Dr Julian Goodwin
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The 2019 NSS results placed Chemical Engineering at Heriot-Watt as 1st in Scotland, based on the average response across all questions submitted by students.
Our Chemical Engineering degrees provide students with both the theory and practical application expected by industry. We have strong links with professional communities, allowing us to enhance the career prospects of our graduates.
Our course gives you a sound understanding of both the chemical and process engineering fundamentals that you need to become a professional chartered engineer. In addition to a grounding in science, maths and engineering, our students acquire practical abilities that are highly sought after by industry and complete a year working in industry.
The BEng course is a 5 year degree which shares the same first three years with the MEng programme. The Diploma in Industrial Training allows students the chance to work in the chemical and process industry before completing their final year(s) of study. Final year students undertake a commercial tender exercise, working in multi-disciplinary groups to take on the role of a design house pitching for business to our industrial advisory board.
Students need to apply and be accepted for a place in industry in order to qualify for the DIT award. Academic tutors will provide help and guidance on finding a placement.
Facilities and labs
We have invested in our lab facilities to provide students with equipment of industrial standard found in industry. Our labs have a full range of services including modern cooling, steam and compressed air systems. Electronics and programming have been integrated into our teaching, with Arduino and Labview being used as graphical programming platforms. Students gain a basic understanding of electronics in the first two years to enble them to use these platforms.
Strong links with industry
Our Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) is comprised of both alumni and company representatives, who provide input into the development of our degree programme. The involvement of the IAB ensures our programmes stay relevant to the needs of industry and that our graduates are prepared for the jobs of the future.
Find out more about some of the careers our graduates have progressed to.
The BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering and Diploma in Industrial Training is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) on behalf of the Engineering Council.* All students are provided with a student membership of the IChemE, which is paid for by the department.
*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.