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Heriot-Watt University



  • Since our foundation in 1821, we have been outward looking pioneers of education in pursuit of knowledge to benefit the society and the world.
  • From a pioneering institute born out of the Scottish Enlightenment, today we are shaping the world, a global university, a leader in transnational education. Echoing our founding principles of tailoring our curriculum to the needs of modern society.


  • As one of the most progressive and international institutions based in Scotland, you will have the opportunity to thrive, both personally and academically during your time with us.
  • The learning environment seeks to offer you the very best in terms of study programmes which apply knowledge to real world challenges. 
  • The very nature of a Heriot-Watt research-informed education, underpinned by our values, ensures you will have the opportunity to develop leadership skills and confidence to be specialists in your chosen fields and professions.


World-leading research focuses on finding solutions to major global challenges through significant international collaborations and connectivity to business. Our multi-disciplinary, award-winning research shapes the future by building capacity and capability.


The Careers and Graduate Futures Service is here to support your career planning in a number of ways including:

  • Developing your employability skills
  • Identifying potential career options
  • Help to find work experience
  • Marketing yourself to employers

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
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.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
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

  • Academic Registry
  • Careers Services
  • Chaplaincy
  • Go Global Office
  • Health Centre
  • Student Service Centre
  • Student Union 
  • Student Wellbeing

Housing services

  • Living on our beautiful Edinburgh campus is a great way to meet others from all over the world and make lifelong friends. Our student accommodation is conveniently located within easy reach of the teaching buildings, sports facilities, catering venues and the Student Union.

  • We have 2,000 residential places available at our Edinburgh campus with a range of room types and prices. Please note all of our accommodation is self-catered and single occupancy.

Library services

  • With over £9 million being invested in refurbishing the Library and Learning Commons areas, Edinburgh students can expect high quality, technology-enabled study spaces. The recurrent resources budget ensures easy and plentiful access to textbooks and journals, both online and in paper format.

  • The on-campus library is open 24/7 during semester and exam times

ICT services

  • Heriot-Watt's network of PCs can be accessed from academic Schools, the library, and some halls of residence.
  • The Eduroam wireless service is provided for staff and students, giving the flexibility of easy access to Eduroam wireless services on campus and at other participating institutions.

Medical services

  • We understand that your physical, emotional and spiritual 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 in Edinburgh, Scottish Borders and Orkney each offer bespoke facilities and a distinctive learning environment.

  • Edinburgh
  • Scottish Borders
  • Orkney
  • Dubai
  • Malaysia

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom


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