Chemical Engineering

University of Cambridge
En Cambridge (Inglaterra)

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  • Bachelor's degree
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Overview Chemical Engineering at Cambridge Our course concentrates on the scientific principles that underpin modern chemical and biochemical engineering. The aim is to produce graduates that meet the needs of today’s process industries by providing a thorough understanding of the subject, technical competence, and transferable skills. The underlying theory is complemented by a series of lectures and projects that teach process design and chemical product design. We have strong links with industry. The course is supported by a consortium of 10 industrial companies which provide input on content and assist with teaching. These links also mean that there are opportunities for vacation placements with some of the world’s top companies. Teaching and facilities Our Department enjoys a reputation for excellence in its teaching and research, regularly topping national league tables. The Department is moving to a new purpose-built building in 2016 that has been designed with an emphasis on the importance of high quality teaching facilities. Qualifications and accreditation It’s possible to graduate with a BA degree after three years. However, virtually all students stay for the fourth year leading to the BA and MEng degrees (progression to the fourth year is dependent on satisfactory performance). The four-year course is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers, meaning that after graduation you can apply for Chartered Engineer status once you have four years of relevant experience without taking further exams. Additional course costs Please see the Engineering or Natural Sciences pages for information relating to additional course costs in Year 1. There are no compulsory course costs for Chemical Engineering (Years 2, 3 and 4). Full course details are available on the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology website and if you have any queries about resources/materials, please contact the Department (see fact file,...

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Requisitos: Entry Requirements Typical offers require A Level: A*A*AIB: 40-41 points, with 776 at Higher Level For other qualifications, see our main Entrance requirements pages. Course requirements Engineering route Required by all Colleges: A Level/IB Higher Level Chemistry, Mathematics and PhysicsRequired by some Colleges: AS or A Level/IB Higher Level Further Mathematics, STEP Natural...


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¿Qué aprendés en este curso?

Chemical Engineering
Fluid Mechanics
Product Design


Course Outline Chemical Engineering Course Outline

You’re taught primarily through lectures, which are supported by projects, laboratory classes, supervisions and coursework.

In a typical week you attend 10 lectures and have two supervisions. You also undertake fortnightly projects.

Year 1 (Part IA) Your choice of route

Chemical engineers spend their first year studying either Engineering or Natural Sciences. These routes provide equally good preparation for becoming a chemical engineer, and are taken up by a similar number of students.

Year 2 (Part IB) Introduction to core chemical engineering

From Year 2, you’re based within the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. You study compulsory topics within five themes:

  • fundamentals – fluid mechanics, mass and heat transfer, thermodynamics
  • process operations – reactors, separators, biotechnology
  • process systems – safety, economics
  • mathematical methods – mathematics
  • enabling topics – depending on your first-year subject, you have additional lectures and practicals on either chemistry or engineering

You’re assessed on these topics at the end of the year by four three-hour written exams.

You also take laboratory classes on fluid mechanics and undertake regular assessed project work. Towards the end of the year, you perform the mechanical design of an item of process equipment such as a heat exchanger.

Year 3 (Part IIA) Continuation of core chemical engineering

The third year includes further compulsory topics within four themes:

  • fundamentals – fluid mechanics, heat transfer, thermodynamics
  • process operations – reactors, separators, bioprocessing, particle processing
  • process systems – process dynamics and control, process synthesis, safety
  • enabling topics – materials, statistics

You perform assessed project work throughout the year, and sit four three-hour written exams at the start of the third term.

After the written exams, you undertake a design project that lasts five weeks of full-time work. This project is carried out in groups and concerns the design of a modern industrial process. You take into account all aspects of engineering design, including specification of equipment and control procedures, and consider safety aspects, environmental impact and economic performance. The design project brings together all the taught subject matter whilst giving you the opportunity to work in a team on an open-ended problem.

Year 4 (Part IIB) Choice of advanced topics

You undertake a project on Chemical Product Design and take a compulsory paper on environmental aspects of chemical engineering. You choose six further advanced topics from a list of optional papers which changes every year to reflect the research interests of academic staff. Some are advanced chemical engineering topics - past examples have included:

  • pharmaceutical engineering
  • rheology and processing
  • electrochemical engineering
  • computational fluid dynamics

You also choose a ‘broadening material’ paper on a topic that’s useful to chemical engineers without being part of the discipline (past examples have included healthcare, biotechnology, a foreign language, and entrepreneurship).

In addition, you undertake a research project. This might involve experimental, theoretical and/or computational work. Some projects support ongoing research activities within the Department, while others are ‘blue sky’ investigations leading to new research programmes. Several are sponsored by interested companies and successful projects sometimes lead to students becoming authors of publications in scientific literature.

For further information about studying Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge see the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology website.