The course

Course code
KPT/JPS (R/524/6/0029) (FA4097) 01/24
KPT/JPS (R/524/6/0041) (FA5107) 11/26
Delivery type
3 years/4 years
Intake date
September, January

We have an international research reputation and close connection with the professional and industrial world of science, engineering and technology.


  • Contact

    Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Campus

  • Telephone

    +603 8894 3888

  • Email


Chemical engineering is a broad-based discipline combining mathematics and science, which has an important – though often hidden – impact on society. It 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 engineers’ input is valuable at every stage of a project from the initial idea, through to the product emerging at the end of the line and even to the market. Chemical engineers are highly valued by employers for their all-round skills and job prospects are excellent. Graduates are employed in many sectors from fine chemicals and food products, to utility suppliers, polymers and the oil industry.

This Bachelor's degree will allow you to understand the chemical and physical principles underlying chemical engineering concepts and help you to cultivate the ability to apply your skills to real, practical engineering problems. It will also develop your transferable skills in communication, team-working, industrial and commercial awareness and career management.

Progression to MEng Chemical Engineering with Oil and Gas Technology

BEng students who meet the progression requirements for the MEng programme may transfer programmes at the end of Year 2.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods range from lectures, tutorial classes and mentor sessions, to work-shop and laboratory activities supported by group and individual projects. Assessment is by examination, coursework, presentations, group project and individual project, the balance being appropriate to the different teaching methods used in the courses.



This programme is accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). Our degrees are offered as 3 year BEng (Bachelor of Engineering) or 4 year MEng (Master of Engineering) qualifications. Both the BEng and MEng are internationally recognized and accredited by the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). Our MEng qualification is designed to satisfy the academic requirements set by the Engineering Council UK for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

Chartered Engineers enjoy excellent prospects, enhanced employability and high salaries. If you prefer to graduate with a BEng after 3 years of study your degree will provide partial fulfilment of the necessary academic requirements for Chartered Engineer status.

For registration by Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM) the four year undergraduate MEng programme plus a summer industrial placement is required. In addition, relevant work experience is required for membership of the Institution of Chemical Engineers in the UK.

Course content

First Year

BEng and MEng

  • Introduction to Process Engineering C
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Chemical Thermodynamics and Introductory Chemical Kinetics
  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists 3
  • Thermodynamics
  • Heat Transfer
  • Process Design A
  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists 4

Second Year

BEng and MEng

  • Separation Processes A
  • Business Awareness, Safety and Sustainability
  • Chemical Reaction Engineering
  • Chemistry of Materials for Chemical Engineers
  • Separation Processes B
  • Multiphase Thermodynamics
  • Process Modelling and Control
  • Process Design B

BEng students who meet the progression requirements for the MEng programme may transfer programmes at the end of Year 2.

Third Year

BEng and MEng

  • Unit Operations A
  • Sustainability, Health and Safety
  • Energy Generation and Utilisation
  • Chemical Reaction, Modelling and Control
  • Reaction Engineering


  • BEng Design Project A
  • BEng Research Project
  • BEng Design Project B
  • Oil and Gas Processing


  • MEng Design Project A
  • FLAME Appraisal
  • MEng Design Project B
  • FLAME Development
  • Industrial Training
  • Fluid Transportation

Students undertake a compulsory industrial training placement.

Fourth Year

MEng Chemical Engineering with Oil and Gas Technology ONLY

  • MEng Design Project C
  • MEng Research Project C
  • Professional and Industrial Studies
  • Unit Operations B
  • MEng Design Project D
  • MEng Research Project D
  • Advanced Chemical Engineering
  • Oil and Gas Processing
  • Process Intensification


Graduates will find employment ranging from research and development, through the design, commissioning and management of plant, to product marketing and technical services.

Entry requirements

  • Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Foundation in Science: CCCC
  • A-Level/STPM: BBC including B in Mathematics and Chemistry.
  • WACE/SACE: ATAR 75 including B in Mathematics and Chemistry.
  • CPU: 75% including B in Mathematics and Chemistry.
  • UEC: 15 points or less including A in Mathematics and Chemistry (5 subjects not less than B grade)
  • SMA 3: 8.0 in Mathematics and Chemistry.
  • IB Diploma: Minimum 5 in SL Mathematics and Chemistry.
  • Diploma deemed recognised by the Malaysian Government
  • Any other relevant qualification deemed recognised by the Malaysian Government, acceptable to the University.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, then evidence of proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 is required.

If you do not have IELTS 6.0, we offer a Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSEP) prior to commencing your studies.


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Scholarships and bursaries

See our range of scholarships and sponsored scholarships.