Heriot-Watt University

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Intake Periods September 2024

About Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt is a specialist, pioneering University, with a global presence, world-renowned, innovative research, and highly employable graduates.

Since 1821, their pioneering research and education have positively impacted the global stage. They continue to push new frontiers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Business and Design.

Heriot-Watt's goal is to educate students to flourish in their learning and life skills, and for the University to deliver research and enterprise with a profound impact on the communities Heriot-Watt serve.

Heriot-Watt is a key institution in a major international city, making an important contribution to Edinburgh’s world reputation for education, business and research. 

Studying with Heriot-Watt will allow you to realise the benefits of living in this world class city while also giving you easy access to all that Scotland has to offer: great hospitality, stunning scenery, and a rich cultural heritage. 

On campus you’ll find one-third of Heriot-Watt’s 9,000 students are from countries outside the UK, bringing a real international flavour to the community. Along with the Scottish students, you will share your academic and social life with people from over 150 countries, giving you a great opportunity to learn about other cultures and build friendships that stretch across the globe. 



  • 281st in the world (QS World University Rankings 2023) 
  • 23rd in the UK (Complete University Guide 2022) 
  • REF 2021 classed 86.8% of our research and 88.6% of our research outputs as world-leading and internationally excellent 

          Heriot-Watt University was recognised for world-leading research in Physics; Mathematical Sciences; Engineering; and Architecture, Built Environment and Planning. 

  •  TOP 10 in the UK for Building, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, German and Iberian Languages, Marketing, and Town and Country Planning. (Complete University Guide 2022) 
  • TOP 10 in the UK for Building, Chemical Engineering, Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy 

Take a Closer Look

What their Students Say

I had a wonderful experience studying at Heriot-Watt. The University was one of the first universities to establish an actuarial course in the UK (or worldwide), and it’s taught by a group of prominent actuaries who are members of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA). It definitely prepared me for the world of work; projects are linked to the latest market trends/topics and I learned how to transfer theories into real-world industry solutions. My studies also really boosted my IFoA exam progress. Now I work for a leading insurance company, Athora, focused on the European markets and the great networking opportunities my degree provided me with will benefit my ongoing career.

Sherry Zhang
MSc Actuarial Management

The Brewing and Distilling programme at Heriot-Watt is renowned worldwide and I leaned from many excellent professors. It built my understanding of the whole industry and provided a very comprehensive knowledge of brewing and distilling. As a Distillery Manager at Shanghai Bacchus Group, I’m currently involved in the commissioning of a large new vodka/whisky distillery. My role is to provide technical support (across mashing, fermentation, and distillation) and management of almost everything. In addition, I also share my ideas with our whisky/vodka marketing teams and act as a consultant to the Board of the company.

Jeng-Ing Chen
MSc Brewing and Distilling

Heriot-Watt University Subject Areas

Subject Areas

Accounting and Finance, Biology, Business and Management, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computing and IT, Construction, Counselling, Creative Media, Design and Crafts, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Food Science, Geography and Environmental Studies, Hospitality, Event Management and Tourism, International Studies, Languages, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Mental Health, Physics, Psychology, Science, Social Policy and Administration, Sports and fitness, Statistics, Supply Chain and Logistics

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