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Heriot-Watt University

Chemical Engineering

UCAS Code: H802
BEng (Hons) 5 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

120

% applicants receiving offers

89%

Subjects
  • Chemical, process & energy engineering
Student score
73% MED
% employed or in further study
93% MED
Average graduate salary
£29k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
BBB

Mathematics and Chemistry.

Scottish Highers
AAAB

Mathematics and Chemistry.

Scottish Advanced Highers
AAB

Mathematics and Chemistry.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate
29

to include Higher Level Mathematics and Chemistry

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

89%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£1,820

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Heriot-Watt University is ranked 1st in the UK for Chemical Engineering by the National Student Survey 2013 (and has been for four consecutive years), and is ranked in the Top Ten in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2015. 94% of our students expressed overall satisfaction with this programme. 95% were in work/study within six months of completing the programme. 85% were in a professional or managerial job within six months. The Diploma in Industrial Training provides the opportunity to work in the chemical and process industry before completing your final year(s) of study. The programme is 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.

Modules

Year 1: Modules include: basic mathematics and science skills; overview of the industry and basic techniques and principles of chemical engineering; mass balances; basic thermodynamics; energy balances; information technology and communication skills; a language; further science; engineering. Year 2: Modules include: material and energy balances; thermodynamics; process control; fluid mechanics; heat and mass transfer; intensive summer-term project; chemistry; mathematics; computing. Year 3: Modules include: chemical reactions and separation processes; heat and mass transfer; control; distillation; numerical modelling; laboratory work; process appraisal; complementary topics on safety; a group-based design project. Final year: Modules include: particle technology; distillation; process integration; control; safety and environmental management; major group-based design and individual research projects.

Heriot-Watt University

The reception

Heriot-Watt is Scotland's most international university with beautiful campuses in Edinburgh, Scottish Borders, Orkney, Dubai and now Malaysia. We offer students the opportunity to have an international experience in a lovely learning environment no matter where they study. And did you know that Heriot-Watt is one of only two universities in Europe offering a Brewing and Distilling degree..?

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
31%
69%

Year 1

32%
68%

Year 2

33%
67%

Year 3

100%

Year 4

27%
73%

Year 5

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
75%
25%

Year 1

61%
31%
8%

Year 2

56%
31%
13%

Year 3

100%

Year 4

62%
34%
4%

Year 5

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 76%
Student score 73% MED
Able to access IT resources

95%

Staff made the subject interesting

56%

Library resources are satisfactory

84%

Feedback on work has been helpful

54%

Feedback on work has been prompt

37%

Staff are good at explaining things

71%

Received sufficient advice and support

72%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
36% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
24% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
23% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
427 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
66% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
6% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 93% MED
Average graduate salary £29k HIGH
Graduates who are engineering professionals

70%

Graduates who are natural and social science professionals

2%

Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

2%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Although the chemicals industry, like a lot of manufacturing, had a tough time during the recession, the UK has had a shortage of chemical engineers for a while now so starting salaries are good. In fact, across the UK, only doctors and dentists bettered the average starting salary for chemical engineering graduates, and in Scotland, where the best starting salaries for chemical engineers are to be found (thanks to the oil and gas industry), even dentists lagged behind last year. So if you want to make good money from the start, this is the degree to take. Most graduates take a longer course that leads to an MEng – which is what you need to take if you want to be a Chartered Engineer. Chemical engineers are also more likely than other engineers to take doctorates and go into research roles, so if you want to take an engineering subject but fancy a research job, this might be a good subject to take.
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