Chemical Engineering

Why choose Girton?

Chemical engineering is a relatively small year group within the University (50-60 students), meaning that in any given year Girton (as with other colleges) will have 2 or 3 students per year studying chemical engineering. The small size of the year group means that colleges pool resources to deliver supervisions and other college based activities. Therefore, as well as benefiting from supervision by Girton Fellows, you will also be supervised by leading members of the department based in other colleges.

Students at Girton benefit from the interaction with a relatively large cohort of Natural Sciences and Engineering students.

Undergraduate information

Chemical Engineering is not a direct entry subject. Instead students will generally take either Part 1A Natural Sciences or Part 1A Engineering, before transferring to Chemical Engineering for their second year. Prospective students should consult those subject pages for more information.

If you choose to enter by the Natural Sciences route Chemistry and Maths are essential at A level or equivalent; if you take the Engineering route Chemistry, Maths and Physics are essential at A level or equivalent. Further Maths is highly desirable as a preparation for Chemical Engineering.

Graduate information

Research and postgraduate students are admitted to the University by the Board of Graduate Studies. You must therefore apply centrally and not to the College, however you must be admitted to a College to be able to study at the University. To ensure that this is Girton you need to indicate this on your application form.

The college can provide accommodation and is home to a vibrant graduate community, including engineers and chemical engineers.

Career destinations

Many of our students pursue careers in the chemical or petroleum industries, however a significant proportion also are employed in finance roles or banking. In fact, chemical engineers are in demand in many non chemical engineering roles because of the analytical rigour of the subject.

Undergraduate admissions at a glance

Entry requirements

Chemical Engineering students must first complete either 1 year of Natural Sciences or 1 year of Engineering, before moving to the department of Chemical Engineering for the remainder of their course.


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Fellows & Teaching Staff

Dr Stuart Scott

  • Director of Studies
  • Official Fellow