MChem Chemistry with Placement

The course

UCAS code
F102
Duration
5 years
Location
Edinburgh
Delivery type
Full-time

Heriot-Watt University ranked first in Scotland for chemistry in the Guardian University Guide 2020. Chemistry with Placement is a 5-year degree accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry which includes a year working in industry or studying abroad.

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Overview

Chemistry is a dynamic and exciting subject which makes many important contributions to the world. It is a major contributor to the Scottish and UK economies and as such is a secure career pathway. Chemistry plays a crucial role in developing new medicines, materials and energy sources using greener methods for a better future.

At Heriot-Watt University, we make sure the theory we teach is linked to these practical applications so that when our students graduate, they are ready to address the biggest of global challenges. Heriot-Watt University is ranked first in Scotland for chemistry in the Guardian University Guide 2020.

The courses within our five-year MChem Chemistry include extensive laboratory work throughout. They provide students with hands-on experience and opportunities to link theoretical knowledge from lectures to the real world. As a result, our students develop practical lab experience as well as much needed teamwork, problem solving and communication skills.

Your career prospects

Chemistry graduates from Heriot-Watt University have an excellent reputation with employers who appreciate their practical abilities, confidence, and communication skills in addition to the extensive, cutting-edge theoretical knowledge they possess. 

Graduates from chemistry can work in diverse roles across the pharmaceutical, biomedical, biochemical, health care, agriculture, food, drink and water industries. Opportunities also exist in the chemical, petroleum, electronic, aerospace and communications industries.

In addition to career pathways that directly use their practical skills and chemical knowledge, graduates from chemistry are actively sought by a diverse range of employers because of their problem-solving abilities, numeracy and other transferable graduate skills appropriate for management roles.

Industrial placement

Students on MChem Chemistry with Placement can choose an industrial placement 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.

Study abroad

Students on MChem Chemistry with Placement can choose to study one year of their degree with a Heriot-Watt University partner institution in Australia, North America, Spain, Germany or France.

Global College pathway for this degree

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, have a look at Heriot-Watt Global College, where you can follow an accelerated pathway which will get you onto the second year of this degree.

Accreditation

Royal Society of Chemistry logo

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

Samuel Patterson

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.

Samuel Patterson, Chemistry with Placement, MChem

Course content

Year 1

 Semester one

  • Principles of Chemistry 
  • Chemical Applications (one)
  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists (one)
You'll choose one optional course, either from a language unit of your choice or from:
  • Introductory Biology (one)
  • Mechanics, Fields and Forces

Semester two

  • Chemical Reactivity
  • Chemical Applications (two)
  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists (two)
You'll choose one optional course, either from a language unit of your choice or from:
  • Introductory Biology (two)
  • Waves and Matter

Year 2

Semester one

  • Atomic and Molecular Structure and Chemical Bonding
  • Organic Structural Identification, Stereochemistry and Reaction Mechanisms
  • Chemical Thermodynamics and Introductory Chemical Kinetics
You'll choose one optional course, either from a language unit of your choice or from:
  • Metabolism in Human Nutrition
  • Mechanics, Fields and Forces
  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists (three)

Semester two

  • Chemistry of the Elements
  • Synthesis in Organic Chemistry
  • Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy
You'll choose one optional course, either from a language unit of your choice or from:
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Waves and Matter
  • Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists (four)
  • Statistics for Science
  • Mathematical Modelling for Chemical Engineers

Year 3

Semester one

  • Organometallic Chemistry and Multinuclear NMR Spectroscopy
  • Organic Reactions (one)
  • Applications of Chemical Kinetics
You'll choose one optional course from:
  • Introduction to Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Chemistry of Materials
  • Molecular Biology
  • Software Development (one)

Semester two

  • Chemical Structure
  • Organic Reactions (two)
  • Molecules to Systems
You'll choose one optional course from:
  • Principles of Drug Discovery and Development
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Introduction to Microbiology
  • Software Development (two)
  • Solid State Physics

Year 4

Semester one

  • Laboratory Placement
You'll choose one optional course from:
  • Advanced Synthesis with Pharmaceutical Application

Semester two

  • Laboratory Placement
You'll choose one optional course from:
  • Functional Inorganic Materials
  • Laboratory Regulation and Project Management

Year 5

Semester one

  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Advanced Physical Chemistry
You'll choose one optional course from:
  • Advanced Synthesis with Pharmaceutical Applications

Semester two

  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Advanced Physical Chemistry
You'll choose one optional course from:
  • Human Diseases and Therapeutic Interventions
  • Functional Inorganic Materials
  • Laboratory Regulation and Project Management

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Employability

Work and study

This is what our MChem Chemistry with Placement students are doing 15 months after graduating:

  • 75% are working
  • 20% are studying
  • 0% are working and studying.

Salary

  • The average salary of students 15 months after graduating: £24000
  • The average UK salary of students 15 months after graduating from a similar course: £26000

Potential career paths

  • Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
  • Natural and social science professionals

Entry requirements

Year 1

Standard entry requirements

  • Highers AABB (including Chemistry and Maths)
  • A-Levels BBC - ABB (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

Year 2

  • 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)
  • Global College Successful completion of Science with Accelerator Programme

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.

Fees

Tuition fees for 2024 entry
Status* Scotland England / Wales / N Ireland / Rep of Ireland International**
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £24,048

* 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.

** '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.

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

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Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales

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 undergraduate students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

  • Heriot-Watt University Bursary (up to £3,100 per year)
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