Chemistry

Heriot-Watt Chemistry ranked No.1 for student satisfaction in Scotland by National Student Survey in 2013

Following our success at being ranked No. 1 in Scotland in 2011 and 2012 (2nd in the UK) we are delighted that our students have voted us best in the UK for Chemistry in 2013.

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.

We offer a wide range of BSc and MChem degree programmes in Chemistry providing the possibility of gaining expertise in Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Computational Chemistry, Materials Chemistry and Nanotechnology:

Our programmes allow for a period of overseas study at universities in Australia, North America, Spain, Germany or France.

An industrial placement is an integral part of the MChem in Chemistry with Industrial Experience.

All of our programmes are fully accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Our staff have a broad spectrum of interests ranging from fundamental aspects of pure chemistry to interdisciplinary areas with physics, biochemistry and applied science, and are involved in research in a number of different research institutes in the school including:

There are opportunities to undertake research leading to a PhD, MPhil or MSc by research:

  • New porphycene macrocycles for applications in two-photon absorption: Optimisation and synthesis
  • Bulk and nanocomposite Zintl materials for thermoelectric power generation
  • Calixarenes: Metal-Organic Frameworks and Discrete Superstructures
  • Catalytic Functionalisation of Aromatic Fluorocarbons
  • New Click Carbene Gold Complexes for Catalysis
  • Direct methods to study collisions of electronically excited molecules