Chemical Engineering

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 ranked Heriot-Watt second in Scotland for Chemical Engineering.

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Chemical Engineering is about transforming raw materials into valuable and desirable products, and producing the enabling technology and know-how for a sustainable future.

Chemical Engineers need to be creative, using science, mathematics and economics to develop a wide range of products in everyday use. Their input is valuable at every stage of a project, from the initial idea through to the end product and even to market.

The chemical and process industries are amongst the most successful and thriving types of business in the UK and around the globe, and job prospects for Chemical Engineers are excellent. Graduates are employed in many sectors from fine chemicals and food products, to utility suppliers, pharmaceuticals and oil industry, as well as other areas such as finance and project management.


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Skills gained

  • Understanding chemical and physical principles and underlying chemical engineering concepts
  • Problem solving skills and analysis
  • An ability to apply skills to real, practical engineering problems
  • Professional development skills in communication, team working and career management
  • An ability to take an overview of a situation.

Teaching and assessment

Learning methods include:

  • lectures
  • problem solving classes
  • laboratory classes
  • skills workshops
  • individual and group assignments
  • project work, and
  • industrial visits.

Assessment is by a combination of continuous assessment and examination.

Professional recognition and exemptions

All courses in the UK are accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers. The Diploma in Industrial Training counts towards the required experience to gain Chartered Engineer status.

Prizes and scholarships

A number of industry-sponsored and endowed prizes are awarded to students at various stages throughout the course.

Key information

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