Why study at Heriot-Watt?

Why choose us?

As one of the most progressive and international institutions based in Scotland, you will have the opportunity to thrive, both personally and academically during your time with us.

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You will learn from world leading academics

Our learning environment seeks to offer you the very best in terms of study programmes which apply knowledge to real world challenges. We are ranked 302nd worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2018/19) and 35th in the UK (The Complete University Guide 2020). We are top 10 in the UK and 1st in Scotland for research impact (REF 2014).

We offer help to finance your studies

Each year we enable hundreds of students to enhance their educational experience through a variety of Heriot-Watt and externally funded Scholarships and bursaries, including opportunities funded by the University's generous Alumni community, based all over the globe.

You will become globally connected

We encourage you to see the world, then change it. We have 5 campuses and 150 learning partners around the world. Many of our students get the chance to transfer their study to our campuses in Dubai and Malaysia through our Go Global inter campus exchange programme. We are also one of Scotland's most international universities, so there are plenty of opportunities to meet the world at our UK campuses too.

You will become highly employable

The very nature of a Heriot-Watt research-informed education, underpinned by our values, ensures you will have the opportunity to develop leadership skills and confidence to be specialists in your chosen fields and professions. Global companies actively seek out our graduates as they are work ready. This is why more than 95% of our students are in graduate-level jobs or further study six months after completing their programme.

You will develop life-long connections

When you join Heriot-Watt you become part of a global family. We have over 116,000 alumni worldwide. The Watt Club was founded in 1854 and is the oldest graduate club in the UK. Lifetime membership is automatic upon graduation from Heriot-Watt, and is free to all graduates of the University.