Heriot-Watt University


Heriot-Watt University is a public university based in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was established in 1821 as the world’s first mechanics’ institute (Royal Charter granted in 1966). It has campuses in the Scottish Borders, Orkney, Dubai, and Putrajaya in Malaysia.

Heriot-Watt is one of the oldest higher education institutions in the UK. Celebrating they 50th anniversary, they gained university status by Royal Charter in 1966. 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. The university is ranked among the World’s Top 500 by both Times Higher Education World University Rankings (401-500) and QS World University Rankings (327).


Heriot-Watt is divided into six schools and one institute that coordinate its teaching and research:

  • The School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society, incorporating petroleum engineering and renewable energy technology, architectural engineering, civil & structural engineering, construction management & surveying, geography and urban studies;
  • The School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, incorporating chemical engineering, chemistry, electrical, electronic and computing engineering, mechanical engineering and physics;
  • The School of Social Sciences (formerly, School of Management and Languages), incorporating accountancy and finance, business management, economics and languages;
  • The School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, incorporating actuarial mathematics and statistics, computer science and mathematics;
  • The School of Textiles and Design;
  • Edinburgh Business School, which offers postgraduate courses at MBA, MSc and DBA level;

From 1 August 2016, the former School of Life Sciences was merged with other schools, with programmes transferred to the School of Management and Languages, the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society and the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences.


Entry requirements vary by course and each application is considered on an individual basis. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate that they have the necessary personal and social skills required for successful performance at university. Applicants with particularly good grades may be eligible for second year entry into their degree courses.

The university will accept a wide range of international qualifications at the level equivalent to their standard Scottish Highers/A levels/IB qualifications. The university makes offers on A2 A level qualifications only and not on A1, AS levels.  For some courses A level General Studies is not included in the assessment of three A levels required. Applicants with particularly good grades may be eligible for second year entry into their degree courses.


Heriot-Watt degrees are career-focused and relevant to the needs of business and industry, with many programmes accredited by professional bodies.

The university will help the students to meet some of the top employers, from the UK and across the world, through the excellent links with business and industry that it has developed, and through its programme of employer presentations, careers fairs and skills development events.


In the National Student Survey 2015, 89% of their students said they were satisfied overall with their experience at Heriot-Watt, placing them joint third in Scotland and 28th in the UK. In addition, they had the highest overall satisfaction rates in Scotland for Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, European Languages and Building. Gained best possible result in the 2015 QAA Enhancement Led Institutional Review with QAA noting particularly the university’s diverse range of learning opportunities worldwide and the close partnership between the university and Student Union. A large number of their degrees are accredited by the professional bodies which gives strong links into relevant employment.


The university’s Careers Service delivers a comprehensive programme of careers talks in every degree subject complimented by a series of interactive workshops.

This is backed up by individual guidance on career choice, gaining work experience and making successful job or postgraduate applications. The university has excellent links with employers and is able to run a careers fair/insight event for every relevant industrial sector. Students also have the option of getting expert advice from a practising professional by participating in the university’s career mentoring programme.

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