The course

UCAS code
H803
Duration
6 years
Location
Edinburgh
Delivery type
Full-time

Contact

Overview

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 MEng Chemical Engineering and Diploma in Industrial Training provides 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.

Programme structure

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 independently apply and be accepted for a place in industry in order to qualify for the DIT award. Places in industry are very competitive and as such cannot be guaranteed.

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.

The MEng with DIT course is a six-year degree which shares the same first three years with the BEng programme. For BEng students, the 4th year is spent working in industry, before returning to study for one more year. For MEng students, the placement is preferable taken after four years of study, before again retuning for one more year at university.

For MEng students, specialist and core chemical engineering subjects are studied in the final year, along with an extensive research project. Final year MEng students also 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.

Facilities and labs

We have invested in our lab facilities to provide students with equipment of industrial standard. 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 allow 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.

Accreditation

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The MEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering is fully 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.

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

(and Sixth Year) 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.

Employability

Work and study

This is what our MEng 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.

Salary

  • 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

Jobs

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

Standard entry requirements
  • Highers AAAB (including Mathematics and Chemistry AA)
  • A-Levels BBC (including Mathematics and Chemistry BB)
  • Int. Baccalaureate 31 points (with Higher Level Mathematics and Chemistry)
  • BTEC DDM (including Mathematics and Chemistry DD)
  • HNC A in graded unit (in relevant HNC)

Minimum entry requirements*

  • Highers BBBC (including Mathematics and Chemistry BB)
  • A-Levels BCC (including Mathematics and Chemistry BC)

* Minimum: under our Fair Access Policy, we will relax our standard entry requirements for some Scottish students depending on their circumstances. Our minimum requirements will apply if you:

  • live in an area within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation lowest 20% (SIMD20), or
  • are care experienced.

We can also make exceptions for some Scottish students with grades above minimum but below standard. Read more about our Minimum and standard entry requirements

Year 2

  • Advanced Highers AAB (including Mathematics and Chemistry AA plus Highers AAAB)
  • A-Levels AAB (including Mathematics and Chemistry AA)
  • Int. Baccalaureate 36 points (with Higher Level Mathematics at 7 and Higher Level Chemistry at 6)
  • Appropriate HND AB in graded units (in relevant HND)

Year 3

  • HND AA in graded units (in relevant HND)

Additional information

  • This degree is also available through a Partnership Route at selected Scottish colleges.
  • For all years, applications are welcomed from holders of non-school qualifications,  mature candidates and overseas students.
  • If you do not see your qualifications here please contact us at studywithus@hw.ac.uk
  • Intermediate 2 / National 5 / GCSE English and Mathematics are required for entry to all levels of our Chemical Engineering courses.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will have to show us that your English is good enough to succeed on your course. Please refer to our English language requirements.

Fees

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).

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your studies at Heriot-Watt over and above tuition fees in an academic year. Depending on your programme of study, these may include: protective equipment, field trips, professional memberships, studio fees, required course texts or other study resources.

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2020

In addition to government 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:

Merit Awards for international students starting undergraduate degree courses in 2019

If you are an international fee-paying, self-funded applicant and have achieved, or are on course to achieve, the minimum entry requirements for the programme you wish to study you may be eligible for:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.