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Clearing is available for the following locations:

  • Scotland / EU
  • England, Northern Ireland and Wales
  • International
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The course

UCAS code
Up to 4 years
Delivery type



The subjects available for BSc Combined Studies at the Edinburgh Campus are:

  • Actuarial Science
  • Biological Sciences
  • Building Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Information Systems
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Statistics.

You can also combine the above subjects with one of the following:

  • Accountancy and Finance
  • Economics
  • Languages
  • Management.

A Combined Studies degree allows students to design their own degree course from the subjects offered at Heriot-Watt University. Students take a range of subjects not covered by other degree courses and can pick the right set of subjects from the wide range available to meet individual learning goals. Students can adapt their study on a part-time basis or at a distance. With the help of a Director of Studies, students can devise a study course that will support their ambitions.

Course content

Please indicate in section 3(f) of the UCAS application form the two main areas of study. You are not 'held' to your initial selection but it is useful in providing a starting point for the first year of your course. The subject areas indicated are within the Schools of the University and therefore further information on the course content can be found within the relevant sections throughout this online prospectus.

Subject area abbreviations

  • AF- Accountancy and Finance
  • AS - Actuarial Science
  • BS - Biological Sciences
  • Build - Building Engineering
  • CE - Chemical Engineering
  • C - Chemistry
  • CivE - Civil Engineering
  • CS Computer Science
  • E - Economics
  • EEE - Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • IS - Information Systems
  • L - Languages
  • Man - Management
  • M - Mathematics
  • ME - Mechanical Engineering
  • P - Physics
  • S - Statistics

Year 1

Each student is allocated to a Director of Studies, who assists in the design of an individualised course.

Unistats course data


Work and study

This is what our BSc (Hons) Combined Studies students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 42% are working
  • 51% are studying
  • 3% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 70% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.


  • The average salary of students six months after graduating: £20000
  • The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £19000


These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:

  • Natural and social science professionals
  • Business and public service associate professionals
  • Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
  • Sales occupations
  • Managers, directors and senior officials
  • Engineering professionals
  • Business, research and administrative professionals
  • Quality and regulatory professionals
  • Administrative occupations
  • Elementary occupations

Entry requirements

Year 1

  • Highers AABB or BBBBC
  • A-Levels BBB
  • Int. Baccalaureate 29 points
  • HNC We accept a wide range of HNCs and HNDs for Level 1 entry depending on the area of interest. Please contact us to discuss in detail.
  • Additional information Mathematics and an appropriate Science qualification are normally required. Approved Certificate in Science courses can be used for entry into Level 1 or 2. For courses including Languages or Actuarial Mathematics the requirement may be higher. Applications from students studying Access Programmes would be welcomed.

Year 2

  • HND We accept a wide range of HNDs for Level 2 entry depending on the area of interest. Typically, Group Award graded units of B are required.

Additional information

  • BTEC Relevant BTEC qualifications are accepted; please contact Admissions Tutor for further details


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).

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2018

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:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.