Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt University has its main campus in Edinburgh in a beautiful setting of 380 acres of parkland. The University has five campuses across the world including Dubai, Edinburgh, Scottish Borders, Orkney and Malaysia. The University has the largest Business School in Scotland. The University also has one of the oldest textile schools in the world. It is the only Centre of Actuarial Excellence in Europe. Heriot-Watt University has six faculties namely,

  • School of Social Sciences
  • Edinburgh Business School
  • School of Textile and Design
  • School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society
  • School of Engineering and Physical Sciences
  • School of Maths and Computer Science.

According to The Complete University Guide 2020, Heriot-Watt University is ranked 35th in the UK and ranked 40th in the UK out of 132 universities, according to The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019. It is one of the top 300 universities worldwide, says THE World University Rankings. Civil Engineering and Structural Engineering courses are ranked in the top 150 in the QS World University Rankings 2019.

Life in Heriot-Watt University

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School of Social Sciences

The School of Social Sciences comprises of:

  • Edinburgh Business School
  • The Department of Languages and Intercultural studies
  • Department of Psychology

The Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies specializes in the fields translating and interpreting studies and intercultural studies such as living cultural heritage, language policy and intercultural communication. Facilities available for language learning and translation and interpretation includes four fully-equipped interpreting teaching labs; two language laboratories; self-study laboratory; computer labs; audio-visual teaching equipment; facilities for closed-circuit television; satellite broadcasting reception; recording studio and a special collection of monolingual and multilingual dictionaries, covering a wide range of specialised subjects, is located in the Dictionaries Room in the University Library. The Department works closely with SCIC, the Directorate-General for Interpretation of the European Commission. The Department is one of only four UK university departments that have been granted membership of CIUTI. The Department is also a Higher Education Language Partner with the UK Chartered Institute of Linguists. Heriot-Watt is a member of the EMT network, the European Master’s in Translation network. Heriot-Watt University is ranked 2nd in Scotland and top 10 in the UK for Languages and Intercultural studies with 92% student satisfaction, according to National Student Survey 2019.

Edinburgh Business School

Edinburgh Business School offers various subjects including

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management and Law
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management and Logistics
  • Strategy and Enterprise

Edinburgh Business School is a member of two global Business Education Bodies namely:

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).

Edinburgh Business School has Centre for Networks and Enterprise Excellence (CNEE) which holds two labs including Operational Excellence Lab and Network Science Lab. Operational Excellence Lab is used for the task of developing research on emerging themes in Operational Excellence and Network Science Lab is a Scientific Frontier which is a platform for the researchers to expand the networks for new opportunities. Research Centre for Social and Economic Data Analytics (CSEDA) has four focused research groupings namely:

  • The Energy Markets Group (EMG)
  • the Quantitative Methods Lab (QML)
  • the Centre for Finance & Investment (CFI) and
  • the Marketing Analytics Group (MAG).

The Marketing department of Edinburgh Business School was ranked best in Scotland, according to the National Student Survey 2020.

The Business School has accreditation for almost all the subjects they offer. Accounting courses are accredited by Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA); The Association of International Accountants (AIA); Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA); Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW); Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland (ICAS). Business, Marketing and Management courses are accredited by Global Accreditation Centre for Project Management Education Programs (GAC); Chartered Institute Marketing (CIM); Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Project Management Institute (PMI). Finance courses are accredited by Bloomberg Experiential Leading Partner (BELP) and Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA). Logistics courses are accredited by Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT); Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS); Institute of Six Sigma Professionals (ISSPRO).

School of Textiles and Design

The school offers courses in six categories including:

  • Fashion Technology
  • Fashion
  • Interior Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Branding and Promotion
  • Textiles

The School has the largest knit, weave and print studios in an academic setting. Students have access to fully equipped clothing workshops, spacious studios with individual work space, technical workshops and laboratories, state-of-the-art production equipment and computer aided design (CAD) suites.

The Fashion Technology programme offers an integrated work placement which provides students with invaluable industry experience. Industry placement partnership includes Adidas, Nike, Christopher Kane, Pauline Van Dongen, Iris Van Herpen, ASOS, Cooper & Stollbrand, Tommy Hilfiger, Teatum Jones, Kalopsia, Traake and Paul Smith.

Fashion programme offers internships and placements with Christopher Kane, Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy, Ann Demeulemeester, Sophie Hulme, Gareth Pugh, Nicole Farhi, Vivienne Westwood, Dazed and Confused, Paul Smith, M&S, The Kooples.

School of Textiles and Design works in collaboration with Royal Academy of Engineering, School of energy, Geosciences, Infrastructure and Society is one of the four recognised Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design in the UK.

School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society

This School provides a collaborative research and teaching environment organised into six institutes namely:

  • The Institute of Sustainable Building Design (ISBD)
  • The Institute for Infrastructure and Environment (IIE)
  • The Institute of Life and Earth Sciences (ILES)
  • The Institute of GeoEnergy Engineering (IGE)
  • Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research (I-SPHERE)
  • The Urban Institute (TUI)

And a specialised arm of the Institute of Life and Earth Sciences is the International Centre for Island Technology (ICIT). The school offers UG courses in the following subject areas:

  • Architectural Engineering
  • Biology
  • Civil Engineering and Structural Engineering
  • Construction Project Management and Quantity surveying
  • Geography and Urban Studies.

And offers PG courses in the following subject areas:

  • Building, Planning and Urban Design
  • Civil / Structural / Safety / Water Engineering
  • Construction Management and Surveying
  • Energy and Renewables
  • Geoscience
  • Marine, Environment and Climate Change
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Real Estate, Housing and Social Policy

The School of EGIS has a record of successful partnership working with the private and public sector in Scotland; promotes links with small and medium-sized enterprises. According to The UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) of 2014, The university is ranked 9th in the UK and 1st in Scotland for research impact with 90% of overall research activity in General Engineering and 70% of overall research activity in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning confirmed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

School of Engineering and Physical Sciences

The School of Engineering and Physical Sciences offers a wide range of courses under six departments namely:

  • Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Electrical, Electronical & Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics; Brewing & Distilling
  • Combined Studies.

Chemistry programmes allow a period of overseas study at universities in many countries including Australia, North America, Spain, Germany or France. All the Chemistry programmes are accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry. According to The National Student Survey 2018, The School of Engineering and Physical Science in Heriot-Watt is ranked number 1 in Scotland for Chemistry.

The Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering offers a variety of UG courses, however the specialities include Microsystems, Robotics, Intelligent Systems, Signal and Image Processing, Embedded Systems, Power Electronics and High Voltage engineering are uniquely applied internationally across industries such as Communications, Medical Electronics, Transport, Offshore Oil and Gas, Defence, Energy Generation/Distribution and beyond. All the MSc programmes are linked to active research and development groups that are internationally leading in several aspects of signal processing, vision and robotics, energy and power engineering, sensor and network engineering, microwaves and microelectronics. According to The National Student Survey 2014, The university is ranked number 1 in the UK for overall satisfaction score.

Combined studies are a flexible, interdisciplinary degree programme which are taught in the following schools:

  • School of Social Sciences
  • School of Textile and Design
  • School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society
  • School of Engineering and Physical Sciences
  • School of Maths and Computer Science.

And the programmes are taught across three campuses including Edinburgh Campus, Dubai Campus and Scottish Borders Campus.

School of Maths and Computer Sciences

The School of Maths and Computer Sciences comprises of three departments namely:

  • Mathematics
  • Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics
  • Computer Science

The School hosts the Actuarial Research Centre, coordinating the network of actuarial researchers affiliated with the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. It is a key partner in the Edinburgh Robotics Centre, at the forefront of research in robotics worldwide and is an integral part of the Maxwell Institute for Mathematical Sciences which is one of the largest and most successful mathematical research institutes in the UK. All the programmes in the Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics are accredited by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) and the full suite of UG programmes are accredited by the UK Actuarial Profession and most of the Computer programmes are accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS).


Heriot-Watt University is the university of elections for business and industry and the graduates are required by the finest organisations worldwide.

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