Heriot-Watt is a highly regarded UK university, specialising in Business, Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Fashion and Design – subjects which make a real impact on today’s world and society. With its pioneering roots dating back for 200 years to 1821 and five international campuses in Edinburgh, the Scottish Borders, Orkney, Dubai and Malaysia, Heriot-Watt delivers innovation, educational excellence and ground-breaking research and continues to be a powerful driver and engine of the economy. Our global campuses offer superb facilities, safe surroundings and an international welcome to all.
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Courses and Fees
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.
Our Subject Areas
The main subject areas that we cover include:
- Actuarial Science
- Brewing and Distilling
- Building, Surveying and Urban Studies
- Business and Accounting
- Computer Science
- Fashion, Textiles and Design
- Languages and Intercultural Studies
- Sports and Exercise Science* (new for 2022)
- 23rd in UK, 4th in Scotland (Complete Uni Guide 2022)
- 30th in UK (Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022)
- 35th in UK (Guardian University Guide 2021)
- 1st in Scotland, 17th in the UK for graduate salaries six months after graduation (Times Good University Guide 2020)
- 93% of Heriot-Watt students are in employment or further education within 15 months of graduating (Graduate Outcome Survey 2019)
- 2nd in the UK, top in Scotland for amount spent on student facilities (The Complete University Guide 2022)
- 270th in World, 33rd in UK, 5th in Scotland (QS World University Rankings 2022)
- 9th in UK and 1st in Scotland for research impact (Research Excellence Framework 2014)
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 on fees and funding please visit our website.
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 to attend and you are welcome to bring along family or friends.
Edinburgh Campus Undergraduate Open Days
Our 2022 dates are:-
- Friday 10th June 2022
- Saturday 24th September 2022
- Saturday 29th September 2022
Our 2022 dates are:-
- Friday 7th October 2022
- Friday 4th November 2022
Come and visit us in our modern facilities at Dubai International Academic City, approximately 20 minutes from the Dubai business district.
Our £35m 'green campus' in a stunning lakeside location in Putrajaya opened in 2014 and we hold regular events for you to come and see our state-of-the art learning and teaching environment.
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. The Student Union is run by students, for students. It aims to empower and inspire and works tirelessly to enhance the student experience. With home to over 70 of the best and most diverse societies, the Student Union will help you find your calling!
Our Edinburgh Campus is home to Oriam, Scotland’s National 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 impressive 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.
- Student Wellbeing
Your time at Heriot-Watt will be fun and fulfilling but there may be times when you need some help and advice. We offer a range of support services from our friendly team on issues including university life, money, accommodation and safety, an on-campus health centre, disability support
- Widening Participation
We are committed to widening participating in higher education and offering opportunities to study for students from a diverse range of backgrounds.
- 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.
Our student accommodation is tailored to students' needs and priorities as well as providing space for you to meet and socialise. 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.
There are 2,000 residential places available at our Edinburgh Campus with a range of room types and prices, including 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 self-catered, providing spacious kitchens with a dining area and fantastic communal space for studying and relaxing. Some spectacular views of the stunning Borders countryside complete the experience!
Become a global student by studying at our international campuses in Dubai and Malaysia. We encourage our students to take part in our Go Global programme through an Inter-Campus Transfer or study trip.
Why Go Global?
Go Global is a great opportunity to meet people from different cultures, discover new interests, and develop life skills
- 99% of Go Global participants said they would recommend it to other students
Take advantage of our international locations and either transfer your studies to our campuses in Dubai or Malaysia, or take part in a study trip.
Please note, we will be adhering to local government guidelines and restrictions around travel and may need to adapt depending on the situation with the global pandemic.
Opportunities are available for most subjects. For more information, visit our website.