Heriot-Watt University

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By Olivier Germain

Simply amazing to me, as an american, to get this level of education. Edinburgh is a great city to live in even though the weather isn't always great.

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Courses and fees

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You will learn from world leading academics

Our learning environment seeks to offer you the very best in terms of study programmes which apply knowledge to real world challenges. We offer over 450 courses across our undergraduate and postgraduate offerings and we have over 30,000 students studying with us around the world.

Subject areas

The main subject areas that we cover include:

  • Accountancy and Finance
  • Actuarial Mathematics
  • Biochemistry
  • Brewing & Distilling
  • Building and Estate Management
  • Business Law
  • Business Management
  • Chemical and Process Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Languages - with particular emphasis on interpreting and translating from Arabic, French, German Spanish and Chinese
  • Marine Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Microbiology
  • Offshore and Petroleum Engineering
  • Physics
  • Planning and Housing
  • Textiles


Heriot-Watt is regarded as a top UK university across a range of subject areas. Guardian University Guide 2018 ranked Heriot-Watt 26th in the UK and 4th in Scotland. The National Student Survey revealed that 80% of our students were satisfied with their course in 14 out of 21 subject areas. The courses Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering both ranked 1st in Scotland and the course Mathematics & Statistics ranked 2nd in Scotland. The international outlook of our university has been ranked 39th in the world and 13th in the UK by Times Higher Education, partly thanks to the 42% of international students that attend our university today! REF 2014 named Heriot-Watt in the top 25% of UK universities, with 82% of our research ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent. We ranked 9th university in the UK and 1st in Scotland for research impact.

We offer help to finance your studies

Each year we enable hundreds of students to enhance their educational experience through a variety of Heriot-Watt and externally funded Scholarships and bursaries, including opportunities funded by the University’s generous Alumni community, based all over the globe. For more information of fees and funding please visit our website.


Scotland's Sports Performance Centre Oriam

Student union

There’s more to university life than simply getting your degree, and Heriot-Watt University Student Union is all about helping you to have the best possible experience while you study here. Heriot-Watt University Student Union is run by students, for students. It aims to promote, defend and extend students’ rights, provide advice and support, and empower student social and voluntary activity, as well as providing a range of services in an environment where individuals can feel safe and able to participate.


In 2016, our Edinburgh Campus became home to Oriam, Scotland’s Sports Performance Centre. Housed in a stunning £33 million purpose-built sports facility, this cutting-edge development transforms Heriot-Watt into the training hub for, among others, Scotland’s national football and rugby squads. The new multi-purpose development will support you to develop your full potential as an athlete, making our Edinburgh Campus a vibrant place of high-level sport.


  • Information and Technology services
    We provide state-of-the-art Library, Information and Technology services in all of our campuses to support your research, learning, teaching and administrative activities. 
  • Health and wellbeing
    Staying healthy, both physically and mentally, ensures you remain focused on your studies, achieve your full potential and enjoy the experience of being a student.
  • Chaplaincy and worship
    The Chaplaincy on our Edinburgh Campus exists to promote spiritual and social wellbeing. It is open to everyone – both students and staff – from all backgrounds and culture. People of all faiths and no religious faiths are welcome.


Student accommodation

Our student accommodation is tailored to students' needs and priorities as well as providing space for you to meet and socialize. At the Edinburgh and Scottish Borders Campuses, our student accommodation is within easy reach of the teaching buildings, sports facilities and the Student Union. The accommodation has been designed to complement all your learning needs, and provide you with a comfortable home while studying on Campus.

At the Edinburgh Campus the six new self-catered blocks offer large, modern study bedrooms, spacious kitchens with dining space and more learning and socialising space throughout the buildings. Landscaped central courtyards act as a hub for students to relax and mix. All of the Borders Campus accommodation is selfcatered, providing spacious kitchens with a dining area and learning and socialising space throughout the buildings. Some spectacular views of the stunning Borders countryside complete the experience!

Open Days

Open Days

Our Open Days are designed to give you an insight into the student experience is at Heriot-Watt University, and offers a great opportunity meet current staff and students. Open Days are free and open to everyone, you are welcome to bring along family or friends. Choose a campus location for more details:

Edinburgh Campus

Visit our Edinburgh campus for the Schools of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, and Mathematical and Computer Sciences. Register here for the concerning Open Days: Undergraduate Open Days ¦ Postgraduate Open Days 

Scottish Borders Campus

Visit our Borders campus in Galashiels for the School of Textiles and Design. Register here for the concerning Open Days: Undergraduate Open Days ¦ Postgraduate Open Days 

Dubai Campus

Come and visit us in our modern facilities at Dubai International Academic City, approximately 20 minutes from the Dubai business district.

Malaysia Campus

Our new £35m 'green campus' in a stunning lakeside location in Putrajaya is now open and we hold regular events for you to come and see our state-of-the art learning and teaching environment

Go Global

Go Global

With our Go Global programme, Heriot-Watt students have the opportunity to study and see the world. You can take advantage of our international campus locations in the UK, Dubai and Malaysia by taking part in an Inter-Campus Transfer for a semester, year or longer.  We also have Erasmus+ and Exchange partners, allowing you to study in Europe or further afield as part of your degree programme. 

Contact us

Contact us

Have a chat with our Official Rep or contact us directly using the details on our website. Would you rather send an email? Scottish and Rest of UK students can send an email to [email protected], international students can email us at [email protected]

Teaching Excellence Framework Award (TEF)

TEF Silver Award

Heriot-Watt has received a Silver Award in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). This award is valid for up to three years. What do the TEF Awards mean for you?