Heriot-Watt University

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

No. Students: 11,800
Funding type: Public
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* A distinctive institution

With a history dating back to 1821, Heriot-Watt University has established a reputation for world class teaching and practical, leading edge research, which has made us one of the top UK universities for business and industry.

We're a vibrant, forward-looking university, well known for the quality of our degrees with employers actively seeking out our graduates.

* A highly rated student experience

Studying at Heriot-Watt you'll benefit from high quality teaching and learning, established links to potential employers, modern facilities and excellent support services.

You'll join a friendly student community on a beautiful, parkland campus with easy access to the world renown city of Edinburgh.

We pride ourselves on the student experience we offer and were ranked UK University of the Year for Student Experience 2012/13 in the Sunday Times University Guide.

* Your successful future

We think you'll find your time at Heriot-Watt a life-changing, intellectually challenging, career-boosting experience. Our degrees are highly regarded for their relevance to the world of work and employers actively seek out our graduates. Studying here will be a unique and special time in your life that will help you into a successful future.

* Friendly campus community

At Heriot-Watt you'll find a really friendly, welcoming community on campus. It's easy to get to know people here and it's very convenient: everything is within easy reach.

We've excellent facilities, including fantastic sports amenities, while Edinburgh offers social, cultural and leisure opportunities which are second to none.

We're not just located in Edinburgh either, we have campuses in the Scottish Borders, Orkney, Dubai and Malaysia.

* High quality teaching & learning

Heriot-Watt provides a distinctive education. We're focused on quality, committed to teaching innovation and our programmes are highly regarded and relevant to the needs of business and industry.

You'll learn from expert teachers and world class researchers who are focused on providing you with a first rate education and preparing you for a professional career.

* International outlook

You'll find our dynamic international focus provides opportunities to make contacts around the world.

We have a cosmopolitan mix of students and are often referred to as Scotland's International University as one in three of our on-campus students come from outside the UK.

We've a campus in Dubai and have around 12,000 students studying Heriot-Watt programmes in their own countries.

Our first premises opens to students in Malaysia in early 2013 while our new campus is under development and will open in 2014.


A distinctive institution
With a history dating back to 1821, Heriot-Watt University has established a reputation for world-class teaching and practical, leading-edge research, which has made us one of the top UK universities for business and industry.

We're a vibrant, forward-looking university, well known for the quality of our degrees with employers actively seeking out our graduates.

Heriot-Watt is also Scotland's most international university with an unsurpassed international in-country presence. We deliver degree programmes to 11,800 students in 150 countries around the world, have a campus in Dubai, a new one opening in Malaysia and boast the largest international student cohort in Scotland.

Leading thinking

We are committed to continuous improvement and development in all our activity. Our focus is on responding to the changing needs of business, industry and society and finding solutions to the global challenges of the 21st century.

Building on established expertise in key, specialist areas, our aim is to produce the next generation of leaders and thinkers who make a difference in the world.

We are already leading the way in areas as varied as energy, the environment and climate change, risk and modelling, infrastructure and transport, and the interface between life and physical sciences.

Fulfilling potential

At Heriot-Watt we've created an environment that nurtures innovation and leadership - where our researchers, staff and students can realise their potential and develop their ambitions.

We're proud of our collegiate atmosphere and integrated teaching and research approach which has helped to build a community of committed academics and highly motivated students. Our focus on careers delivers results and we've an excellent reputation for graduate employability.

We have campuses in Edinburgh, the Scottish Borders, Orkney, Dubai and Malaysia where we aim to provide stimulating, supportive environments conducive to effective learning and research, and where staff and students can excel.


Student support
Coming to university is one of the biggest moves you'll ever make. The years ahead will be fun, exciting and fulfilling but there may be times when you'll need some help and advice. We have a range of support services with friendly, approachable staff that are there to listen and provide you with the advice, support and information you need throughout your time at with us.

Student Support is an important first port of call for practical advice and support on all kinds of issues including settling into university life, money, accommodation, disability and personal safety. We can also help if you get into difficulties by providing support and counselling to make sure you get the most out of your time at Heriot-Watt.

Disability Service

Our campuses are modern and well equipped for those of you who have a disability or special need. If you have disclosed a disability prior to the start of your course, staff in the the Disability Service will meet with you to provide ongoing professional advice and support throughout your time at University.

The Disability Service can provide support and advice with study skills if you have a specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia, in addition to assistive technology to help students overcome any barriers to learning.
Each School within the University has at least one contact staff member who has particular responsibilities for disabled students. The Disability Adviser liaises regularly with these staff members and also with mentors and tutors to co-ordinate the support for all disabled.

Careers Advisory Service

The Universitys award winning Careers Advisory Service provides one of the most extensive and comprehensive careers education and professional development programmes of any higher education institution in the UK. The Careers Advisory Service can also help you to find part-time work and vacation employment.

Student life

It's a big decision to go to university and being a student is about more than furthering your education. It's a pivotal time in your life and you'll want to make the most of it.

Heriot-Watt offers a great student experience from the quality of our degrees and learning opportunities, to our campus environments, range of facilities and social scene.

You'll meet others who share your interests and people from all over the world, discover new sports and activities, and make lifelong friends. And we'll support you all the way, through a range of services and facilities that will ensure you can make the best of your time as a student.

We think you'll find student life at Heriot-Watt stimulating, interesting and full of new opportunities, whether you study at our Edinburgh, Galashiels, Orkney, Dubai or Malaysia campus.

Our campuses offer a great student experience. You'll meet others who share your interests and people from all over the world, discover new sports and activities, and make lifelong friends. And we'll support you all the way, through a range of services and facilities that will help you make the best of your time as a student.

Edinburgh: inspiring capital
It's one of the world's great cities and renowned as a centre of learning and discovery; studying here is a stimulating and inspirational experience.

Edinburgh offers a unique city environment. It's culturally diverse, historically significant, socially alive, environmentally aware, politically central and visually stunning.

A great city for student life

Edinburgh is a great city for student life. Students make up one fifth of the city's population, so you'll find a huge choice of places to hang out with friends and meet new people, and plenty of amenities catering for diverse interests and tastes.

There's a wide range of live music in local pubs to major venues, a diverse club scene with something on every night and numerous bars and cafes for socialising.

The city also boasts excellent shops, including independent retailers, retro and second hand stores and there's a wide range of theatres, galleries and museums.

And of course Edinburgh is world-famous for its festivals, devoted to theatre, film, books, music, science and politics, which attract 1.4 million visitors to the city each year.

The perfect night out

Edinburgh is the UK's place to visit for the perfect night out' according to an Amstel/Virgin Radio poll. We think that's due to the huge choice of venues, restaurants, pubs and clubs on offer.

There are around 400 pubs, from 'Old World' to contemporary designer bars; the club scene offers a full spectrum of sounds (techno, indie, house, electro, hip-hop and soul) provided by resident and international guest DJs; there's a huge range of places to eat and a wide variety of cultural opportunities and arts events taking place, from the high brow to the low key.

City of sport

Edinburgh is also a city for sport. You'll find athletics at Meadowbank Stadium, swimming at the Commonwealth Pool, two top Scottish Premier League football teams, world-class rugby at Murrayfield, skiing and snowboarding at Hillend, climbing at The Edinburgh International Climbing Arena and an array of top golf clubs.

Green spaces

To top it all, Edinburgh is lucky to have significant and magnificent green spaces: the impressive extinct volcano, Arthur's Seat, and its associated park, lie at the heart of the city. If that wasn't enough, Edinburgh has 112 public parks and more trees per person than any other British city.

You're also within easy striking distance of some of the world's most beautiful wild landscapes, from the Trossachs in the west and the Highlands in the north, to the Borders in the south.

Plus, the weather is fair and temperate; the same annual rainfall as Rome and New York, which you might not expect from a Scottish city!

Stunning architecture

The centre of Edinburgh has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status in recognition of its stunning urban landscape in the medieval Old Town and the Georgian New Town. In addition, the city encompasses some striking modern architecture including the parliament building and the Museum of Scotland.

Master's Programmes at Heriot-Watt University

School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences

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