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Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineers transform raw materials into valuable everyday items and develop the technology we need to create a sustainable future. Heriot-Watt University has been a leader in Chemical Engineering for over 50 years.

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A better future with Chemical Engineering

Our degrees are accredited by IChemE and provide a sound understanding of the fundamentals of chemical and process engineering, in preparation to becoming a professional engineer. 

You will develop expertise in the underlying processes, facilities and concepts required by chemical engineers, along with the problem-solving and analysis skills to solve real and practical engineering problems.

Our graduates are employed in many sectors from pharmaceuticals, bioprocessing, and biotechnology to food and drink, energy, power generation and water supply.

Chemical Engineering

Why the world needs Chemical Engineering

Undergraduate Chemical Engineering programmes


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Why Heriot-Watt?

Ranking (Chemical Engineering, Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024, National Student Survey (NSS) 2021)

We are ranked 2nd in Scotland and 8th in UK for Chemical Engineering by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024. We are ranked 1st in Scotland for student satisfaction - National Student Survey (NSS) 2021.

Living in Edinburgh

Historic and beautiful, a cultural capital that fuels the senses whether you love the arts or nature, nightlife or study life, Edinburgh is stimulating and inspirational and never, ever boring.

Exchange programme

If you're studying at any of our UK campuses, you can transfer to Dubai or Malaysia for a semester, a year or longer through our Go Global programme. We also offer European and international study exchange destinations.

Formula Student

Heriot-Watt Racing is the student-led team which takes part in the annual Formula Student competition.

Chemical Engineering Society

The Heriot-Watt Chemical Engineering Society is a student body that organises social events throughout the year so you can meet fellow students. Events include social fundraiser, Christmas ceilidh, Frank Morton Sports Day and Graduation Ball.

Edinburgh Campus facilities

At Heriot-Watt University, we offer a wide range of services to help you deal with all aspects of your life with us, whether these be academic, personal, technical, financial or just plain fun!

We are accredited by the following organisations

At Heriot-Watt University we develop degrees that are relevant for the world of work. We work with Professional bodies and Institutes to gain appropriate Accreditations and Professional Memberships for your industry. Find out below how this degree aligns to industry.

Institution of Chemical Engineers

Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)

Accredited 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. Candidates must hold a masters or doctorate accredited as further learning for CEng to hold accredited qualifications for CEng registration.

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