Undergraduate programmes starting in September 2019

How to apply

All applications to undergraduate degree programmes at the UK campuses of Heriot-Watt University, whether from the UK or overseas, should be made online through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can get in touch with us before you apply for advice related to the qualifications you are taking and the offer you are may expect to receive.

Apply through UCAS

When to apply

UCAS accepts applications from September 2018 for entry in September 2019. The first closing date for applications to be guaranteed consideration was 15 January 2019. We are continuing to accept applications from talented and enthusiastic applicants, but cannot guarantee consideration for areas of high demand. If you’re interested in applying and want to find out more, contact the Admissions Tutor for the degree programme you are applying to.

Your application

Your UCAS application is completed in 10 steps:

  1. Registration: registering to use the UCAS Apply service
  2. Personal details: your name, address, date of birth, contact details, nationality, residential status and an outline of any disabilities
  3. Additional information (UK applicants only): additional details about any non-examination-based activities you have taken in preparation for higher education
  4. Choices: a list of the programmes, and the universities and colleges that you are applying to
  5. Education: details of where you have studied and which qualifications you are taking/have taken
  6. Employment: details of your work history and employers
  7. Personal statement: a statement that tells us why you are applying for the programme(s) you’ve chosen and why we should want you as a student
  8. Reference: a reference from a tutor, careers adviser or other professional who knows you
  9. Declaration: confirming that the information you’ve given is correct and agreeing to use the UCAS Apply service
  10. Pay and send: paying the application fee online using a credit or debit card

If you need help with your application you should contact UCAS Customer Services on 0371 468 0468 (within UK) or +44 330 3330 230 (outside the UK).

UCAS codes
  • The UCAS institution code for Heriot-Watt is H24*.
  • The programme codes you will need for your application are listed against each programme.
  • Programmes based at our Edinburgh Campus do not have a Campus Code.
  • Programmes based at our Scottish Borders Campus have the Campus Code S.

For Professional Education (Secondary) and Physics / Chemistry/Engineering Technologies and Professional Education Primary Sciences courses, apply using UCAS institution code S75 (University of Stirling).

Tracking your application

Once you’ve completed your application you can use the tracking service on the UCAS website called UCAS Track to keep up-to-date with your progress and reply to your offers.

Provided that you submitted your application to UCAS by 15 January, you should expect to receive all offers of study by 31 March (but it can sometimes take longer than this and universities have until the first week of May to make their decisions). UCAS will email you to advise if there has been a change to your application and ask you to check UCAS Track. If you haven't provided a valid email address UCAS will send you a letter asking you to reply to the offers.

Applications after the 15 January UCAS deadline

If you have not already submitted an application in this current cycle you can do so at UCAS Apply.

Alternatively, if you have already used all five choices on your UCAS application this year but are currently holding no offers, or if you choose to decline your offers or withdraw your choices, you will be eligible to apply through UCAS Extra.

International applicants (non EU)

All our undergraduate programmes are open to International applicants.

Applicants from England, Wales and Northern Ireland

All our undergraduate programmes are open to applicants from England, Wales or Northern Ireland who are classed as Rest of UK (RUK) for fees purposes.

Scottish and EU applicants

Places for Scottish and EU applicants are limited due to Scottish Government limits on the number of funded places available.  In line with our commitment to widening access to students from disadvantaged backgrounds priority will be given to Scottish applicants whose home address falls within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) 20% most deprived areas or those with care experience.

We recommend you check with the relevant Admissions Tutor for the degree programme you are applying to for more information about the availability of places as this may be subject to change.

Our response to your application

All applications to Heriot-Watt University are carefully considered by an Admissions Tutor or Admissions Administrator (a member of staff from the relevant programme area), whose job is to view applications. They will make one of the following offers or responses to you through UCAS:

  • an Unconditional offer, (you have achieved the entry requirements)
  • a Conditional offer (you need to achieve specified entry requirements before you are accepted)
  • regretfully inform you that your application has been unsuccessful this time. This does not prevent you from applying again in a subsequent year.

Responding to our offers

Advice on how to respond to the offers you receive will be provided to you by UCAS when you apply. We advise that you read this carefully, responding by the deadline stated.

Many candidates will receive dual offers for both first and second year entry. Although one of these will be the main offer, candidates who accept this may easily change their main offer to the alternative year once their results are known.

Interviews and visits to the University

Some subject areas may invite applicants to interview before an offer is made. In others, applicants who hold offers are invited to join a group applicant visit day to help you decide if you would like to accept your offer of a place at Heriot-Watt. The Education Liaison Service is pleased to arrange informal visits to the University for applicants and potential applicants on request.

All successful applicants are invited to visit the University (usually between January and April), in order to find out about their chosen programme and about the University more generally. It is also possible to visit us outside of the dates offered, or you can attend one of our open days.

Undergraduate Admissions Policy

You can refer to the Undergraduate Admissions Policy for more information about our applications and admissions processes.

Widening Access vacancies for Scottish applicants
  • Heriot-Watt University is committed to widening access to students from disadvantaged backgrounds and uses a contextual approach in our admissions procedures to enable us to select applicants with the greatest potential to succeed.
  • As part of our work on widening access, the Scottish Government has assigned a number of additional places to the University for students entering in 2018 whose home address is within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) 40% most deprived areas.
  • This initiative is aimed at further increasing the number of students who reside in key areas of underrepresentation in higher education taking up a place of study at the University.
  • If you are permanently resident in Scotland and interested in applying for any of our programmes, please contact the University on 0131 451 3784 so that we can advise if you are eligible to be considered for one of the additional SIMD 40% places. We will ask you for your postcode so that we can check to see if you live in one of the areas the Scottish Government has defined as being part of the above initiative. 
  • Find out more on how we support Wider Access students 
Heriot-Watt University High-Achievers Scheme for Rest of UK students

The University offers a ‘High-Achievers Scheme' for exceptional students.  This scheme is offered to applicants who have selected Heriot-Watt as one of their choices on their UCAS application. Applicants must have demonstrated strong academic ability in previous examinations, as well as impressing Admissions Tutors with their knowledge and skills, as detailed in their UCAS personal statement.    

Please note that this scheme is only available to applicants from England, Wales and Northern Ireland who are assessed by the University as Rest of UK' fee status.

To be eligible for the scheme, applicants will normally be predicted by their school or college to achieve results of at least two grades above the standard A-Level entry requirement or comparable level of achievement for other qualifications. 

Benefits of the High-Achievers Scheme 

Applicants can make their offer Unconditional when accepting Heriot-Watt University as their firm choice

We offer the opportunity for the applicant's offer to be made Unconditional based on accepting Heriot-Watt University as their firm choice on UCAS Track. 

A guaranteed ‘Go Global' study opportunity

Heriot-Watt University has one of the most international profiles of any UK University and we are keen to offer our students a truly global study experience. We can therefore offer High-Achievers a guaranteed place on our ‘Go Global' programme which offers Inter-Campus Transfers, Exchanges (including Erasmus+) and short-term global study options.  

The options available include: 

  • A semester or year abroad at our campuses in Dubai and Malaysia (where the same Heriot-Watt degree programme is offered). 
  • Study at one of our exchange partners throughout the world.
  • A short-term study option (e.g. for two weeks) at our campuses in Dubai or Malaysia or with a partner organisation/institution.

This also includes financial support in the form of a generous travel grant which can be used towards costs of a return flight and/or accommodation at our international campuses or exchange partners.   

Find out more about our ‘Go Global' programme.

Complimentary membership of Oriam

Complimentary membership of Oriam, Scotlands new Sports Performance Centre.  Oriam has state-of-the-art facilities and is home to the Scottish national rugby, football, basketball, handball and squash squads. Membership for enrolled students includes unlimited access to fitness suites with state of the art equipment, a complimentary induction and over 80 group exercise classes per week. 

Financial support to visit Heriot-Watt University 

Financial support of up to £50 to visit Heriot-Watt University on one of our Applicant Visit Days and experience one of our beautiful campuses. 

Please remember as well that all students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland (who are assessed with 'Rest of UK' fee status) are offered generous financial assistance through scholarships and bursaries.

Apply to our Dubai or Malaysia Campus

How to apply to the Dubai Campus

How to apply to the Malaysia Campus