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Heriot-Watt University

Chemistry with Materials

UCAS Code: F114
BSc (Hons) 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

120

% applicants receiving offers

50%

Subjects
  • Chemistry
Student score
87% HIGH
% employed or in further study
98% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£20k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
BBB

Chemistry.

Scottish Highers
BBBBC-AABB

Chemistry.

Scottish Advanced Highers
AB

Chemistry and Mathematics.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate
30

to include Higher Level Chemistry at minimum grade 5

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

50%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£1,820

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Heriot-Watt University is ranked Top in the UK for Chemistry (Guardian University Guide 2015) / (National Student Survey 2013). 100% of our students expressed overall satisfaction with this programme. 95% were in work/study within six months of completing the programme. Materials science is where chemistry merges into communications, electronics, photonics, aerospace, transport, pharmaceutical materials, bioengineering and IT subjects. The programme is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) for the purpose of partially meeting the educational requirement for Chartered Chemist.

Modules

Year 1: Chemistry; mathematics; physics. Year 2: Chemistry; computer science; mathematics or physics. Year 3: Chemistry including materials science and advanced materials; chemical engineering; option. Year 4: Chemistry including macromolecular chemistry; advanced materials including surface analysis and characterisation; research project.

Heriot-Watt University

The reception

Heriot-Watt is Scotland's most international university with beautiful campuses in Edinburgh, Scottish Borders, Orkney, Dubai and now Malaysia. We offer students the opportunity to have an international experience in a lovely learning environment no matter where they study. And did you know that Heriot-Watt is one of only two universities in Europe offering a Brewing and Distilling degree..?

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
34%
66%

Year 1

35%
65%

Year 2

38%
62%

Year 3

44%
56%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
57%
37%
6%

Year 1

67%
18%
15%

Year 2

69%
16%
15%

Year 3

67%
20%
13%

Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 92%
Student score 87% HIGH
Able to access IT resources

87%

Staff made the subject interesting

90%

Library resources are satisfactory

85%

Feedback on work has been helpful

87%

Feedback on work has been prompt

87%

Staff are good at explaining things

96%

Received sufficient advice and support

93%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
11% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
41% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
0% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
419 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
53% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
5% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 98% HIGH
Average graduate salary £20k MED
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

10%

Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians

10%

Graduates who are natural and social science professionals

17%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
The number of students taking chemistry courses hasn't changed much in the last ten years, even as numbers in most other subjects have risen, and it's felt the UK has a shortage of chemistry grads overall. If you want a career in research, you need a doctorate, so start planning now if you fancy one of these exciting and challenging jobs. But many industries, from the food industry to teaching, need chemistry graduates, and they're also prized by business and finance employers for their research and data handling skills – anywhere there is research and data to be explained, you can find chemistry grads. The recession hasn't been too kind to chemists, and current problems, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry (one of the key employers for chemists), mean that the stats are probably a little worse than we'd normally expect – they should improve over the next few years.
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