Chemical Engineering at the University of Edinburgh

Chemical engineers drive innovation at scale. We help make the world a better place by using scientific principles to design and operate clean, safe and sustainable processes which transform materials and help tackle tomorrow’s grand challenges.​​

Hear from teaching staff and students on our undergraduate chemical engineering degrees at the School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh.

Our programmes

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Find out more about our Chemical Engineering programmes on our degree finder; including what you will study, entry requirements, career opportunities, fees, funding and how to apply:

Chemical Engineering BEng
Chemical Engineering MEng

Why Edinburgh?

We value our close links to industry. Our Industrial Liaison Board provides guidance on curriculum development and the professional attributes you will need to thrive as a graduate​.

You will visit local process plants during the second year of your programme to understand how your learning is applied in practice​.

As part of the MEng, you have the option of undertaking your final year project as either a 6-month paid industry placement, 6-month project at an overseas research institution, or as an in-house research project and will be supported by our dedicated placement team​.

You will learn from our world-leading academics, who are conducting cutting-edge research which directly informs the teaching you receive​.

All our degrees are accredited by IChemE​.


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Our award-winning Careers Service will support you during your degree and after graduation, to recognise the wealth of possibilities ahead.​


Student stories

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Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students what it’s like to study Chemical Engineering here!​

Student stories


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Our alumni have used their degrees to enter hugely varied careers around the world. Read about the paths they have taken.​

Alumni profiles

Our people

Personal Chair in Fluid Dynamics and Director of Discipline
Senior Lecturer in Chemical Reaction Engineering - Discipline Programme Manager


We offer both taught masters and research degree programmes in Chemical Engineering:

Postgraduate taught (MSc)

Postgraduate research opportunities


Research in Chemical Engineering is mainly carried out in the following institutes:

Materials and Processes
Multiscale Thermofluids

Learn more about Research at the School of Engineering