Chemical engineering at Edinburgh

  • Scotland's Top Chemical Engineering Course (Guardian, 2021)
  • 3rd in the UK for Engineering (REF 2021)
  • The World's best city (TimeOut 2022)

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REF 2021

The Edinburgh Research Partnership in Engineering is delighted to announce that, following the outcome of REF2021, the joint submission from the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University in Engineering was ranked 1st in Scotland and 3rd in the UK for quality and breadth.

Read more:
University of Edinburgh press release
Edinburgh Research Partnership in Engineering website


The University of Edinburgh is committed to teaching excellence and producing outstanding graduates. Indeed, we are Number 1 in Scotland and Top 2 in UK for graduate outcomes/employment (Graduate Outcomes Survey). Moreover, the latest report from the Quality Assurance Agency awarded us the highest rating possible for the quality of the student learning experience. We are always working to develop innovative approaches to teaching in order to discover the methods that work best for students, including e-learning techniques and peer-assisted learning - read our Teaching Matters blog to see what we have been up to recently.

Our Chemical Engineering degree is designed to challenge students, and to promote curiosity and creativity. Further details about us and our course are given in the video below, and on the regularly updated University degree finder pages.

The University of Edinburgh has a long history of teaching excellence in Chemical Engineering, having started with a Chair of Chemical Technology in 1955. Since then we have grown to a diverse and engaging community of over 40 academics and typically over 400 Undergraduate students.

Our mission

Chemical Engineering at the University of Edinburgh aims to:

  1. Educate students into visionary professional engineers, critical thinkers and leaders;
  2. Give students skills to tackle tomorrow’s major societal challenges using Chemical Engineering principles;
  3. Maintain close links with industry to deliver relevant teaching, professional development and to stimulate innovation;
  4. Foster a community of global thought leaders benefiting students and industry through research-led teaching;
  5. Build equality in society through our values of inclusion, diversity, and internationalism.

Your career

Our graduates find themselves in a highly broad and varied range of roles shortly after graduation, from pursuing careers in traditional engineering roles, through to finance, manufacturing, business and of course to further, postgraduate, study. We have an active careers service that is available to help guide students in their career after University.


Our degrees are accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers, the key global professional chemical engineering body. See our Undergraduate degree pages for details.

Industrial links

We benefit greatly from our direct links to industry. Our industrial liaison board includes, among others, Diageo (drinks), Kent (energy), Lucideon (materials) and Xodus (energy).

Diageo logo

Kent Plc logo

Lucideon logo

Xodus Group logo

Read more about our Industrial and Business collaborations.

Students in Edinburgh
Students in Edinburgh
IChemE Accreditation
IChemE Accreditation