The course

UCAS code
F105
Duration
Up to 5 years
Location
Edinburgh
Delivery type
Full-time

Contact

Overview

Students can experience at first hand US education, which is a system based upon the Scottish model, by spending the fourth year of the programme at one of our partner universities in the USA. Accommodation is guaranteed in the US on safe and secure campuses. Students will be chemistry graduates who have broadened their experience by being fully immersed in the US university system and culture for a year.

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

Learning and teaching

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

Assessment

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

Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry lectures continue, with emphasis on the relationship between theoretical principles and experimental measurements. An optional subject, either the same or a different one from that chosen in Level 1, is also studied.

Learning and teaching

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

Assessment

  • Written:66%
  • Practical:20%
  • Coursework:14%
Year 3

Advanced Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry courses are studied. Communication and team working skills are developed, and laboratory work becomes more advanced.

Learning and teaching

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

Assessment

  • Written:66%
  • Practical:15%
  • Coursework:19%
Year 4

Research is undertaken at a partner US Chemistry Department. Students have a local supervisor and are visited by Heriot-Watt Chemistry staff. There are no US tuition fees to pay. Written and oral reports are presented.

Learning and teaching

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

Assessment

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

Courses are taken in advanced Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry at the research level, plus specialist Chemistry courses and a short research project.

Learning and teaching

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

Assessment

  • Written:21%
  • Practical:31%
  • Coursework:48%

Employability

Work and study

This is what our MChem Chemistry with a Year in North America 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
  • Businessand 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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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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