The course

UCAS code
Up to 5 years
Delivery type



Combine your favourite subjects of Chemistry and French, German, or Spanish. Your advanced language tuition is by Heriot-Watt’s School of Social Sciences. Students study a language during the first three Levels, alongside the same core chemistry courses as all our other degrees. In Level 4, students carry out a research project at a chemistry department within one of our partner universities in France, Germany or Spain (the project report being produced in the appropriate language). Graduates are chemists fluent in their chosen language with careers available in the global chemical industries either at home or abroad. Contact Admissions Tutor to discuss language requirements.


Accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry for partially meeting the academic criteria for Chartered Chemist (CChem).

Course content

   Detailed course guide
Year 1

Students will gain a good understanding of the fundamental principles of Chemistry, and are introduced to lab skills illustrating various experimental techniques. Mathematics and language courses are also studied.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:34%
  • Independent study:66%
  • Placement:0%


  • Written:51%
  • Practical:6%
  • Coursework:43%
Year 2

Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry lectures continue with emphasis on the relationship between theoretical principles and experimental measurements. Language courses are studied.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:33%
  • Independent study:67%
  • Placement:0%


  • Written:58%
  • Practical:15%
  • Coursework:27%
Year 3

Advanced Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry with advanced language courses are studied. Communication and teamwork skills are developed and lab work becomes more advanced.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:37%
  • Independent study:63%
  • Placement:0%


  • Written:56%
  • Practical:15%
  • Coursework:29%
Year 4

A year-long placement carrying out research in one of our partner Chemistry Departments in France, Germany or Spain, plus two distance learning courses are taken.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:6%
  • Independent study:19%
  • Placement:75


  • Written:15%
  • Practical:38%
  • Coursework:47%
Year 5

Includes a short research project along with lectures in advanced Inorganic, Organic, and Physical Chemistry and specialist Chemistry courses.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:45%
  • Independent study:55%
  • Placement:0%


  • Written:67%
  • Practical:13%
  • Coursework:20%

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