BEng (Hons) / MEng Chemical Engineering (partnership college route)

The course

5 years
Delivery type

Study our BEng (Hons) or MEng Chemical Engineering degree in partnership with Forth Valley College. Students complete an HND Chemical Process Technology in the first 2 years at the college, which enables direct entry to Year 3 at Heriot-Watt University.


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Heriot-Watt University's BEng or MEng in Chemical Engineering 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.

Chemical Engineering Rankings

Chemical Engineering at Heriot-Watt University ranked 1st in Scotland and 5th in the UK for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2021.The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 ranked Heriot-Watt University as 1st in Scotland and 3rd in the UK for Chemical Engineering.

Chemical Engineering Research

96% of Heriot-Watt University’s engineering research was classed as world-leading in the REF 2021 review, which ranked us 1st in Scotland and 3rd in the UK for engineering research through a joint submission with the University of Edinburgh.

The Institute of Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering promotes excellence across our main research themes: Biomedical Engineering, Energy Harvesting and Conversion, Multiphase Flow and Digital Engineering. Heriot-Watt University is the leader amongst UK universities in promoting energy activities through its ‘Energy Academy’, a virtual centre which connects all energy-related research across the University.

Programme structure

Years 1 and 2: Forth Valley College

The course is delivered for the first two years at Forth Valley College, where you will study the fundamental principles of chemical engineering and chemistry. In the second semester of Year 2, Forth Valley College students participate in a design project at Heriot-Watt.

Years 3 to 5: Heriot-Watt University

Forth Valley College students will transfer into the third year of the Heriot-Watt BEng/MEng Chemical Engineering programme and follow its programme structure for the remainder of the degree.

Forth Valley entry requirements

The entry requirements for the Forth Valley HND are Scottish Highers BBC or equivalent. These must include chemistry and mathematics. Find out more about the partnership programme with Forth Valley College. 

If you wish to apply for direct entry to first year at Heriot-Watt, please see our our main BEng Chemical Engineering or MEng Chemical Engineering course pages.

Application form

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



The BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering are 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 (Hons) Chemical Engineering

Course content

Students on this partnership route enter at Year 3 having first completed their HND Chemical Process Technology programmes at Forth Valley College.

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.

Year 5

MEng only

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.

Entry requirements

Year 1

For this special partnership programme, Years 1 and 2 are taken at Forth Valley College. See Forth Valley College for entry requirements.

Year 2

For this special partnership programme, Years 1 and 2 are taken at Forth Valley College. See Forth Valley College for entry requirements.

Year 3

You must have completed the HND Chemical Process Technology from Forth Valley College before transferring to Heriot-Watt for Year 3 of this partnership programme.

Additional information

This course refers to a special partnership entry route only. If you are interested in studying a BEng Chemical Engineering or MEng Chemical Engineering with direct entry to Heriot-Watt in Year 1 or 2, please refer to the main Chemical Engineering subject page for details.


Tuition fees for 2022 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland
Fee Paid by SAAS

* 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.

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