Heriot-Watt University

Edinburgh, Scotland


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), and has campuses in the Scottish Borders, Orkney, United Arab Emirates and Putrajaya in Malaysia. It takes the name Heriot-Watt from Scottish inventor James Watt and Scottish philanthropist and goldsmith George Heriot.

Heriot-Watt has been named International University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. The university is ranked among the World’s Top 500 by all three major rankings – 302 in QS World University Rankings, 351-400 in Times Higher Education World University Rankings and 401-500 in Academic Ranking of World Universities. In the latest Research Excellence Framework, it was ranked overall in the Top 25% of UK universities and 1st in Scotland for research impact. It has been rated ‘silver’ in the latest UK Teaching Excellence Framework.

Heriot-Watt was established as the School of Arts of Edinburgh by Scottish businessman Leonard Horner on 16 October 1821. Having been inspired by Anderson’s College in Glasgow, Horner established the School to provide practical knowledge of science and technology to Edinburgh’s working men.The institution was initially of modest size, giving lectures two nights a week in rented rooms and boasting a small library of around 500 technical works. It was also oversubscribed, with admissions soon closing despite the cost of 15 shillings for a year’s access to lectures and the library.

As of February 2017, approximately 13,700 student are enrolled at one of Heriot-Watt’s campuses: 66.6% in Scotland, 24.2% in Dubai and 9.2% in Malaysia. In the Scotland campus, the university has a female:male ratio of 41:59.

35 in League Table Ranking of The Complete University Guide
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver rating
Type University Public
Year Founded 1821
Size Medium
10,500 Students


4,5 years
Course Durations Available

TEF Rating

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK.

Courses Available

  • Accounting, Business, Management and Marketing
  • Architecture, Building, Planning and Design
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Engineering
  • Foreign Studies (Language, Literature and Linguistics)
  • Hospitality and Culinary
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Recreation, Sports and Fitness Studies
  • Veterinary, Agricultural and Food Sciences


How to Apply?

Accepts UCAS

For International Students

6.0 Minimum IELTS Score
IELTS Requirement: Required
PTE Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of IELTS)
Deadlines and Important Dates
Deadline of application via UCAS for majority of undergraduate courses

Cost and Scholarships

£ 14,640
Average Tuition Fee
(For International Students)

Types of Scholarships Available

Merit Based


Heriot-Watt Academic Scholarship
Total Worth £1,000
Eligibility and Requirements Students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales achieving the specified grades, who have applied and been accepted to the relevant programme, and subsequently take up the place, will automatically receive the Scholarship.
Available for International Students No
Application Deadline --
West Lothian Educational Trust
Total Worth Varies
Eligibility and Requirements Individuals must have originated in West Lothian or have lived there for the last 3 years.
Available for International Students No
Application Deadline February 1, May 1, September 1
Other Details The Trust provides grants for various educational purposes for individuals and groups residing in West Lothian.
Music Scholarships
Total Worth £400
Eligibility and Requirements The following criteria are taken into consideration: 1. musical ability and potential, proof of exam results and membership of orchestras or choirs 2. a reference from your last vocal or instrumental teacher 3. in the case of the Archer Music Scholarships, a personal statement is also required 4. auditions will be held during Semester 1.
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline --
Other Details All music scholars including the Archer Music Scholars will be expected to be members of the orchestra or choir, and attend all rehearsals and concerts. If eligible, students may apply for an academic scholarship in addition to a music scholarship.