Chemical Engineering

University of Edinburgh


King's Buildings Campus


Year 1
Your time will be divided between engineering, mathematics and chemistry. You study two or more branches of engineering in first semester, followed by the first in-depth study of chemical engineering.

Year 2
Your chemical engineering knowledge will broaden with the study of core chemical engineering subjects including Thermodynamics, Separations and Fluid Dynamics courses, supported by classes in mathematics. A significant part of the year is taught through practical activities and you will visit nearby industrial plants.

Year 3
In Year 3 you will deepen your understanding of chemical engineering with courses including Thermodynamics and Unit Operations, Heat Mass and Momentum Transfer, Process Dynamics and Control and Process Safety. You will also put your knowledge into practice in the laboratory.

At the end of Year 3, you will have the option of completing one more year for a BEng (Hons) or studying for a further two years for an MEng (Hons).

Year 4
In Year 4 there is a strong emphasis on design, with both individual and group projects. This is complemented by courses on Engineering Project Management and Reaction Engineering. Specialist study and innovative coursework will prepare you for your professional career.

Year 5
In your MEng year you will concentrate on your final project either in industry or in academia, in the UK or abroad. You will have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge in specialist subjects that you can choose as options from a range of advanced courses.

Entry Requirements

2025 entry requirements

Standard entry:
4 Highers at AABB (first sitting) or AAAB (two sittings) including Maths at A and Chemistry plus National 5 Engineering Science or Physics at B and English at C.

For direct entry to year 2 you would require Advanced Higher Maths and Chemistry at AA

Widening Access entry:
4 Highers at AABB (by end of S6, BBB must be achieved in one sitting S4-S6) including Maths at A and Chemistry plus National 5 Engineering Science or Physics at B and English at C.

Start Date






Study Method

Full time



Course Length

5 years


College of Science and Engineering



SCQF Level



Career Area


Career Sectors

Aeronautical Engineering

Chemical and Materials Engineering

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Engineering General

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (including Fabrication and Welding)

Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Offshore and Energy