The course

UCAS code
4 years
Delivery type



The subjects available for BSc Combined Studies at the Edinburgh Campus are:

  • Actuarial Science
  • Biological Sciences
  • Building Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Information Systems
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Statistics.

You can also combine the above subjects with one of the following:

  • Accountancy and Finance
  • Economics
  • Languages
  • Management.

A Combined Studies degree allows students to design their own degree course from the subjects offered at Heriot-Watt University. Students take a range of subjects not covered by other degree courses and can pick the right set of subjects from the wide range available to meet individual learning goals. Students can adapt their study on a part-time basis or at a distance. With the help of a Director of Studies, students can devise a study course that will support their ambitions.

Course content

Please indicate in section 3(f) of the UCAS application form the two main areas of study. You are not 'held' to your initial selection but it is useful in providing a starting point for the first year of your course. The subject areas indicated are within the Schools of the University and therefore further information on the course content can be found within the relevant sections throughout this online prospectus.

Subject area abbreviations

  • AF- Accountancy and Finance
  • AS - Actuarial Science
  • BS - Biological Sciences
  • Build - Building Engineering
  • CE - Chemical Engineering
  • C - Chemistry
  • CivE - Civil Engineering
  • CS Computer Science
  • E - Economics
  • EEE - Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • IS - Information Systems
  • L - Languages
  • Man - Management
  • M - Mathematics
  • ME - Mechanical Engineering
  • P - Physics
  • S - Statistics

Year 1

Each student is allocated to a Director of Studies, who assists in the design of an individualised course.


Work and study

This is what our BSc (Hons) Combined Studies students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 42% are working
  • 50% are studying
  • 3% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 70% 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
  • Business and public service associate professionals
  • Science, engineering and technology associate professionals

Entry requirements

Year 1

Standard entry requirements 

  • Highers AABB (including one science at A and Mathematics at B)
  • A-Levels BBC (including Mathematics and one relevant science)
  • Int. Baccalaureate 31 points (including a relevant science and Mathematics at Higher Level 5)
  • BTEC DDM (in a relevant subject)
  • HNC A in graded unit (in a relevant HNC)

Minimum entry requirements*

  • Highers BBBC (including one relevant science at B and Mathematics at B)
  • A-Levels BCC (including one relevant science at B and Mathematics at C).

* 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

Combined Studies offers an individualised degree programme, combining any university disciplines. The entrance qualifications for Level 2 entry are dependent these disciplines. Please contact us directly to discuss the details of any offer.

Year 3

Combined Studies offers an individualised degree programme, combining any university disciplines. The entrance qualifications for Level 3 entry are dependent these disciplines. Please contact us directly to discuss the details of any offer.

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.