The course

UCAS code
F105
Duration
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 course 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).

Detailed course information

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.

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.

Year 3

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

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.

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.

Employability

Work and study

This is what our MChem Chemistry with a Year in North America students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 40% are working
  • 50% are studying
  • 5% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 90% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.

Salary

  • The average salary of students six months after graduating: £20000
  • 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
  • Quality and regulatory professionals
  • Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
  • Business and public service associate professionals

Entry requirements

Year 1

Standard entry requirements
  • Highers AABB (including Chemistry)
  • A-Levels BBC (including Chemistry B and Maths) 
  • Int. Baccalaureate 30 points (with Higher Level Chemistry and Mathematics at 5)
  • BTEC DDM (in relevant subject)
  • HNC A in graded unit (in relevant HNC)

Minimum entry requirements*

  • Highers BBBC (including Chemistry at B)
  • A-Levels BCC (including BC in Chemistry and Mathematics)

* Minimum: under our Fair Access Policy, we will relax our standard entry requirements for some Scottish students depending on their circumstances. Our minimum requirements will apply if you:

  • live in an area within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation lowest 20% (SIMD20), or
  • are care experienced.

We can also make exceptions for some Scottish students with grades above minimum but below standard. Read more about our Minimum and standard entry requirements

Year 2

  • Advanced Highers AB (including Chemistry and Mathematics plus Highers AABB)
  • A-Levels AAB (including Chemistry and Mathematics)
  • Int. Baccalaureate 36 points (with Higher Level 6 Chemistry and Mathematics)
  • HND BB in graded units (in relevant HND)
  • BTEC DDD (in relevant subject)

Year 3

  • HND AA in graded units (in relevant HND)

Additional information

English language requirements

  • If English is not your first language, you have to show that your English is good enough to succeed on your course. Please see our English language requirements.

Fees

Tuition fees for 2020 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales*** International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £19,400

* 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).

*** 'Rest of the UK' (RUK) students entering at Level 1 receive a fee waiver of one year's tuition fee. Normally this will be the final year, or a year during which students study abroad (either at a partnership institution, or at one of Heriot-Watt's overseas campuses).

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your studies at Heriot-Watt over and above tuition fees in an academic year. Depending on your programme of study, these may include: protective equipment, field trips, professional memberships, studio fees, required course texts or other study resources.

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2020

In addition to government 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:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.