Chemistry graduates work both in the chemical industry, which is enormously important to the UK economy, and also outside the chemical industry. These large industries require highly qualified and motivated Chemistry graduates. The industrial placement enables students to develop their skills and for the company to get to know them. Students will benefit from the staff training and assessment courses of the company and gain wide experience of the industrial sector. Heriot-Watt University was ranked first in Scotland for Chemistry by the Guardian University Guide 2020.
Accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry for partially meeting the academic criteria for Chartered Chemist (CChem).
The relatively small intake of chemists allowed for one of the most productive lecturing environments I could have hoped for. The lecturers encouraged questions and open discussion when topics were difficult to grasp and made tutorials and workshops a genuinely useful resource for study.
Students gain a good understanding of the fundamental principles of Chemistry and are introduced to laboratory skills illustrating various experimental techniques. Students also study Mathematics and an optional subject.
Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry lectures continue with emphasis on the relationship between theoretical principles and experimental measurements. An optional subject is also chosen.
Advanced Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry courses are studied along with Analytical and Materials Chemistry. Communication and teamwork skills are developed and laboratory work becomes more advanced.
Spent working in the laboratory of an approved company or organisation, where students can apply laboratory skills and theoretical knowledge in a real-life situation. Students prepare reports and present lectures on their work during this year and take two distance learning courses supported by email and online teaching material.
Includes Advanced Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry lectures, and a short research project with Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry at the research level plus additional specialist courses.
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Work and study
This is what our MChem Chemistry with Industrial Experience 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 jobs students go into 15 months after graduating:
- Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
Standard entry requirements
- Highers AABB (including Chemistry and Maths)
- A-Levels BBC (including Chemistry B and Maths)
- Int. Baccalaureate 30 points (with Higher Level Chemistry and Mathematics at 5)
- BTEC DDM (in relevant subject)
- HNC A in graded unit (in relevant HNC)
Minimum entry requirements*
- Highers BBBC (including Chemistry at B and Maths)
- A-Levels BCC (including BC in Chemistry and Mathematics)
* 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
- Advanced Highers AB (including Chemistry and Mathematics plus Highers AABB)
- A-Levels AAB (including Chemistry and Mathematics)
- Int. Baccalaureate 36 points (with Higher Level 6 Chemistry and Mathematics)
- HND BB in graded units (in relevant HND)
- BTEC DDD (in relevant subject)
- HND AA in graded units (in relevant HND)
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- For all years, applications are welcomed from holders of non-school qualifications, mature candidates and overseas students.
- Please check that you meet our University-wide National 5/GCSE (or equivalent) English and Maths requirements.
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.
|Status*||Scotland||England / Wales / N Ireland / Rep of Ireland**||International***|
|Fee||Paid by SAAS||£9,250||£19,792|
* 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.
** 'Rest of the UK' (RUK) and Republic of Ireland 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).
*** 'International' includes applicants from European Union countries who do not hold Pre-Settled or Settled status in UK. (This does not include students from the Republic of Ireland - see above). Read more about the application process for EU nationals.
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 2021
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.