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Combine your favourite subjects of Chemistry and French, German, or Spanish. Your advanced language tuition is by Heriot-Watt's School of Social Sciences. Students study a language during the first three Levels, alongside the same core chemistry courses as all our other degrees. In Level 4, students carry out a research project at a chemistry department within one of our partner universities in France, Germany or Spain (the project report being produced in the appropriate language). Graduates are chemists fluent in their chosen language with careers available in the global chemical industries either at home or abroad. Contact Admissions Tutor to discuss language requirements.


Accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry for partially meeting the academic criteria for Chartered Chemist (CChem).

Course content

Year 1

Students will gain a good understanding of the fundamental principles of Chemistry, and are introduced to lab skills illustrating various experimental techniques. Mathematics and language courses are also studied.

Year 2

Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry lectures continue with emphasis on the relationship between theoretical principles and experimental measurements. Language courses are studied.

Year 3

Advanced Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry with advanced language courses are studied. Communication and teamwork skills are developed and lab work becomes more advanced.

Year 4

A year-long placement carrying out research in one of our partner Chemistry Departments in France, Germany or Spain, plus two distance learning courses are taken.

Year 5

Includes a short research project along with lectures in advanced Inorganic, Organic, and Physical Chemistry and specialist Chemistry courses.


Work and study

This is what our MChem Chemistry specialism: European Language students are doing 15 months after graduating:

  • 45% are working
  • 25% are studying
  • 10% are working and studying.

In highly skilled work

  • 90% of those are in highly skilled work 15 months after graduating.


  • The average salary of students 15 months after graduating: £21000
  • The average UK salary of students 15 months after graduating from a similar course: £24000


These are the most common high skilled jobs students go into 15 months after graduating:

  • Science, engineering and technology associate professionals

This specialism is part of MChem Chemistry