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.

Chemical Engineering is about transforming raw materials into valuable and desirable products, creating durable products and services, producing the enabling technology and know-how for a sustainable future. Chemical and biochemical engineers often have the satisfaction of being able to make a 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 to the market. Products from the chemical and process industries ensure these are amongst the most successful and thriving types of business in the UK and around the globe. Chemical engineers play a vital role in achieving that success.

The 2014 National Student Survey results ranks Chemical Engineering at Heriot-Watt No. 1 in the UK for fourth year in succession, with a 94% student satisfaction rating.

Undergraduate programmes

We offer a BEng and a range of MEng degree programmes. Specialities include Chemical Engineering with Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Energy Engineering, or Oil and Gas Technology.

We are keen to recruit talented students to our Industrial Engineering course as part of our Engineers of the Future programme.

Our BEng Engineering provides an opportunity to study a range of subjects in the first year and choices about specialisation in later years.  We also have a combined MEng and HND Chemical Engineering with Forth Valley College.

Our research

Our staff carry out research in several areas of the school including:

  • Chemical and Process Engineering group in
    Institute of Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering
  • Institute of Chemical Sciences
  • Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics & Bio-engineering

Postgraduate programmes

We offer a wide range of PhD projects and a specialist MSc with the extensive skills-base and research interests of our staff.  

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