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 BEng 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.
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 BEng course is a four-year degree which shares the same first three years with the MEng programme. You choose which route to follow at the end of your 3rd year, giving you flexibility to decide which degree best suits your career ambitions.
Final year students 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.
The BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering 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.
Teaching and Learning
The overall approach in the course to teaching and learning is a student-centred one, which is designed to encourage students to take increasing responsibility for their own learning and development as the course progresses. The main focus is on active learning through experimentation and design.
The requisite competencies related to Subject Mastery are acquired and developed through lectures, tutorials, group work, case studies, design projects and research projects (Stages Three to Four). The practical component of each course reinforces the development of subject-specific skills through a combination of projects, laboratory work, computer-based design packages and applications and industrial visits.
The assessment policy for the course incorporates a range of assessment types. Formative tests may be scheduled during courses to provide feedback on performance and to inform further development. Continuous assessment during modules and summative assessment at the conclusion of modules both contribute to the overall assessment and are used to measure achievement in specified learning outcomes formally.
- A level
- Scottish Higher
- Scottish Advanced Higher
- Scottish HNC
- Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)
- Scottish HND
- International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
Grades / Points
including Mathematics and Chemistry at grades BB for entry to Year 1.For Year 2 entry: AAB including Mathematics and Chemistry at grades AA.
This section explains how much you will need to pay in tuition fees to study this course at this university. Fees vary by country of residence so make sure you select which country of residence applies to you.
£9,250 per year
These are the tuition fees you pay if you are resident in England
About this University
Heriot-Watt University is a truly global university; its five campuses include sites in Malaysia, with over 1,200 students, and Dubai, with nearly 4,000 students. With a proud history of quality teaching and practical research dating back to 1821, it develops industry-ready graduates thanks to strong links with business and industry, and distinctive courses in science, engineering, design, business and languages.