Chemistry MChem

  • UCAS code F101
  • Duration Up to 5 years
  • Delivery type Full Time
  • Study location Edinburgh
  • Number of places 70


The Course

The core chemistry courses (along with additional chemistry courses) ensure a strong basis in theory and laboratory practice. Communication and enterprise skills are an integral part of the programmes. Students choose a research topic in Level 4 or 5. The programme aims to produce Chemistry graduates at the highest level of professional skill and knowledge, whilst at the same time allowing for a broad, flexible programme in the earlier years.

Career Prospects

Chemistry graduates from Heriot-Watt have a very strong reputation with UK employers and career prospects are excellent. We are one of only a handful of universities that is visited by the ‘blue chip’ companies during their recruitment season. Firms particularly appreciate the practical abilities learnt in the labs.

Programme content

Level 1

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.

Level 2

Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry lectures continue with emphasis on the interrelationship between theoretical principles and experimental measurements. Students choose an optional subject, either the same or a different one from Level 1.

Level 3

Advanced Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry is joined by topics in Analytical and Materials Chemistry. Communication and teamwork skills are developed and laboratory work becomes more advanced.

Level 4

Involves advanced lectures in Inorganic, Organic, and Physical Chemistry, together with special topics. Students also undertake a 16-week long research project in Chemistry (BSc), or special practical courses designed to give a deeper understanding of modern analytical practical techniques (MChem).

Fifth Year

Involves an extensive 24-week research project within a research group plus specialist Chemistry courses.

Your career

Graduate profiles

Lee Page

  • School Netherhall School, Cambridge
  • Degree MChem Chemistry

"My best subject at school was Chemistry. I was keen to study at Heriot-Watt as it has a good reputation and on an initial visit I was impressed with the facilities and enthusiasm of the staff. The degree focuses on all aspects of chemistry from lab work, tutorial through to project based assessment. As well as inorganic, organic, physical and materials chemistry I studied management which focused on problems of scale-up faced by the chemical industry. My time at Heriot-Watt University has prepared me well for my future in the pharmaceutical industry."

      Entry requirements

      The University offers as its normal entry routes:

      • entry at Level 1, mainly for students with Scottish Highers (or similar)
      • entry at Level 2, mainly for students with A-levels (or similar).

      There is nevertheless considerable flexibility, depending on the level of qualifications, for entrants with A-levels to opt to enter at Level 1 and for Scottish students to enter at Level 2. Direct entry into Level 3 is also possible for students who already have certain HE qualifications.

      Level 1 entry

      • Highers AABB or BBBBC
      • A-Levels BBB (to include Chemistry)
      • HNC A in graded unit. Additional HNC profile requirement. Please contact Admissions Tutor for further information.
      • Int. Baccalaureate 30 points to include Higher Level Chemistry (at minimum Grade 5) and Mathematics
      • Scottish Baccalaureate BC in Adv. Higher with Chemistry B, Disciplinary Project C and Higher B
      • Additional information Transfer from BSc to MChem is possible up to the end of Year 3 with a Chemistry average > 60%.

      Level 2 entry

      • A-Levels ABB including Chemistry and Maths
      • Advanced Highers AB in Chemistry and Mathematics, plus AABB at Higher.
      • HND BB in graded units. Graded tariff is for guidance only. Please contact Admissions Tutor for further information.
      • Int. Baccalaureate 35 points to include Higher Level Mathematics and Chemistry (both at minimum grade 6).
      • Scottish Baccalaureate AB in Adv. Higher with Chemistry and Maths, Disciplinary Project B and Higher B

      Level 3 entry

      • HND AA in graded units. Please contact the Admissions Tutor for further information.

      Tuition fees

      Tuition fees for 2016 entry (by residency status)
      Status*Scotland / EU**England / Northern Ireland / WalesInternational
      FeePaid by SAAS£9,000£17,100

      * Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the 3 years before the start of your programme. Find out more about tuition fees.

      ** European Union countries, not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales.

      Scholarships & bursaries

      Featured scholarships

      Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree programmes in 2016

      In addition to government maintenance 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.