- Undergraduate Students
- Postgraduate Students
- International Students
- 4.13 / 5.00
- 3.06 / 4.00
- 0.82 / 1.00
- 79.7 / 100.0
- 77.4 / 100.0
- 87.6 / 100.0
With five campuses around the world, including one in Malaysia and one in Dubai, Heriot-Watt is a truly global university. We have a proud history of world-class teaching and practical, leading-edge research dating back to 1821 and are regarded as one of the top UK universities for business and industry. Heriot-Watt has three UK locations in Edinburgh, Orkney and the Scottish Borders. We have a strong track record for developing industry-fit graduates thanks to our strong links to business and industry and our distinctive range of degree programmes in specialist areas of science, engineering, design, business and languages. Heriot-Watt has over 30,000 students studying with us at our campuses and online through distance learning. This includes 9,000 on-campus students in Scotland, 4,000 in Dubai and 1,200 in Malaysia.
- Entry requirements vary by course and each application is considered on an individual basis.
- Applicants should be able to demonstrate that they have the necessary personal and social skills required for successful performance at university.
- Applicants with particularly good grades may be eligible for second year entry into our degree courses, and the university also operates a policy on contextual admissions to widen student’s access to courses.
- The university accepts a wide range of international qualifications at the level equivalent to standard Scottish Highers/A levels/IB qualifications. Offers are based on A2 A level qualifications only and not on A1 AS levels. For some courses A level General Studies is not included in the assessment of 3 A levels required.
- Please refer to the university website for full details.
- The university’s courses are offered to a wide range of students through a number of different modes of learning, including studying with academic partners or by independent distance learning, as well as studying on campus.
- Teaching is delivered through a mix of lectures, tutorials, group work, laboratories, practicals, field trips, seminars, guest lectures and independent study.
- Assessment methods include written and oral exams, coursework, essays, lab reports, practical sessions, presentations, and group and individual projects – the types and balance of assessment methods depends on the course and modules studied, and in many cases courses are also accredited by the relevant professional body.
- Through the Go Global programme, Heriot-Watt offers Inter-Campus Transfers, Exchanges and Erasmus+.
- If a student is on a programme also taught at one of the university’s other campuses in the UK, Dubai or Malaysia, an Inter-Campus Transfer enables them to study overseas for a semester or academic year.
- Many programmes also offer the opportunity of study abroad through Erasmus+ and Exchange programmes. The university has exchange agreements with a number of institutions around the world is continually expanding its range of exchange partners.
- Some programmes have a high proportion of common material in their group of degree courses, making transfers between programmes possible in levels 1 and 2.
Student Services and Facilities
- Support services include the Student Support and Accommodation Service, International Student Advisors, an award-winning Careers Service, the Disability Service, a Health Centre and the Chaplaincy.
- All campuses have libraries with PCs and printers enabling students to access university-licensed software, online databases and journals, as well as other internet resources. Wi-Fi is available across the campuses.
- Specialist facilities are the deciding factor for many students choosing the School of Textiles and Design at the Scottish Borders campus, ranging from craft to industrial and cutting-edge advanced technologies, including the largest knit and weave studios and longest screen-print table in Europe.
- Heriot-Watt is committed to ensuring that students with disabilities achieve their potential.
- The Disability Service provides advice, information and help to address any support needs or adjustments that may be required to overcome barriers to learning.
- Heriot-Watt University Student Union is an independent and student-led organisation working alongside the University. A student advice hub provides help and guidance on all aspects of student life, and there is independent advocacy for academic, disciplinary and financial issues.
- Students can get involved in any number of activities including over 60 student societies; volunteering opportunities; campaigns; special interest groups; or even getting elected to help run the union.
- The Student Union provides a space for entertainment and to relax. In Edinburgh there is a bar, events venue, and café providing good, cheap and ethically sourced food. There are quiz nights, live music, and club nights; and annual events include Global Day to celebrate the university’s international students; and the Annual Charity Beer Festival in March. The Scottish Borders Campus runs The Thread for students to relax with friends.
Availability of Part-Time Work
- The city of Edinburgh generally has a good supply of vacancies.
- The university Careers Service canvasses employers for suitable vacancies and advertises these on its online Job Station.
- There are also some part-time posts available on-campus.
- The Careers Service can advise where and how to find part-time work including help with CVs and interviews.
- The university’s Careers Service delivers a comprehensive programme of careers talks in every degree subject complimented by a series of interactive workshops.
- This is backed up by individual guidance on career choice, gaining work experience and making successful job or postgraduate applications.
- The university has excellent links with employers and is able to run a careers fair/insight event for every relevant industrial sector.
- Students also have the option of getting expert advice from a practising professional by participating in the university’s career mentoring programme.
10,462 students in 2015–16:
Level of study
- Undergraduate 68%
- Postgraduate 32%
Mode of study
- Full Time 85%
- Part Time 15%
Where students come from
- UK 69%
- EU 9%
- Other 22%
- Male 59%
- Female 41%
- Originating from the School of Arts of Edinburgh, founded in 1821 as the world's first Mechanics Institute, Heriot-Watt is one of the oldest higher education institutions in the UK. It gained university status by Royal Charter in 1966.
- International campuses opened in Dubai in 2005 and in Malaysia in 2013, with the Go Global enabling students to transfer between campuses for part of their courses.
- Adam Crozier – CEO ITV.
- Richard Tait – founder of Cranium.
- Tammy Kane – co-founder of the fashion label Christopher Kane.
- Irvine Welsh – author.
- Bob Keiller – Chief Executive of Wood Group plc.
- Jock Clear – Senior Performance Engineer with Mercedes and now Ferrari F1.
- Gary Younge – Guardian journalist.
- Martin Dickie – co-founder of Brewdog.
- David Milne – founder and former CEO Wolfson Microelectronics.
- Freya Ross – Olympian distance runner.
Student facilities (including Library and Computing)
- Campus facilities are designed to accommodate everyone's requirements, be they academic, social, sporting, cultural, religious or welfare.
- Libraries at the Edinburgh, Scottish Borders and Dubai campuses, each of which has a Subject Librarian who specialises in each subject area.
- The main computer network encompasses Edinburgh and Borders campuses, accessible from Schools, Libraries, Computer Centres and Halls of Residence.