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Heriot-Watt University

Key Information

Rank 270 Location United Kingdom Established 1821 International Students 7,000
Famous Courses BSc (Hons), MMath, BA (Hons), LLB (Hons), MSci, MChem, MComp, BEng (Hons), MEng, LLB (Hons), MPhys, MSc, LLM, MBA, MA, MSc, MRes, PGCE, PGCert, PGDip International Fees £13,500-17,440

Heriot-Watt University UK

Heriot-Watt University (Oilthigh Heriot-Watt in Scottish Gaelic) is a Scottish public research university based in Edinburgh. The School of Arts of Edinburgh, the world's first mechanics' institute, was founded in 1821 and was granted university status by royal charter in 1966. It is the United Kingdom's eighth-oldest higher education institution. Scottish inventor James Watt and Scottish benefactor and jeweller George Heriot inspired the name Heriot-Watt.

By Royal Charter in 1966, it became a university. More over a third of Heriot-7,000 Watt's Edinburgh campus students are from outside the UK, and 10,000 students from 150 different countries study on its international programmes, demonstrating the university's international commitment.

The university has three campuses in Scotland, as well as one each in Malaysia and Dubai. The Scottish Council of Development and Industry recognised Heriot-Watt for its international focus, as well as its achievements in physical sciences, mathematics, business and management, engineering, and the built environment.

Within six months of graduation, 95% of Heriot-Watt first-year graduates were employed or enrolled in further education, and it is Scotland's top-paying institution (Times Higher Education).

Services for international students

Heriot-Watt University's International Students Advice Office provides guidance and support to international students. They may assist with practical matters such as opening a bank account in the United Kingdom, driving in the United Kingdom, registering with the police for visa renewal, local travel arrangements, and information on embassies and consulates in Edinburgh, among other things. Before leaving, the International Student Guide is also a good resource.

Heriot-Watt University's International Students Advice Office also arranges airport pickups at the beginning of each semester, as well as a series of welcome and orientation events.


  • In the Times University Guide 2022, it is ranked 30th, while in the Guardian University Guide, it is ranked 36th.
  • In the QS World University Rankings, 2022, it is ranked 270th. 2022
  • Heriot-Watt University has a high rate of graduate employment, with 80% of students working in graduate-level occupations six months following graduation.
  • Heriot-Watt University climbed to 33rd place in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, up from 45th the previous year.
  • Heriot-Watt is placed 22nd in the UK and 3rd in Scotland for 3* and 4* ratings.


The Heriot-Watt University accommodation office assigns places on campus and, if necessary, assists students in finding off-campus housing. Over 1,600 accommodations are offered on the Edinburgh Campus, including en suite and shared rooms. On the Scottish Borders Campus, there are 200 self-catered rooms and flats, while the University also leases flats off-campus and in the town centre. The Orkney Campus does not have any housing, but the accommodation service can help you discover flats and houses in Stromness.


Heriot-Watt University has six campuses in total: the Edinburgh Campus, the Scottish Borders Campus in Galashiels, the Dubai Campus in Dubai Academic City, the Orkney Campus in Stromness in the north of Scotland, a new MBA campus in Putrajaya, Malaysia, and a partnership with West London College. On the outskirts of Edinburgh, the main campus is one of the most contemporary in the UK.

The Edinburgh and Scottish Borders campuses of Heriot-Watt University have excellent transportation connections. Edinburgh is Scotland's capital, therefore it has well-developed national and international transportation ties. Galashiels, a picturesque market town only one hour south of Edinburgh by car, is home to the Scottish Borders Campus. As Edinburgh develops as a major European financial, business, cultural, and tourism hub, direct air connectivity to and from the city are becoming more common.

Edinburgh Airport is only five minutes away by vehicle from the Edinburgh Campus, with regular direct flights to London (less than an hour), Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt, Brussels, Zurich, and New York, among other destinations.


  • Adam Crozier – CEO ITV (BA Business Organisation 1984)
  • Richard Tait – Founder of Cranium (BSc Computer Science 1986)
  • Tammy Kane – Co-Founder of the fashion label Christopher Kane (BSc Textile Science 2000)
  • Irvine Welsh – Author (MBA 1991)
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Under graduate

  • Psychology BSc (Hons)
  • Physics MPhys
  • Physics BSc (Hons)
  • Modern Languages, Communication and Culture MA (Hons)
  • Modern Languages for Business Management MA (Hons)
  • Modern Languages (Interpreting and Translating) MA (Hons)

Post graduate

  • Safety, Risk and Reliability Engineering MSc
  • Safety and Risk Management MSc
  • Renewable Energy Development MSc
  • Real Estate MSc
  • Petroleum Engineering MSc
  • MBA with a Specialism in Strategy MBA

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Event From  To 
Welcome Week 6 September 2021 10 September 2021 
Semester 1 teaching 13 September 2021  3 December 2021
Semester 1 exams 6 December 2021 17 December 2021
Semester 1 break 20 December 2021 7 January 2022
Semester 2 teaching 10 January 2022 1 April 2022
Semester 2 break 4 April 2022 22 April 2022
Semester 2 exams 25 April 2022 20 May 2022
Graduations 20 June 2022 24 June 2022
Resit exams 4 August 2022 12 August 2022
Graduations 3 December 2022 6 December 2022


You must be a self-supporting student who has met, or is on pace to meet, the minimum academic entry requirements for the programme you desire to pursue from a fully accredited, high-ranking university. You must be a full-time student at one of our UK campuses and begin classes in September 2021. Only students with the right to live and work in the United Kingdom who have lived in Scotland for at least three years (and are not enrolled in full-time study) are eligible to apply for The Data Lab MSc scholarships. Citizens of the European Union who have not yet been granted pre-settlement status are no longer eligible to apply.
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