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. Heriot-Watt University is a university based in Edinburgh, Scotland. The name commemorates George Heriot, the 16th century financier to King James, and James Watt, the great 18th century inventor and engineer. It’s one of the world’s great cities and renowned as a centre of learning and discovery; studying here is a stimulating and inspirational experience. Edinburgh offers a unique city environment. It’s culturally diverse, historically significant, socially alive, environmentally aware, politically central and visually stunning. Edinburgh is world-famous for its festivals, devoted to theatre, film, books, music, science and politics, which attract 1.4 million visitors to the city each year.


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Founded as the School of Arts of Edinburgh in 1821, Heriot-Watt is the eighth-oldest higher education institution in the United Kingdom. The institution received its university charter in 1966 and is currently ranked 4th among the top five universities in Scotland.

At Heriot-Watt you’ll find a really friendly, welcoming community on campus. It’s easy to get to know people here and it’s very convenient: everything is within easy reach. University has excellent facilities, including fantastic sports amenities, while Edinburgh offers social, cultural and leisure opportunities. Edinburgh Campus which is set in 380 acres of parkland, offering a unique environment for studying and socialising. It’s perfect for unwinding and excellent for activities:

Heriot-Watt is also Scotland’s most international university with an unsurpassed international in-country presence. University deliver degree programmes to 11,800 students in 150 countries around the world, have a campus in Dubai and boast the largest international student cohort in Scotland.

Heriot-Watt University is an early pioneer of equal opportunities: welcomed women as early as 1869, 20 years ahead of other institutions.

Originally based in the centre of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University now has four campuses. The main campus is located in Riccarton in the Currie area on the outskirts of the city. Satellite campuses are located in Galashiels in the Borders (Scottish Borders Campus, formerly the Scottish College of Textiles), Stromness (Orkney campus) and most recently in Dubai Academic City (Heriot-Watt University Dubai campus).

There is also a wide network of over 60 Approved Learning Partners, in over 30 countries, such as Tomsk Polytechnic University in Tomsk. University has a total population of 17,700 students, full-time, part-time and distance and supported learning around the world. Of these 10,700 are on international programmes, including the MBA programme and those studying through one of 60 Approved Learning Partners worldwide. Heriot-Watt has around 7,000 on-campus students in Scotland, more than a quarter of who are from outside the UK. Approximately 10,000 students from 150 countries worldwide are currently studying on international programmes.

Heriot-Watt is world renowned in areas as varied as petroleum engineering, actuarial and financial mathematics, photonics, translating and interpreting, logistics and business education.

These strategic areas of expertise are:

  • Energy
  • Environment and climate change
  • Life and physical sciences interface
  • Risk and modelling
  • Infrastructure and transport

Travel links with Heriot-Watt’s Edinburgh and Scottish Borders Campuses are excellent. Edinburgh is Scotland’s capital city, so national and international travel links are well developed. The Scottish Borders Campus is in Galashiels, an attractive market town, just one hour south of Edinburgh by road.

Direct air links to and from Edinburgh are growing all the time, as the city continues to develop as a major European financial, business, cultural and tourism hub. The airport is only five minutes by car from the Edinburgh Campus and there are regular direct flights to London (only one hour), Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt, Brussels, Zurich and New York, to name but a few.


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