Heriot-Watt University

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Heriot-Watt University was founded in 1821 as the Edinburgh School of Arts (the world’s first Mechanics Institute), a college for working people. It became a university in 1966, and has close links with industry, commerce and the professions.

Heriot-Watt University has five campuses: three in the UK – Edinburgh, the Scottish Borders, where textile courses are taught, and Orkney – and campuses in Dubai and Malaysia.

Courses and Specialisms

Around 400 course are taught through five academic schools and one graduate school:


The university has over 11,500 students on its UK campus ranked 2nd in the UK in QS Best Student Cities. Over 29,000 students studying with us at our campuses and online through distance learning .One third of our students are from outside the UK, making Heriot-Watt one of the most internationally diversified of any UK university.

According to HESA, 94.6% of students went into employment or further study within six months after graduating in 2016/17.

Facilities and Services

The main campus is set in the Edinburgh suburb of Riccarton. The National Performance Centre for Sports (NPCS), a joint venture in conjunction with the City of Edinburgh Council, is located here. Oriam The £33 million state-of-the-art facility has indoor and outdoor football pitches, rugby pitches, sports hall, climbing wall, squash courts, fitness suite and excellent facilities for sports science and medicine students.

The Scottish Borders Campus in Galashiels specialises in textiles, fashion and design. Courses are offered in conjunction with Glasgow Clyde College and there is also a partnership with Borders College delivering higher and further education, and sharing new campus facilities.

The Orkney Campus in Stromness is the International Centre for Island Technology (ICIT) and offers postgraduate courses in renewable energy and marine resources.

The Dubai Campus is a recently purpose built campus approximately 25 minutes outside the centre of Dubai. It offers excellent facilities including a well equipped library, IT and audio-visual facilities, a 700-seat auditorium and student apartments situated close to shops and local amenities.

The Malaysian Campus is the country’s first ‘green campus’ and offers degrees in science, engineering and business. The choice of courses will continue to grow. Situated in the stunning lakeside city of Putrajaya, it has state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities and express links to Kuala Lumpur.


Heriot Watt is 35th in the UK and 6th in Scotland.

Heriot-Watt University is ranked 3rd in the UK for Building, 9th for Town and Country Planning and 10th for Maths (Complete University Guide League Table 2020).

Heriot-Watt is ranked 37th in the world, 13th in the UK and 3rd in Scotland for its international outlook, a score based on the percentage of the university's international staff, the level of international co-authorship of academic papers and the percentage of international students studying with the University (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019).


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Career Sectors


Building Technology and Management

Civil and Structural Engineering

Construction Crafts

Landscape Architecture

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Town and Regional Planning

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Contact Details

EH14 4AS

Edinburgh Campus

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Orkney Campus

The Old Academy
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Scottish Borders Campus