The course

UCAS code
Up to 5 years
Delivery type



Students can experience the life and culture of Australia working at one of our partner institutions. Year 3 of the degree is spent in Australia taking chemistry courses equivalent to those based in Edinburgh. There are no local tuition fees to pay and accommodation is arranged by the host university.


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

Course content

Year 1

Students gain a good understanding of the fundamental principles of Chemistry, and are introduced to laboratory skills illustrating various experimental techniques. Mathematics and an optional subject are also studied.

Learning and teaching

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


  • Written:57%
  • Practical:6%
  • Coursework:37%%
Year 2

Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry lectures, with an emphasis on the relationship between theoretical principles and experimental measurements. Students choose an optional subject.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:35%
  • Independent study:65%
  • Placement:0%


  • Written:67%
  • Practical:15%
  • Coursework:18%%
Year 3

Students study Chemistry at one of our partner universities in Australia, taking all lectures, tutorials and labs. Students have a local supervisor and are visited by Heriot-Watt Chemistry staff. There are no Australian tuition fees to pay.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:0%
  • Independent study:0%
  • Placement:100%


  • Written:50%
  • Practical:0%
  • Coursework:50%%
Year 4

Students study Advanced Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry, together with special topics. BSc (Hons) students undertake a 16-week chemistry research project. MChem students also undertake special practical courses designed to give a deeper understanding of modern analytical practical techniques; these are underpinned with theoretical aspects.

Learning and teaching

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


  • Written:67%
  • Practical:13%
  • Coursework:20%
Year 5

Involves an extensive 24-week research project with Inorganic, Organic or Physical Chemistry at the research level, plus specialist Chemistry courses.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:53%
  • Independent study:47%
  • Placement:0%


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