Chemistry with Nanotechnology MChem

  • UCAS code F1F9
  • Duration Up to 5 years
  • Delivery type Full Time
  • Study location Edinburgh
  • Number of places 20


The Course

Nanotechnology is a new science where chemistry merges into the modern aspects of communications, electronics, photonics, aerospace, transport, pharmaceutical materials, bioengineering and IT. This programme is attractive to students with an interdisciplinary interest in chemistry, physics and mathematics, and their engineering applications. Chemists have always been ‘nanotechnologists’ because molecules are about one thousandth-millionth of a metre in size. The programme combines core Chemistry with Nanochemistry, Nanophysics and Microengineering. Nanotechnology finds application (and will expand into new applications) in areas as diverse as Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Medicine, Microelectronics, Communications and Aerospace. Please contact the Admissions Tutor for mathematics entry requirements.

Career Prospects

Career prospects for Chemistry with Nanotechnology graduates are excellent within a wide range of chemical, engineering and material science companies.

Programme content

Level 1

Courses in core Chemistry along with Chemistry lab work and courses in Mathematics and Physics.

Level 2

Core Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry, with Chemistry labs in these core areas, along with Advanced Mathematics.

Level 3

Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry with their own labs, along with Materials Chemistry and Solid State Physics.

Level 4

Advanced Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry, along with Nanoscience and Instrumental Techniques with mini-projects in research labs.

Fifth Year

An extensive 24-week research project in Nanotechnology is at the centre of Level 5 along with specialist Nanochemistry and Nanophysics 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

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      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:

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