Research and innovation
From discovery to application, our pioneering research delivers results with far reaching global impact, helping to transform society and drive the economy.
82% of our research is assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent.REF 2014
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Our global pioneers
Meet our pioneering researchers who deliver solutions, from discovery to application, from smart rocks to robotics.
Our research is driven by delivering real results with far-reaching impact for people, society and the economy.
Ideas and solutions
Since 1821 we have been at the forefront of new ideas and solutions, creating radical innovations that make a difference in the real world.
Heriot-Watt University was ranked the 9th university in the UK and 1st in Scotland for research impact.REF 2014
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Browse our research areas in the physical, social and life sciences, engineering, business and design, by School or Institute.
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