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The 2020 National Student Survey placed chemical engineering at Heriot-Watt as 1st in Scotland and 5th in the UK, based on students’ overall satisfaction with our programmes.
The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 ranked Heriot-Watt University as 1st in Scotland and 4th in the UK for Chemical Engineering.
Our BEng in Chemical Engineering and Diploma in Industrial Training provides students with both the theory and practical application expected by industry alongside completing a year working in industry. We have strong links with professional communities, allowing us to enhance the career prospects of our graduates.
The BEng and Diploma in Industrial Training programme is a five-year degree which shares the same first three years and the same final year with the BEng programme.
The Diploma in Industrial Training (DIT) allows students the chance to work in the chemical and process industry, usually in their 4th year. 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.
Our BEng and Diploma in Industrial Training programme gives you a sound understanding of both the chemical and process engineering fundamentals that you need to become a professional engineer. In addition to a grounding in science, maths and engineering, our students acquire practical abilities that are highly sought after by industry and developed through a year spent in industry.
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. Candidates must hold a masters or doctorate accredited as further learning for CEng to hold accredited qualifications for CEng registration.
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.
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.
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 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.
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..
Work and study
This is what our BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering and Diploma in Industrial Training students are doing six months after graduating:
- 67% are working
- 14% are studying
- 3% are working and studying.
- 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
Year 1Standard 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
- 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)
- HND AA in graded units (in relevant HND)
- This degree is also available through a Partnership Route at Forth Valley College.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
|Status*||Scotland / EU**||England / Northern Ireland / Wales***||International|
|Fee||Paid by SAAS||£9,250||£19,400|
* 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).
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
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:
View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.