Heriot-Watt University Chemistry

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Heriot-Watt University Chemistry

Heriot-Watt Chemistry ranked No.1 for student satisfaction in Scotland by National Student Survey in 2016.

Following our success at being ranked No. 1 in Scotland in the past four years we are delighted that our students have voted giving us 97% on the course satisfaction ratings in 2016.

Chemistry holds the key to the solutions of many exciting and important challenges that face the world today. The chemical industry employs 230,000 highly-skilled people nationwide (80% of them chemistry graduates).

With sales of chemical products of £34billion, the chemical industry is one of the UK’s largest manufacturing industries. It is the UK’s top manufacturing export earner, with an annual trade surplus of £5.5billion and spends nearly £3billion a year on new capital investment, plus £3.5billion on research and development expenditure. As well as the chemical industry itself, the broad range of skills involved in a chemistry degree means chemistry graduates are in high demand in other employment sectors, ranging from environmental protection to education, and commerce.

Heriot-Watt University Chemistry

Chemistry, BSc


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 programme. 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.


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

Entry requirements

Year 1

  • 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
  • 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 greater than 60%.

Year 2

  • A-Levels ABB including Chemistry and Mathematics
  • 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

Year 3

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

Heriot-Watt University Chemistry

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2017 entry (by residency status)
Status*Scotland / EU**England / Northern Ireland / WalesInternational
FeePaid by SAAS£9,250£17,440

* 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.