Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt University conducts ground-breaking research relevant to business and industry. It aims to find radical innovations and solutions to real-world challenges for the benefit of society. Students come into contact with leading researchers working on some of the most important areas for twenty-first-century society; they also benefit from excellent facilities and highly-rated teaching, creating an exceptional learning experience.

Postgraduate Student Statistics

3,090 postgraduate students in 2016–17

Mode of study

  • Full Time 64%
  • Part Time 36%


  • UK 47%
  • EU 18%
  • Other 35%

Numbers of Students by Subject Area

Subject Research Taught Total
Business & Management Studies 60 610 675
Chemical Engineering 135 290 425
Civil Engineering 25 205 230
Electrical & Electronic Engineering 110 65 175
Mathematics 50 125 175
Building 40 130 170
Accounting & Finance 15 155 165
Physics & Astronomy 120 15 135
Town & Country Planning and Landscape Design 20 95 115
Food Science 5 105 110
Biological Sciences 20 65 85
Computer Science 35 45 80
Marketing 0 75 75
Mechanical Engineering 55 15 65
Psychology 5 55 60
Art & Design 20 30 50
Chemistry 50 0 50
General Engineering 0 35 35
Education 0 35 35
Geology 0 25 25
Economics 10 10 20
Geography & Environmental Science 10 10 15
Librarianship & Information Management 0 10 10
Linguistics 0 5 5
Architecture 0 5 5

Figures are rounded to the nearest five.

Postgraduate Tuition Fees

The following are the typical annual course fees for postgraduate students submitted to us by the university (Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2018–2019). Always confirm individual course fees with the university.

Type of Course Taught Postgraduate (£)
Classroom 5,360
Mixed -
Laboratory 5,360
Clinical -
Teaching takes place in a classroom or ordinary lecture theatre. Subjects with classroom teaching might include history, maths and philosophy.
Subjects taught in classrooms and laboratories, such as languages.
Much of the teaching may take place in a laboratory and includes biology, chemistry and physics.
Clinical subjects can include dentistry, medicine and veterinary medicine.

Bursaries and Scholarships

  • A range of Heriot-Watt funded scholarships are available for applicants to postgraduate taught programmes at UK campuses in the form of a fee reduction of up to 100%, awarded on academic merit and financial need.
  • Heriot-Watt alumni are entitled to a fee reduction up to 20% on postgraduate taught programmes.
  • A range of jointly-funded and externally-funded scholarships and bursaries are promoted on the university website.
  • Students must hold an offer of a place to study at the university before applying for any 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. This is also applicable for direct entrants into years two and three.
  • Accommodation at Heriot-Watt's Edinburgh and Scottish Borders campuses offers both self-catering flats or rooms. Many single study bedrooms 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 has an accommodation guide which provides information on private rented accommodation in Edinburgh.