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Imperial College Chemical Engineering Applicants 2023

heyo this might get taken down or moved to another thread since I'm not an official volunteer but I decided to made this after a person in the official Imperial applicants thread asked if it was possible to create a separate thread for the Chem Eng applicants! us fellow chem eng aspirants can get to know each other, discuss interview dates and share resources. I'm gonna start first, I applied 2 days before the october deadline with A1A1A predictions in Advanced Highers and got an interview invite on 9th December!

edit: it was @tomiekox 's idea! thank you @tomiekox
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Thanks for starting this thread. I decided early that I did not want to apply to Cambridge as I have friends at Imperial, so it was always 1st choice for me. So I sent my application off Mid - November. My predicted grades are A* A* A* A* . I applied to English Universities based on the World QS rankings for Chem Eng. So applied to Imperial, UCL, Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham. Already have offers from Birmingham and Leeds.
Have an interview at Imperial mid-Jan.
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Original post by Declans
Thanks for starting this thread. I decided early that I did not want to apply to Cambridge as I have friends at Imperial, so it was always 1st choice for me. So I sent my application off Mid - November. My predicted grades are A* A* A* A* . I applied to English Universities based on the World QS rankings for Chem Eng. So applied to Imperial, UCL, Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham. Already have offers from Birmingham and Leeds.
Have an interview at Imperial mid-Jan.

wow you have amazing predicteds, how are you preparing for the interview? or are you just gonna wing it haha
Original post by Rottero_A21
heyo this might get taken down or moved to another thread since I'm not an official volunteer but I decided to made this after a person in the official Imperial applicants thread asked if it was possible to create a separate thread for the Chem Eng applicants! us fellow chem eng aspirants can get to know each other, discuss interview dates and share resources. I'm gonna start first, I applied 2 days before the october deadline with A1A1A predictions in Advanced Highers and got an interview invite on 9th December!

edit: it was @tomiekox 's idea! thank you @tomiekox

How did your interview go? I had mine on the 7th of December
Original post by TheChosenOne2004
How did your interview go? I had mine on the 7th of December


sorry i meant that i received the email on 9th december but the interview's mid january. Do you have any tips / online resources for the interview? and how was the carbon capture pilot plant, i heard that's their most prized possession
Original post by Rottero_A21
sorry i meant that i received the email on 9th december but the interview's mid january. Do you have any tips / online resources for the interview? and how was the carbon capture pilot plant, i heard that's their most prized possession


yoo thanks for this! also one of my friends had a chem eng oxbridge interview recently and one of their questions were “how would you design a machine that converts CO2 to O2” and she was supposed describe it. apparently they don’t expect you to know everything because she got asked questions about bio although she doesn’t take the subject.
Original post by Rottero_A21
sorry i meant that i received the email on 9th december but the interview's mid january. Do you have any tips / online resources for the interview? and how was the carbon capture pilot plant, i heard that's their most prized possession


Tbh it entirely depends on the interviewer, We got shown the pilot plant which was really cool, but I was asked nothing about it. My question were the basic why imperial why chem eng and then he asked me about a group project I was a apart of and then it was two chem question on rate and the haber process and a maths question. At the end I thought it went horribly because the maths question he asked was something we hadn’t learnt in school so I thought I was deffo rejected but I just got the offer two days ago. So any tips I can give is just the basic don’t stress and go in their not seeing it as a interview, but as an academic conversation.
On the email they should tell you who is interviewing so do some research behind them and find out what they specialise in so you can ask questions about it. And overall if you felt like it went bad dw, cause at the end of the day ur opinion on the interview doesn’t matter, its how they think it went .
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Thanks. Just usual Maths and Chem prep - we have final mock exams just before the interview.
How are you preparing?

Original post by Rottero_A21
wow you have amazing predicteds, how are you preparing for the interview? or are you just gonna wing it haha
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Original post by TheChosenOne2004
Tbh it entirely depends on the interviewer, We got shown the pilot plant which was really cool, but I was asked nothing about it. My question were the basic why imperial why chem eng and then he asked me about a group project I was a apart of and then it was two chem question on rate and the haber process and a maths question. At the end I thought it went horribly because the maths question he asked was something we hadn’t learnt in school so I thought I was deffo rejected but I just got the offer two days ago. So any tips I can give is just the basic don’t stress and go in their not seeing it as a interview, but as an academic conversation.
On the email they should tell you who is interviewing so do some research behind them and find out what they specialise in so you can ask questions about it. And overall if you felt like it went bad dw, cause at the end of the day ur opinion on the interview doesn’t matter, its how they think it went .

CONGRATS !!!! and thanks for the advice
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Original post by Declans
Thanks. Just usual Maths and Chem prep - we have final mock exams just before the interview.
How are you preparing?

same as you although i'm hoping i can get some chemistry prep with my teacher next week cos the holidays start on the 23rd in my city (and the rest of scotland too maybe)
did my interview yesterday, turns out all of my revision time spent on rates and bonding were wasted since I got asked a bunch of very obscure biochemical questions which I messed up. I did however answer the maths question right (pretty much everybody else aced the maths question) and i suppose I did answer the 'why chem eng and which subfield you want to specialise in' confidently. Is it bad that I have the enthusiasm and general knowledge of chemistry but suck at remembering specific things? heck I even forgot what alkali metal were. The interviewer was very stoic throughout the interview until his face light up a bit when I mentioned his research
I had my Interview Wednesday as well. I thought it went ok, but you can never be sure, The usual questions - why chem eng etc. Then mainly concentrated on my personal statement with a few maths questions as well. Interviewer said should get an email in 2 to 3 weeks
Hi all,

I just got an email with an Offer for Chem Eng, my interview was on 11th Jan

Good luck to everyone
Original post by Declans
Hi all,

I just got an email with an Offer for Chem Eng, my interview was on 11th Jan

Good luck to everyone

Me too! Just waiting for an email stating the conditions
Congrats!! I have my interview in a week, I've been preparing but ultimately I'm a little lost because I didn't even expect to get an interview. I've just been researching some relevant topics to talk about, brushing up on what I spoke about in my personal statement, as well as revision on some key topics that I've seen people mention come up. I'm a pretty nervous person, so I'm terrified I will forget everything when I am there. If you have any tips that would be greatly appreciated, I'm at a very small sixth form and the only advice I have had from my tutor is to practice keeping eye contact... smh.
Original post by lilliankw
Congrats!! I have my interview in a week, I've been preparing but ultimately I'm a little lost because I didn't even expect to get an interview. I've just been researching some relevant topics to talk about, brushing up on what I spoke about in my personal statement, as well as revision on some key topics that I've seen people mention come up. I'm a pretty nervous person, so I'm terrified I will forget everything when I am there. If you have any tips that would be greatly appreciated, I'm at a very small sixth form and the only advice I have had from my tutor is to practice keeping eye contact... smh.


Just relax. its more of a chat. Make sure you know any topics you mentioned in your personal statement. Google your interviewer so you can ask them questions at the end. The other stuff as mentioned before . Good luck
Original post by Rottero_A21
did my interview yesterday, turns out all of my revision time spent on rates and bonding were wasted since I got asked a bunch of very obscure biochemical questions which I messed up. I did however answer the maths question right (pretty much everybody else aced the maths question) and i suppose I did answer the 'why chem eng and which subfield you want to specialise in' confidently. Is it bad that I have the enthusiasm and general knowledge of chemistry but suck at remembering specific things? heck I even forgot what alkali metal were. The interviewer was very stoic throughout the interview until his face

Do you mind me asking what type of maths question you were asked (eg. Integration, diff, graph sketching etc.) Also I’m sure it went a lot better than you think and if you were able to convey your passion across I'm sure the interviewer could see that :smile:
I assume you’re at the interview tomorrow? Maybe I’ll see you!! Do you have any ideas of what you’re going to wear. I know they say to wear whatever is comfortable, but I’ve seen people saying to wear suits etc, and I don’t own a suit… I don’t want them to think I don’t care about the interview.
Original post by lilliankw
I assume you’re at the interview tomorrow? Maybe I’ll see you!! Do you have any ideas of what you’re going to wear. I know they say to wear whatever is comfortable, but I’ve seen people saying to wear suits etc, and I don’t own a suit… I don’t want them to think I don’t care about the interview.

I had my interview in December and from what I observed, what you wear honestly isn't a significant issue. In my batch of interviewees, half the people wore suits and the other half wore casual outfits. Personally, I just rocked up with a pair of jeans and a shirt and still got an offer. They care more about the creativity of your brain rather than the creativity of your fashion sense ( Cambridge is a whole other situation whereby if you don't come in a suit, you're seen as a madman). Mind you, there is also a tour of the campus and the pilot plant, which requires extensive walking and stair climbing, so it is in your best interest to wear something that doesn't limit ur movements
Original post by TheChosenOne2004
I had my interview in December and from what I observed, what you wear honestly isn't a significant issue. In my batch of interviewees, half the people wore suits and the other half wore casual outfits. Personally, I just rocked up with a pair of jeans and a shirt and still got an offer. They care more about the creativity of your brain rather than the creativity of your fashion sense ( Cambridge is a whole other situation whereby if you don't come in a suit, you're seen as a madman). Mind you, there is also a tour of the campus and the pilot plant, which requires extensive walking and stair climbing, so it is in your best interest to wear something that doesn't limit ur movements

Thank you so much!! I think I’m just stressing about every last thing at this point… just doing some last minute revision and reading up of topics, no exactly sure what to expect in terms of questions, I’ve heard a lot of variability in what they ask, some answers more obvious than others. I’ll just have to see how it goes and give it my best shot. Thank you again!

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