Heriot-Watt University

Leaders in ideas and solutions

United Kingdom

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 31,000 students globally, have campuses in Dubai and Malaysia and boast the largest international student cohort in Scotland.

Leading thinking

We are committed to continuous improvement and development in all our activity. Our focus is on responding to the changing needs of business, industry and society and finding solutions to the global challenges of the 21st century.

Building on established expertise in key, specialist areas, our aim is to produce the next generation of leaders and thinkers who make a difference in the world.

We are already leading the way in areas as varied as energy, the environment and climate change, risk and modelling, infrastructure and transport, and the interface between life and physical sciences.

Fulfilling potential

At Heriot-Watt we've created an environment that nurtures innovation and leadership - where our researchers, staff and students can realise their potential and develop their ambitions.

We're proud of our collegiate atmosphere and integrated teaching and research approach which has helped to build a community of committed academics and highly motivated students. Our focus on careers delivers results and we've an excellent reputation for graduate employability.

We have campuses in Edinburgh, the Scottish Borders, Orkney, Dubai and Malaysia where we aim to provide stimulating, supportive environments conducive to effective learning and research, and where staff and students can excel.

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Key facts:


  • Top 300 Universities Worldwide – THE World University Rankings.
  • Heriot-Watt has the largest business school in Scotland.
  • Main UK campus is in Edinburgh in a beautiful setting of 380 acres of stunning parkland.
  • Founded in 1854, The Watt Club is the UK's oldest graduate club in the UK.
  • 90% student satisfaction for courses (National Student Survey, 2018).
  • 5 campuses situated around the world, including Dubai and Malaysia.
  • Ranked 35th in the UK (The Complete University Guide 2020) and Top 40 in the UK out of 132 universities (The Times/The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019).