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Cert of Higher Education Certificate of Higher Education in Engineering

Key information

Delivery type
Full Time
Degree qualification
Cert of Higher Education
Mode of delivery
1 year
Start date

The Certificate of Higher Education in Engineering (CHEE) is designed to give students insight into and prepare them for a wide range of engineering disciplines from Mechanical to Electrical, Electronic, Automotive, Chemical, Architectural, Civil, Energy and Robotics, Autonomous and Interactive Systems.


Successful completion of this certificate will see students articulate seamlessly into the second year of any of these more specialist degree programmes that are offered to BEng (Hons) level.

The options are:

Why study BEng Engineering at Heriot-Watt University's Dubai Campus?

A career in engineering offers great challenges, matched only by the opportunities and rewards of this creative and innovative profession. The challenges faced by society and the role of the engineer is very varied, depending on the discipline.

The Certificate of Higher Education in Engineering offers a unique opportunity to study introductory courses in each discipline (Mechanical, Chemical, Electrical and Electronic, Architectural, Civil) before deciding to specialise.

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Course content

January Intake - Dubai

In this first year, all students will:

  • Study two courses in Maths for engineers and scientists
  • Be introduced to each engineering discipline offered at Heriot-Watt University, Dubai (Electrical and Electronic, Mechanical, Chemical, Architectural and Civil)
  • Study either physics (for all degree programmes other than Chemical Engineering) or chemistry (for the Chemical Engineering degree programme)

in preparation for entrance into the second year of one of the engineering degree programmes offered at Heriot-Watt University, Dubai.

Mandatory January

  • Introduction to Mechanical Engineering
  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists 1
  • Building Services Technology

Optional January

  • Principles of Chemistry
  • Waves and Matter

Mandatory May

  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists 2
  • Introduction to Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Civil Engineering Applications 1

Optional May

  • Chemical Reactivity
  • Mechanics, Fields and Forces

Fees and funding

AED 76,045 per year

  • All tuition fees inclusive of VAT.

Additional information

Engineering Scholars Award Scholarship

Learn more about our exclusive Engineering Scholars Award Scholarship.

Entry requirements

We have standard entry requirements for all of our courses that you will have to meet.

  • GCE A-Level - CCC (or AABB at AS-Level)
  • CBSE/Other Indian Boards - 65%.
  • American High School Diploma/SABIS - 70% + SAT 1 - 1000 (500 English and 500 Math)
  • Tawjihiyya - 80% or Elite/Advance - 75% English, Maths and Chemistry/Physics + EmSAT English 1400, Maths 1200 and 1100 Chemistry/Physics
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme - 24 points (3 HL - including Maths and Chemistry/Physics, and 3 SL)
  • BTEC Level 3 Ext Diploma - MMM
  • FBISE grade 12 or equivalent - 70%
  • Russian/ Kazakhstan (Attestat) - Grades of 5 in every subject + IELTS 6.0
  • French Baccalaureate - 13/20 + IELTS 6.0
  • Lebanese Baccalaureate - 80% or 13/20 IELTS 6.0
  • Foundation year Successful completion of Heriot-Watt University Degree Entry Programme (Engineering) with a CCCC.
  • Compulsory subjects to include Mathematics, English and Chemistry/Physics. 

To find out more about the specific entry requirements for your country, please refer to our International Entry Requirements.

To find out about the entry requirements for this programme, please send an email to

Why Heriot-Watt

We're the top university in Scotland for graduate outcomes which means that more of our graduates are employed or in postgraduate education than any other institution in the country and we ranked 5th in the UK.

We're also rated number one in the UK for CEO or MD roles, meaning more of our graduates go on to become CEOs or MDs than any other university in the whole of the UK. On top of that, we have beautiful campuses, across the globe, so you'll get a truly international education. Our Edinburgh Campus is home to Oriam, Scotland's National Sports Performance Centre combined with plenty of wellbeing resources, prioritising fitness and mental health for all students. Our Global Research Institutes look at solving real world issues such as climate change and saving our oceans as well as working on the next medical technological breakthrough and the future of AI and robots.

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