask you to submit any written work as part of your application.

Admissions Assessments

Two-hour pre-interview assessment, comprising:

Engineering route: Maths/Physics multiple choice questions (80 minutes), Engineering specific questions (40 minutes)

Natural Sciences route: Maths/Science multiple choice questions (80 minutes), In-depth Science questions (40 minutes).

Read more about the admissions assessment on the University website.


Three interviews. Two will be with Directors of Studies in your chosen first-year subject and will involve, in part, working through some scientific or Engineering-based problems. The third interview will be with the Director of Studies for Chemical Engineering and will focus more on questions directly related to Chemical Engineering.

Find out more

Department of Chemical Engineering

University website Chemical Engineering course page 

Skype interviews may be considered for international applicants on a case-by-case basis in certain subjects. If you wish to enquire further, please contact the Admissions Office (