The course

UCAS code
F1R9
Duration
Up to 5 years
Location
Edinburgh
Delivery type
Full-time

Contact

Overview

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.

Accreditation

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%

Assessment

  • 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%

Assessment

  • 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%

Assessment

  • 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

Assessment

  • 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%

Assessment

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

Employability

Work and study

This is what our MChem Chemistry with a European Language students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 55% are working
  • 35% are studying
  • 0% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 75% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.

Salary

  • The average salary of students six months after graduating: £21000
  • The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £20000

Jobs

These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:

  • Natural and social science professionals
  • Sales occupations
  • Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
  • Engineering professionals
  • Research and development managers
  • Business and public service associate professionals
  • Customer service occupations

Entry requirements

Year 1

  • Highers AABB or BBBBC
  • A-Levels BBB (to include Chemistry)
  • HNC A in graded unit. Additional HNC profile requirement. Please contact Admissions Tutor for further information.
  • Int. Baccalaureate 30 points to include Higher Level Chemistry at minimum Grade 5
  • Scottish Baccalaureate BC in Adv. Higher with Chemistry B, Disciplinary Project C and Higher B
  • Additional information Transfer from BSc to MChem is possible up to the end of Year 3 with a Chemistry average greater than 60%.

Year 2

  • A-Levels ABB including Chemistry and Mathematics
  • Advanced Highers AB in Chemistry and Mathematics, plus AABB at Higher.
  • HND BB in graded units. Graded tariff is for guidance only. Please contact Admissions Tutor for further information.
  • Int. Baccalaureate 35 points to include Higher Level Mathematics and Chemistry (both at minimum grade 6).
  • Scottish Baccalaureate AB in Adv. Higher with Chemistry and Maths, Disciplinary Project B and Higher B

Year 3

  • HND AA in graded units. Please contact Admissions Tutor for further information.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2017 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £17,440

* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.

** European Union countries, not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales.

Scholarships and bursaries

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Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2018

In addition to government maintenance loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

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