Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt University is a world renowned and pioneering university, with a global presence and highly employable graduates. Our taught programmes and research are informed by the needs of business and industry. We actively facilitate collaborations and partnerships, building strategic alliances and promoting knowledge transfer. We aim to find radical innovations for the benefit of society. 

Top reasons to study here

  • Founded in 1821, we have a rich heritage which is valued for its pioneering research informed by the global needs of business and industry.
  • We were named ‘International University of the Year 2018’ by The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide.
  • We are ranked in the top 10 universities in the UK and 1st in Scotland for research impact in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

PhD Programmes

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)
Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Humanities (1)
Journalism & Media (1)
Medicine & Health (1)



  • We are proud that since our foundation in 1821 we have been outward-looking pioneers of education, in pursuit of knowledge to the benefit of society and the world. With our roots in Scotland, our ambition and reach are truly international. In the United Kingdom, we have campuses in Edinburgh, the Scottish Borders and Orkney. Heriot-Watt University also has campuses in Dubai and Malaysia.


  • Specialists in business, engineering, design and the physical, social and life sciences, we offer postgraduate courses that will provide you with the knowledge and skills to solve real world challenges. 


Our world-leading pioneering research focuses on major global challenges through significant international collaborations and connectivity to business. Our research is driven by leaders in their field, who are addressing such challenges and transforming lives.


Global companies actively seek out our work-ready graduates because our programmes are designed to ensure that students receive a relevant, career-orientated education. 

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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301 13
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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701 -200
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.


Student services

  • As a current student of Heriot-Watt you have access to myHWU, the Heriot-Watt student portal, which connects you to everything that students need in order to study, all in one place.

Housing services

  • Our student accommodation is tailored to students' needs and priorities as well as providing space for you to meet and socialise.

Library services

  • Library information can be found within our Information Services.

ICT services

  • Information Services support research, learning, teaching and administrative activities by providing Library, Information and Learning Technology services to Heriot-Watt students and staff.

Medical services

  • We understand that health and wellbeing are important in helping you to make the most out of your time at the University. Staying healthy, both physically and mentally, means you can remain focused on your studies, achieve your full potential and enjoy the experience of being a student.

Student Life

Campus life

Our campuses are based in some of the world’s most inspiring locations in the UK, Dubai and Malaysia. Each offers superb facilities, safe surroundings and an international welcome. We have built connected and integrated learning environments close to the vibrant cities of Edinburgh, Dubai and Kuala Lumpur. 

Sports facilities

The Sports Union (SU) is the student-focused organisation that provides sport and exercise opportunities for Heriot-Watt students.

Students at our Edinburgh Campus can also take advantage of state-of-the-art sports facilities at ORIAM. 

Student clubs

Get involved with the Student Union and its many societies.


Many of our courses are accredited by leading professional bodies and organisations. Some courses additionally benefit from the support of industry advice ensuring course content is high quality, up-to-date and relevant to industry needs.

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom


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