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Heriot-Watt University conducts ground-breaking research relevant to business and industry, seeking radical solutions to real-world challenges. Students come into contact with leading researchers working on some of the key areas for twenty-first-century society; they also benefit from excellent facilities and highly-rated teaching. A pioneer of online learning for over 25 years, a wide range of online postgraduate courses are offered; students study the same courses as those on campus, and gain the same qualification.

Postgraduate Student Statistics

3,250 postgraduate students in 2017–18

Mode of study

  • Full Time 62%
  • Part Time 38%

Domicile

  • UK 52%
  • EU 17%
  • Other 32%

Numbers of Students by Subject Area

Subject Research Taught Total
Business & Management Studies 80 670 750
Chemical Engineering 120 275 395
Mathematics 75 160 235
Civil Engineering 20 170 195
Building 30 150 180
Electrical & Electronic Engineering 110 65 175
Food Science 5 170 170
Accounting & Finance 10 135 150
Town & Country Planning and Landscape Design 20 110 135
Physics & Astronomy 115 5 120
Other 20 90 110
Biological Sciences 25 65 95
Computer Science 40 45 85
Marketing 0 70 70
Mechanical Engineering 45 20 65
Psychology 10 40 50
Chemistry 50 0 50
Education 0 45 45
General Engineering 0 45 45
Art & Design 10 30 40
Economics 5 20 25
Librarianship & Information Management 0 25 25
Architecture 0 20 20
Geography & Environmental Science 5 10 15
Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism 0 10 10
Linguistics 0 5 5

Figures are rounded to the nearest five.

Quick Guides to Postgraduate Tuition Fees and Finance

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • A range of jointly-funded and externally-funded scholarships and bursaries are promoted on the university website.
  • Heriot-Watt alumni are entitled to a fee reduction up to 20% on postgraduate taught programmes.
  • Applicants must hold an offer of a place to study at the university before applying for any scholarship or bursary funding.

Accommodation for Postgraduate Students

  • The university guarantees to make an offer of accommodation, either on- or off-campus, to all students in their first year of study in Edinburgh and Galashiels, on condition that they have a firm unconditional offer and apply for accommodation online by the relevant deadline.
  • Accommodation at Heriot-Watt's Edinburgh and Scottish Borders campuses offers both self-catering flats or rooms – predominantly single study bedrooms that are en-suite. There is fast broadband and Wi-Fi, a shared kitchen, a communal lounge, and laundry facilities.
  • All accommodation at the Scottish Borders campus and over half of the residential accommodation places on the Edinburgh campus are in new, contemporary student residences.
  • The university Accommodation Office has details on many private sector accommodation providers to support students throughout their studies.