The course

UCAS code
5 years
Delivery type



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 with a European Language 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.


  • 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


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 and a Language (French, German, Spanish)
  • A-Levels BBC including Chemistry and a Language (French, German, Spanish)
  • Int. Baccalaureate 30 points to include Higher Level Chemistry and a Language (French, German, Spanish) 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 and a Language (French, German, Spanish)
  • A-Levels BCC (including BC in Chemistry and Mathematics and a Language - French, German or Spanish)

* 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 in Chemistry and Mathematics, plus AABB at Higher including a Language (French, German, Spanish).
  • A-Levels AAB including Chemistry, Mathematics and a Language (French, German, Spanish)
  • Int. Baccalaureate 36 points to include Higher Level Chemistry, Mathematics and a Language (French, German, Spanish) (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)
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).

4 years for the price of 3

If you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, study with us and save £9,250 over your 4-year degree.

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.