Cambridge Chemistry Race
Chemistry competition for teams of sixth-form students

Competition details

Important registration information

Registration form is now open! Please note that the competition is filled to capacity and any new registrations will be put on a waiting list.

The competition itself will then happen on Saturday 19th February 2022 at Cambridge. If restrictions are in place, we will move online like last year.

We expect the available places to fill quickly since they are allocated on the first come, first served basis.

Therefore, you should know that in order to register, you will need:

  • a contact email address for the teacher and for the leader of the team,
  • school name,
  • team name
  • and the names of 3-5 students wishing to compete.
Note that teams of fewer than 3 students are not allowed and that normally we accept only one team per school. (if a school registers a second team, it may be considered if we have free capacity). It is expected that teachers register their teams, but students can also sign up on their own after obtaining a permission from their teacher.

You will be able to select whether your team will be able to participate only in person, only online, or either way. Therefore, we would like to encourage schools from all over the UK to sign up, even if coming to Cambridge is not possible for you. At this stage it seems that either format is possible, even though we are strongly hoping for an in-person competition.

As a part of the registration, we will ask your permission to use your data and this has to be agreed by all the participants. Please make sure that you read the privacy notice and obtain the necessary consents in advance to avoid delays in your application.

Once registration opens, the online form will be sent to our mailing list and it will appear on this website.

For examples of chemistry questions from past years, head to the Documents and media section. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us at

What is Cambridge Chemistry Race?
Cambridge Chemistry Race is a new chemistry competition for teams of 3-5 sixth-form students organised by the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge. The teams race against each other in solving chemistry problems; who gets the most points within the time limit, wins.
Where and when?

The third Cambridge Chemistry Race will be held on Saturday 19th February 2022 at the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge.

How to sign up

You can register your team in the form here. Please note that the competition is filled to capacity and any new registrations will be put on a waiting list.

If you would like to stay informed about the competition, please sign up to our mailing list here.


What do we need to bring?

Apart from writing utensils, you should definitely not forget your favourite calculator (ideally one for each member of your team). Some questions may require you to read data of graphs. Therefore, we also recommend bringing rulers. In addition, you are allowed to bring any paper literature, notes or handouts that you think could be useful. No electronic devices, apart from dedicated calculators (not calculators on mobile phones, tablets or computers) are allowed.

How to get here

Cambridge is easily accessible by both trains and coaches. The Department of Chemistry is within a walking distance of the Cambridge City Centre bus station and the Cambridge railway station (CBG). If the team arrives by its own vehicle, parking at the Department is available.


Participation in the competition is free. Travel costs are not reimbursed.

Rules and example questions

You can find the rules of the competition here, and past questions can be found in the Documents section.


On Saturday 15 Feb 2020, the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge will be hosting a new chemistry competition called the Cambridge Chemistry Race. Teams of 3-5 sixth-form students will compete in solving chemistry-related problems in real time. The goal of each team is to answer as many questions as they can within the two-hour […]