The course

UCAS code
4 years
Delivery type



This degree was instigated by the large number of academic staff in Chemistry who are involved in Computational Chemistry research. You will be a fully qualified Chemistry graduate who has taken the same core Chemistry courses as all our other graduates but who has specialised in the computer modelling of the structures of molecules and the interactions and reactions between molecules. Applications include modelling the interaction of drug molecules with the biological receptor sites on cells and the operation of catalysts (both biological and synthetic) with reactant molecules, crucial to medicinal chemistry.


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

Course content

Year 1

Core Chemistry courses with associated practical work in Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry, plus courses in Mathematics and Physics.

Year 2

Core Chemistry courses with associated practical work in Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry, plus Mathematics courses.

Year 3

Core Chemistry courses with associated practical work in Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry, plus Computer Science option.

Year 4

Advanced Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry, along with specialist courses. Students on this degree carry out a research project in the area of Computational Chemistry.


Work and study

This is what our BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Computational Chemistry 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, 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 BC in Chemistry, 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)
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.