Advanced Chemical Engineering at University of Cambridge - UCAS

Course summary

The programme is a full-time course occupying 11 months and is structured as follows: Students come into College residence in late September/early October. During the first two terms, students take a total of ten taught modules, the choice of which includes a combination of core chemical engineering modules and elective modules based on engineering and business/management-related subjects. During March to August, students undertake a full-time research project, the results of which are submitted as a dissertation. The objectives of the programme are to: provide students with advanced technical skills in chemical engineering; enable students to solve problems within an engineering type of environment; provide students with business and management skills; and provide training in research. Learning Outcomes Successful students should gain: advanced knowledge of fundamental areas of chemical engineering; an understanding of how discoveries and other ideas can be exploited effectively, including new company spin-outs, reorganisation of existing company structures, technology licensing, etc, by undertaking a series of business-based modules to include topics such as financing and marketing; the capacity to work individually and in a team, under time constraints, to produce workable solutions to engineering problems. Key skills learned will be time management, interaction with colleagues, obtaining technical and financial information, defining optimal outcomes, and presentation and communication of results; and the ability to define, organise and undertake a research project within a specified period of time and to report it in writing and by seminar in an acceptable manner. The project might involve business-related as well as chemical engineering research and may involve industrial collaboration. This will introduce the student to the practical problems of undertaking research. Continuing This course cannot be counted as one year of a PhD research degree, although continuing students wishing to apply for a PhD are expected to obtain a good Pass for the MPhil ACE course. Open Days The Postgraduate Virtual Open Day usually takes place at the beginning of November. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions to admissions staff and academics, explore the Colleges virtually, and to find out more about courses, the application process and funding opportunities. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.


Modules are taught by a combination of formal lectures, demonstrations, discussion classes and example problems. The taught material enhances basic knowledge of chemical engineering fundamentals, as well as offering experience of other science- and business-based disciplines. The courses are assessed by both unseen examination and written coursework. During the first two terms, students take ten taught modules. Each module usually contains at least 16 hours of contact time (lectures, tutorials, etc) and students are expected to spend at least 16 hours per week on private study and coursework preparation.

Assessment method

Assessment Thesis / Dissertation During March-August, students undertake a full-time research project, the results of which are submitted as a dissertation not exceeding 10,000 words in length. Students will also each deliver a seminar based on their dissertation. In some cases, an oral examination may be held. Essays For taught modules which are assessed via coursework, the assignments may involve a combination of some or all of the following: report/essay – individual or group; presentations – individual or group; in-class test; class participation. Written examination For taught modules which are assessed via examination, students will be expected to sit an unseen (closed-book) examination. An oral examination may also be held.

Entry requirements

Expected Academic Standard Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK First class Honours Degree. If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country. Because of the advanced technical coursework to be undertaken, the intake will be made up primarily of students with a first-class honours degree in chemical engineering (or a close equivalent, such as biochemical engineering or applied chemistry).

Fees and funding

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Advanced Chemical Engineering at University of Cambridge - UCAS