The course

UCAS code
F1M9
Duration
5 years
Location
Edinburgh
Delivery type
Full-time

Contact

Overview

This course is attractive to students with an interest in both chemistry and physics and their engineering applications. The development of new materials with special properties requires students to combine their newly-learned knowledge of polymers and solid state materials with core chemistry. Microelectronics, communications, aerospace and other high-tech industries are dependent upon the chemist to develop and manufacture novel engineering materials.

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 Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry and are introduced to lab skills illustrating various experimental techniques. Mathematics and Physics are also studied.

Year 2

Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry lectures continue with emphasis on the interrelationship between theoretical principles and experimental measurements. Mathematics is also studied to a higher level.

Year 3

Advanced Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry is joined by Materials Chemistry at advanced level. Communication and teamwork skills are developed and laboratory work becomes more advanced.

Year 4

Students study advanced lectures in Inorganic, Organic, and Physical Chemistry, together with special topics. MChem students also undertake special practical courses designed to give a deeper understanding of modern analytical practical techniques; these are underpinned with theoretical aspects.

Year 5

Involves an extensive 24-week research project in an area of Nanoscience or Materials Chemistry, plus a choice of optional courses relevant to your specialisation.

Employability

Work and study

This is what our MChem Chemistry with Materials and Nanoscience 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
  • Managers, directors and senior officials
  • Caring personal services
  • Sales occupations

Entry requirements

Year 1

Standard entry requirements

  • Highers AABB including Chemistry, Maths and Physics
  • A-Levels BBC including Chemistry, Maths and Physics
  • Int. Baccalaureate 30 points to include Higher Level Chemistry, Maths and Physics at minimum Grade 5
  • BTEC DDM (in relevant subject)
  • HNC A in graded unit (in relevant HNC). Additional HNC profile requirement. Please contact Admissions Tutor for further information.
  • Additional information Transfer from BSc to MChem is possible up to the end of Year 3 with a Chemistry average greater than 60%.

Minimum entry requirements*

  • Highers BBBC (including Chemistry at B, Maths and Physics)
  • A-Levels BCC (including Chemistry at B, Maths and Physics)

* 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 ABB in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics, plus AABB at Higher.
  • A-Levels AAB including Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics
  • Int. Baccalaureate 36 points to include Higher Level Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics (at minimum grade 6).
  • HND BB in graded units (in relevant HND). Graded tariff is for guidance only. Please contact Admissions Tutor for further information.
  • 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 2019 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales*** International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £18,480

* 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:

Merit Awards for international students starting undergraduate degree courses in 2019

If you are an international fee-paying, self-funded applicant and have achieved, or are on course to achieve, the minimum entry requirements for the programme you wish to study you may be eligible for:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.