Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineers are highly valued by employers for their all-round skills, and job prospects are excellent. Graduates are employed in many sectors, from fine chemicals and food products, to utility suppliers, polymers and the oil industry.

Chemical Engineering is about transforming raw materials into valuable and desirable products, creating durable products and services, producing the enabling technology and know-how for a sustainable future. Chemical and biochemical engineers often have the satisfaction of being able to make a valuable input at every stage of a project - from the initial idea, through to the product emerging at the end of the line and even to the market. Products from the chemical and process industries ensure these are amongst the most successful and thriving types of business in the UK and around the globe. Chemical engineers play a vital role in achieving that success.

The 2012 National Student Survey results ranks Chemical Engineering at Heriot-Watt No. 1 in the UK for second year in succession, with a 97% student satisfaction rating.

We offer a BEng and a range of MEng degree programmes. Specialities include Chemical Engineering with Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Energy Engineering, or Oil and Gas Technology.

We are launching a new combined MEng and HND Chemical Engineering with Forth Valley College.

We offer a wide range of PhD projects and a specialist MSc with the extensive skills-base and research interests of our staff.  

See also

Our staff carry out research in several areas of the school including: