Why Study Chemical Engineering at the University of Edinburgh?

The teaching team integrates the knowledge gained by their world-class research activities into the course, both in lecture material and in undergraduate research projects.

Our strategy in teaching is to start with the scientific principles underpinning the practice of chemical engineering and then to show how these are applied in solving engineering problems.

Chemical Engineering has a long tradition at the University of Edinburgh and in 2015-2016 we are celebrating our Diamond Jubilee.

According to all independent rankings we recognised as the best Chemical Engineering department in Scotland and our graduates go on to jobs with the highest starting salaries in the UK.

A very active Chemical Engineering Society, run by the students, also helps students to get to know each other and interacting with industry with the Denbigh Networking Dinner, which has become a regular feature at the beginning of October.

There is a structured programme of laboratory work and industrial visits to support the lecture material and design teaching.

Group design exercises are used throughout the degree programme to apply the taught theory. We make extensive use of industrial contacts, especially in design where both teaching and project supervision are carried out by engineers with many years of industrial experience. There is also the opportunity of an industrial placement in the final year of the MEng programme.

All our programmes are reviewed annually with input from an industrial advisory board.

Student Profile

Rory, MEng Chemical Engineering student

"In high school, when discussing with a teacher my options for courses at university I told him that I had a strong interest in maths, chemistry and physics. He suggested chemical engineering and the more I researched it, the more it seemed like the right choice for me. I really liked the atmosphere at King's Buildings when I visited on the applicant's day and so Edinburgh became my first choice."

Careers in Chemical Engineering

Whilst many chemical engineering graduates still begin their careers working in the chemical or oil industries, or for the engineering contractors who design and build process plants, there is an increasing demand for chemical engineers from less traditional employers. There are growing opportunities for those who wish to use their chemical engineering knowledge directly in food and drink production, the water industry, electronics manufacture, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, personal products and many other areas.

However the breadth and depth of training required to become a practising chemical engineer, with its emphasis on numerate problem-solving and communication skills, is an excellent basis for other careers, for example in informatics, finance, accountancy, marketing or general management. This wide range of potential employers means that our graduates are exceptionally well placed to find rewarding and lucrative careers. Many others choose to further their studies by proceeding to postgraduate level studying on PhD and MSc courses.

Some of the companies our recent graduates have gone on to work in include: BP, Diageo, GlaxoSmithKline, KPMG and Procter & Gamble among many others.

All of our undergraduate degrees are accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).

Chemical Engineering Student
Chemical Engineering Students
Chemical Engineering Students