Detailed course guide
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.
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.
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.
Students study advanced lectures in Inorganic, Organic, and Physical Chemistry, together with special topics. BSc (Hons) students undertake a 16-week chemistry research project.
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. 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.
Tuition fees for 2020 entry (by residency status)
Scotland / EU**
England / Northern Ireland / Wales***
* 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
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:
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