• Entry Standards
    Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University. These tables use the old UCAS tariff.

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  • Student Satisfaction
    Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.13 / 5.00
  • Research Quality
    Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    3.06 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity
    Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in high-quality research in the University.

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    0.82 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects
    Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    79.7 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio
    Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend
    Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend
    Facilities Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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  • Good Honours
    Good Honours

    The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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    77.4 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion
    Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    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

  • 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.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Teaching Methods

  • 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.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Course Flexibility

  • 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.

Disability Services

  • 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.

Students' Union

  • 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.

Careers Guidance

  • 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.

Student Mix

Student population


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%

Student gender

  • 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.

Notable Alumni

  • 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.

Further Details

Address Heriot-Watt University,
EH14 4AS
UCAS Code H24