Lucy Cavendish has a small but close-knit community of Chemical Engineers, comprising around eight Bachelors, Masters, and PhD students from around the world.

Students on the BA Degree spend their first year reading either Natural Sciences or Engineering, before embarking on the study of Chemical Engineering itself. The course leads to a BA after three years, and ordinarily an MEng, after four. The Department has strong links with industry, and Cambridge Chemical Engineers are highly employable.

Further information about the course can be found on the Department and University websites.

Course Requirements

  • Chemical Engineering via Engineering: good A-levels (or the equivalent) in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry are essential; A-level Further Mathematics is desirable.
  • Chemical Engineering via Natural Sciences: good A-levels (or the equivalent) in Mathematics and Chemistry are essential; AS-levels in one or more of Physics, Biology, and Further Mathematics are desirable.

For more information, see the general Entrance Requirements and FAQs, or contact our Admissions Office (

Admissions Assessment

  • Pre-interview assessment is not required for Lucy Cavendish
  • Applicants invited for interview sit a written assessment on the day of interview.  This assessment will last no longer than one hour, and will be similar in content and format to the assessment used by other colleges, prior to interview. Specifications can be found here.

Director of Studies:  Dr Krishnaa Mahbubani