Combined HND & MEng

Chemical Engineering is an exciting and challenging area of study. Chemical Engineers take a raw material and turn it into a useful product as cost effectively as possible.

By applying for the combined HND Chemical Process Technology programme at Forth Valley College you are taking the first step towards a dynamic and rewarding career in Chemical Engineering. Completion of the HND at an appropriate standard gives you a guaranteed progression path to the MEng programme at Heriot-Watt University.


Up to 5 Years Full-time (2 Years at Forth Valley College)


Years 1 & 2

  The course is delivered for the first two years at Forth Valley College, here you will study the fundamental principles of chemical engineering and chemistry. Topics of study include:

  • Chemical engineering principles
  • Heat transfer
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Unit operations
  • Equipment design
  • Process safety

Year 3

Provides opportunities to analyse key operations in the industry, particularly the processing and separation of gases and liquids. In parallel, there are subjects looking at chemical reactor theory, how processes are controlled and the prediction of physical behaviour. Topics on Safety, Environment and Economics are 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: Processing Solids; Energy Efficiency; and Developing Sustainable Processes. A group-based design project and individual research project are also undertaken.

Year 5

Specialist and core chemical engineering subjects are studied in this year, 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.

Career Paths

  • Chemical Engineer
  • Process Engineer

Entry requirements

Scottish Highers BBB or A level BB. These must include chemistry and mathematics.

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Application Form

To apply for this combined programme, you can either apply via UCAS using the code H8AS Chemical Engineering with Energy Engineering or you can use the online application form for the MEng Chemical Engineering at Forth Valley College.

Key information

EPS Student Support Office

Falkirk Campus Forth Valley College