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Heriot-Watt University

We are a vibrant, forward-looking university offering a high quality learning experience and a welcoming and friendly environment. With an international reputation for innovative education, enterprise and leading edge but practical research, we are one of the leading UK universities for business and industry. We educate the technologists, professionals and thinkers of tomorrow and our graduates are highly sought after by employers.



A distinctive institution

With a history dating back to 1821, Heriot-Watt University has established a reputation for world-class teaching and practical, leading-edge research, which has made us one of the top UK universities for business and industry. 

We’re a vibrant, forward-looking university, well known for the quality of our degrees with employers actively seeking out our graduates.

Heriot-Watt is also Scotland’s most international university with an unsurpassed international in-country presence. We deliver degree programmes to 29,000 students globally, have campuses in Dubai and Malaysia and boast the largest international student cohort in Scotland at our Edinburgh and Scottish Borders campuses.

The University currently ranks in the top 4% of universities globally in the QS University World Rankings 2016/2017 and frequently scores among the top universities in the UK for student satisfaction.

Our global reach

Heriot-Watt University's roots are in Scotland, but our ambition and reach are truly international. Wherever you choose to study with Heriot-Watt, we will enable you to become a highly employable citizen of the world.

The multi-cultural nature of our campuses means that they are diverse and fascinating communities, where students can learn from each other, providing an excellent foundation for a global career. Around one third of our students studying on campus in Scotland come from outside the UK.

Links to business and industry

Our 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.

Globally employable graduates

Global companies actively seek out our graduates as they are work ready. Our programmes are designed to ensure that students receive a relevant, career-oriented education. As a result, more than 95% of our students are in graduate-level jobs or further study six months after completing their programme.


Key facts & figures

  • As the eighth oldest Higher Education Institution in the UK, we have encouraged innovation since 1821.
  • Approximately 29,000 students study Heriot-Watt degrees in over 30 countries around the world.
  • We are ranked in the Top 30 out of 121 universities by the Guardian University Guide 2018.
  • The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranked Heriot-Watt University 9th in the UK for impact, with 82% of research ranked world-class.
  • We have campuses in the UK, Dubai and Malaysia. Heriot-Watt students can take advantage of our international campus locations by transferring to another location for a semester, a year or longer.
  • In 2016, our Edinburgh Campus became home to Oriam, Scotland’s Sports Performance Centre, 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.

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EH14 4AS

Tel: +44 (0)131 449 5111

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EH14 4AS

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