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  • Scotland (Widening Access Places only)
  • England, Northern Ireland and Wales
  • International
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The course

UCAS code
Up to 5 years
Delivery type


  • Contact

    Dr Alex Bell / Dr Julian Goodwin

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 131 451 4100

  • Email


The Diploma in Industrial Training, which is available with all our Chemical Engineering courses, allows students the chance to work in the chemical and process industry before completing their final year(s) of study. The course structure is the same as followed by the MEng/BEng course. Students need to apply and be accepted for a place in industry in order to qualify for the DIT award.


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.

Detailed course information

Course content

Detailed course guide

Year 1

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.

Year 2

Important themes are developed focusing on an understanding of the movement of material, heat and how materials behave. The principal components of this Level include: Fluid Mechanics; Heat Transfer; and Thermodynamics. A mini design project pulls together the key themes for this year.

Year 3

For standard BEng/MEng candidates this Level is identical to the BEng/MEng Chemical Engineering structure. Students can apply to companies offering industrial placements. Successful candidates will usually start their placement during the summer vacation.

Year 4

Year in Industry: Through the placement year, regular contact between the student and University takes place via progress reports and visits. Historically, placements have seen students take on responsible roles supporting their line manager and the company as a whole in its day-to-day operations.

Year 5

The specialist and core Chemical Engineering subjects are concluded along with the extensive research project. A central theme is the enhanced design project where students have the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in process design and commercial awareness..

Unistats course data


Work and study

This is what our BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering and Diploma in Industrial Training students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 68% are working
  • 14% are studying
  • 3% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 86% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.


  • The average salary of students six months after graduating: £28000
  • The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £27000


These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:

  • Engineering professionals
  • Sales occupations
  • Business and public service associate professionals
  • Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
  • Natural and social science professionals
  • Teaching and educational professionals
  • Business, research and administrative professionals
  • Information technology and telecommunications professionals
  • Conservation and environment professionals
  • Architects, town planners and surveyors

Entry requirements

Year 1

  • Highers AAAB
  • A-Levels BBC
  • Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with BC in Advanced Higher Mathematics and Chemistry
  • Int. Baccalaureate 29 points to include Higher Level Mathematics and Chemistry
  • HNC B In graded unit. Additional HNC profile requirement - Please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further
  • Additional information Qualifications must include Mathematics and Chemistry. Physics is strongly advised at least at Standard Grade / National 5, GCSE, or equivalent. Applicants may be admitted with a range of alternative qualifications.

Year 2

  • Advanced Highers AB in Mathematics and Chemistry
  • A-Levels AAB
  • Scottish Baccalaureate Distinction with AB in Adv. Higher Mathematics and Chemistry
  • HNC A in graded unit. Additional HNC profile requirement - graded units tariff is for guidance only. Please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.
  • HND BB in graded units. Additional HND profile requirement - graded units tariff is for guidance only. Please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.

Year 3

  • Some applicants may qualify for advanced entry to Level 3. For example HND, AA in graded units. Additional HND profile requirement: graded units tariff is for guidance only. Please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.
  • Heriot-Watt also have a Partnership Route with Forth Valley College to provide progression from the HND Chemical Process Technology into the Heriot-Watt BEng or MEng degree programme, see Combined HND and MEng

Additional information

  • Progression to MEng Successful progression on MEng will depend on academic performance during Level 3.
  • BTEC Relevant BTEC qualifications are accepted; please contact Admissions Tutor for further details.


Tuition fees for 2019 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales*** International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £18,480

* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.

** European Union countries (not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales).

*** 'Rest of the UK' (RUK) students entering at Level 1 receive a fee waiver of one year's tuition fee. Normally this will be the final year, or a year during which students study abroad (either at a partnership institution, or at one of Heriot-Watt's overseas campuses).

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2018

In addition to government maintenance loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.