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  • England, Northern Ireland and Wales
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The course

UCAS code
Up to 4 years
Delivery type


  • Contact

    Dr Alex Bell / Dr Julian Goodwin

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 131 451 4100

  • Email


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.

The BEng course forms the core for our advanced MEng courses allowing us to offer flexibility to students. Programmes share the same first two Levels, with the more chemistry oriented Pharmaceutical Chemistry MEng course specialising in chemistry topics in Level 3. Our courses aim to provide students with the sound understanding of chemical engineering fundamentals needed to become professional Chartered Engineers. In addition to a grounding in science, mathematics and engineering, our students acquire practical abilities that are highly sought after by industry.


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.

Victoria Neill

My personal tutor has been very supportive and really hands on, helping source placements and projects to make the most of my Royal Academy of Engineering scholarship funding.

Victoria Neill, BEng Chemical Engineering

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. An awareness of professional and personal development forms a critical part of the teaching in this year.

Year 2

Important themes focus on an understanding of the movement of fluids, heat transfer and how materials behave. Principal components include Fluid Mechanics; Heat Transfer; Mass Transfer and Thermodynamics. A mini design project is also included.

Year 3

Provides opportunities to analyse key operations in the industry, particularly the processing and separation of gases and liquids. In parallel, there are courses looking at chemical reactor theory, how processes are controlled and the prediction of physical behaviour. Material on Safety, Sustainability and Economics is consolidated in a group-based project.

Year 4

A central theme is the advanced analysis of key processing operations and their control. Specialist topics include Energy Efficiency, Safety and Sustainability. A group-based design project is also undertaken.

Unistats course data


Work and study

This is what our BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering 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.