BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering

The course

Delivery type
4 years (full-time)
Intake date



Chemical engineering is about transforming raw materials into valuable and desirable products, creating durable products and services, and producing the enabling technology and know-how for a sustainable future. Chemical and biochemical engineers often have the satisfaction of being able to provide valuable input at every stage of a project – from the initial idea through to the product emerging at the end of the line and even going to market. The products of the chemical and process industries ensure that these are among the most successful and thriving types of business in the world. Chemical engineers play a vital role in achieving that success.

Our Chemical Engineering programme aims to provide students with a sound understanding of chemical engineering fundamentals to enable them to progress to professional Chartered Engineer status. In addition to a grounding in science, mathematics and engineering, our students acquire practical skills that are highly sought after by industry.

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

  • Lay the foundations for a career in chemical engineering, an area with excellent and varied career prospects.
  • Learn how to create valuable products from lower cost raw materials.
  • Study a subject that lets you apply the principles of mathematics and chemistry to processes in the real world.
  • Learn the skills that will put you in a position to move into management roles as a professional engineer.
  • Whatever your final career path, developing the ability to apply quantitative methods to solving problems – the basis of engineering – will be an invaluable asset.


Heriot-Watt University's Chemical Engineering programme is an internationally accredited degree by IChemE

Heriot-Watt University has taught chemical engineering for over 50 years. The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 ranked us 2nd in Scotland and 6th in the UK for chemical engineering. The BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) on behalf of the Engineering Council.*

*for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an incorporated engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a chartered engineer.

Read more about the UAE Federal Accreditation.

Course content

First year

Provides a general introduction to the subject, emphasising the role of basic mathematics and science. Courses introduce basic techniques and principles of chemical engineering, including Mass Balances, Basic Thermodynamics, and Energy Balances. An awareness of professional and personal development forms a critical part of the teaching in this year.

Second year

Important themes focus on an understanding of the movement of materials, heat and how materials behave. Principal components include Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Mass Transfer and Thermodynamics. Also includes a mini design project.

Third year

Provides opportunities to analyse key operations in industry, in particular the processing and separation of gases and liquids. In parallel, other subjects look at chemical reactor theory, how processes are controlled and the prediction of physical behaviour. Topics on Safety, Environment and Economics are consolidated in a groupbased project.

Fourth year 

A central theme is the advanced analysis of key processing operations and their control. Specialist topics include Processing Solids, Energy Efficiency and Developing Sustainable Processes. A group-based design project and individual research project are also undertaken.


When studying for a BEng, you can expect career opportunities in the following areas:

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Bioprocessing
  • Biotechnology 
  • Food and drink
  • Energy sectors
  • Power generation
  • Water supply
  • Materials (plastics & metals)
  • Process plant construction
  • Engineering consultancy
  • Equipment design & manufacture
  • Environment protection
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment Facilities
  • Textiles industries
  • Utilities companies
  • Transportation (Auto & Aerospace)

Entry requirements

Our entry criteria are listed below. However, please note that the final decision remains at the discretion of the course director after evaluating scores of individual relevant subjects.

Students who are eligible to be admitted directly into second year can choose to join the first year, where available.

First year entry

  • GCE A-Level - CCC (or AABB at AS-Level) 
  • CBSE/Other Indian Boards - 65%. 
  • American High School Diploma/SABIS - 70% + SAT I – 1000 (500 English and 500 Math)  
  • Tawjihiyya - 80% or Elite/Advance - 75% Eng, Math & Chem + EmSAT English 1400, Math 1200 and 1100 Chemistry 
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme - 24 points (3 HL – including Maths and Chemistry, 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.

Second year entry

  • GCE A-Levels - BBC. 
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme - 27 points (3 HL – including Maths and Chemistry, and 3 SL) 
  • CBSE/Other Indian Boards - Overall 85% 
  • American High School/SABIS - 70% + 3 AP at grade 4 (Including Maths and Chemistry) or Minimum 3 SAT Subjects (SAT II) 500 each, Including Maths and Chemistry. 
  • Higher National Diploma (HND) - PPP 
  • BTEC Level 3 Ext Diploma - DDD 
  • FBISE - grade 12 or equivalent 85% 
  • Certificate of Higher Education - Successful completion of course with a minimum of grades of D in every Subject. 
  • Transfer students from other universities may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Compulsory subjects to include Mathematics, English and Chemistry.

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

English language requirements

As our degrees are taught and assessed in English, applicants must be able to prove their level of English language ability. To know more, please refer to our English language requirements.

Fees and funding

  • AED 76045 per year*

* All tuition fees inclusive of VAT

Scholarships and bursaries

See our range of degree entry, undergraduate, postgraduate taught and PhD scholarships and discounts.