Heriot-Watt University

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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

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
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Fashion, Textiles and Design
  • Geography
  • Languages and Intercultural Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Sciences

Our Rankings

  • Top 35 UK Rankings (Complete Uni Guide 2020 and Times Good University Guide 2020)
  • 1st in Scotland, 17th in the UK for graduate salaries six months after graduation (Times Good University Guide 2020)
  • 95% of Heriot-Watt students are in employment or further education within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers of HE survey)
  • 3rd in the UK, top in Scotland for amount spent on student facilities (The Complete University Guide 2020)
  • 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.

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 to attend and you are welcome to bring along family or friends. 

Edinburgh Campus Undergraduate Open Days
Visit our Edinburgh Campus for the Schools of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, and Mathematical and Computer Sciences. 

  • Friday 3rd July 2020 (virtual)
  • Saturday 26th September 2020
  • Saturday 24th October 2020

Scottish Borders Campus Undergraduate Open Days
Visit our Borders Campus in Galashiels for the School of Textiles and Design.

  • Friday 2nd October 2020
  • Friday 6th November 2020

Find out more about our upcoming Postgraduate Virtual Events
 

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 £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.

Facilities

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. 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! 


Sport
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.

Student Support

  • 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.

Accommodation

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!

Go Global

Become a global student by studying at our international campuses in Dubai and Malaysia. We encourage all students to take part in our Go Global programme through an Inter-Campus Transfer or Study Trips, Exchange or Erasmus+. Go Global is a great opportunity to meet people from different cultures, discover new interests and develop life skills. 

Inter-Campus Transfers
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.

Exchange
The Exchange programme gives you the opportunity to study with one of our international degree exchange partners for part of your degree.

Erasmus+
The Erasmus+ programme enables you to study in Europe as part of your chosen degree,

Opportunities are available for most subjects. For more information, visit our website. 

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Happy Easter! 🌻 While this has not been the Easter we envisioned for 2020; the sun is starting to shine through the window and the #OneWatt community are finding ways to be positive and enjoy spring from home. Our next tip from Psychology Professor Alan Gow is to practice gratitude and to notice the small things in the every day that make you happy. Writing five things you’re grateful for, no matter how small, can help not just create a more positive mindset but has been proven to help with sleep and can even boost your immune system. 🙌 To get you inspired, here are some pics from staff, students and graduate apprentices from Edinburgh, Orkney, Galashiels, Dubai and Malaysia telling us what they’re most grateful for while they study or work from home. Stay home and stay safe 💙 Beautiful pic of the Meadows in Edinburgh last year by @moumita.paul_ 🌸 Send us your pics of the things you love with #WattsYourView and we’ll share them on our page. 📸 Don’t forget that the Heriot-Watt Success and Wellbeing service is still here to offer you advice and support throughout your time indoors. If you would benefit from a short chat with one of our wellbeing advisors, book an appointment through the myHWU Student Portal https://portal.hw.ac.uk #heriotwatt #heriotwattedinburgh #heriotwattdubai #heriotwattmayalsia #heriotwattuniversity #happyeaster #spring #springtime #wellbeing #staypositive #stayinside #scotland #scotlandphotography #visitscotland #edinburghcity #cherryblossoms #beauty #stunning_shots #edinburghphotography #studyinscotland #scotland #malaysia #goglobal #trulyglobal #orkney #edinburghsnapshots #throwback #summer #summerinedinburgh

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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]

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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?