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Chemical Engineering

Girton offers great opportunities for Chemical Engineering students

Why choose Chemical Engineering at 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 Chemical Engineering

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.

Postgraduate Chemical Engineering

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 postgraduate 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.

Girton stories

Mark Hanson

History, 1985, Campaign Board Member

Mark Hanson is a Champion for the Class Gift initiative. He comments, ‘It has been inspiring to see Girton’s ambitious and thoughtful plans and meet some incredibly talented students at the college. The Class of ’85 bursary gift is a great way for our year to come together to support deserving students as part of Girton’s future plans’.