Heriot-Watt University Dubai

Heriot-Watt University is the first overseas university to be established in the Dubai International Academic City, UAE. Known globally for its excellence in imparting education, it was first established in the UK over 180 years ago. The University offers a range of master’s degree programs in exciting and diverse disciplines and is home to the reputed Edinburgh Business School MBA.

  • Average Tuition AED 81,900
  • Students 3,322
  • Total Annual Cost AED 136,400
  • Intakes Fall Spring
  • Application Deadline rolling
  • Campus Setting City

School Description

The Heriot-Watt University Dubai campus offers 40 master’s degree courses in exciting and diverse disciplines such as Petroleum Engineering, Construction Project Management, Management, Energy and Information Technology. The courses include research programs, taught by permanent Dubai-based faculty members as well as by visiting experts in key fields. 

The University also provides an exclusive network of over 77,000 alumni working in top positions around the world. Students become a part of this valuable network via the Watt Club, which offers free life-long membership to all students. Every Heriot-Watt program is driven by research-informed principles and experienced teachers, ensuring students are well-informed and work-ready. The University also maintains strong links to business and industry, which keeps the course material relevant and current. The University maintains the same standards as the UK campuses.

  • 01The University offers intercampus transfers and student exchange programs between its five international locations in UK, UAE and Malaysia.
  • 02The University’s Watt Club offers an exclusive network of over 116,000 alumni worldwide.
  • 03All programs are accredited and approved by Royal Charter in the UK.

Master Programs

  • Dubai International Academic City - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

    Artificial Intelligence

    AED 81,900 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the conceptual and practical knowledge of the principles of Artificial Intelligence. The program offers courses that focus on the study of the research methods and project planning management control systems; personnel information systems; data storage and security; business systems networking; report preparation; computer facilities and big data management.

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    Business Administration

    AED 111,000 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of Business Administration. The program offers courses that focus on the study of management theory; human resource management and behavior; accounting, purchasing, and logistics; organization and production; marketing; and business decision-making.

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    Business Information Management

    AED 81,900 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of topics related to business; management; finance; database and information systems; digital and knowledge economy; information systems methodologies; research methods and project planning students can specialize in e-commerce, online learning and IT project management.

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    Business Psychology

    AED 81,900 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Business Psychology. The program offers courses that focus on applications of psychology, and principles of counseling and therapy while increasing productivity, managing talent, and dealing with conflict, stress, and change.

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    Business Psychology with Coaching

    AED 81,900 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Business principles and techniques. The program offers courses that focus on the study of the fundamentals of business, like buying, selling and producing products; business organization; and accounting.

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    Business Strategy, Leadership and Change

    AED 75,600 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the leadership skills required in a business, government, non-profit, or educational setting. The program offers courses that focus on the study of organizational planning; the dynamics of leadership; team building; conflict resolution and mediation; communication; and other management skills.

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    Civil Engineering and Construction Management

    AED 81,900 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of Civil Engineering. The program offers courses that focus on the study of creating and maintaining structures; geotechnics; materials science; and statistical analysis; construction contracting; construction processes and techniques; organization and scheduling; and applicable codes and regulations.

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    Commercial Management and Quantitative Surveying

    AED 75,600 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of topics related to business; management; finance; economics; value and risk management; construction technology; construction financial management and quantity surveying financial management.

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    Computer System Management

    AED 81,900 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of topics related to business; management; finance; economics; value and risk management; construction technology; construction financial management and quantity surveying financial management.

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    Construction Project Management

    AED 75,600 Tuition Fee

    This program prepares students to efficiently and effectively manage, coordinate, and supervise the construction process from the concept development through the project completion. The program offers courses that focus on the study of project planning; risk management; cost and time management; contracts and procurement; accounting and statistics; decision making; and human resources. 

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    Data Science

    AED 81,900 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the conceptual and practical knowledge of Data Science. The program offers courses that focus on the study of artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, the blockchain, and big data.

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    Energy

    AED 81,900 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Energy. The program offers courses that focus on basic engineering principles and how they connect to the environment, engineering thermodynamics, the fundamentals of process engineering and chemistry.

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    Engineering

    AED 76,000 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of Engineering. The program offers courses that focus on the study of mathematical, scientific and technological principles in reference to the design of engines, machines, structures, and electrical systems.

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    Facilities Management

    AED 75,600 Tuition Fee

    This program prepares students to efficiently and effectively manage, coordinate, and supervise the construction process from the concept development through the project completion. The program offers courses that focus on the study of facilities management; project planning; budgeting and cost control; logistics and materials management; personnel management and labor relations; site safety; construction contracting; construction processes and techniques; organization and scheduling; and applicable codes and regulations.

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    Finance

    AED 75,600 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the principles of Finance. The program offers courses that focus on the study of core business disciplines such as management, accounting, and marketing.

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    Finance and Management

    AED 75,600 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the principles of Finance and Management. The program offers courses that focus on the study of core business disciplines such as management, accounting, and marketing.

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    Information Technology (Software Systems)

    AED 81,900 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with theoretical and practical knowledge of the principles of Computer Applications. The program offers courses that focus on the study of basic computer design and architecture; programming; challenges of specific computer applications; component and system maintenance; inspection procedures; hardware and software problem diagnosis and repair; and report preparation.

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    Information Technology Management

    AED 81,900 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Information Technology Management. The program offers courses that focus on the study of the management of data systems and related facilities for processing and retrieving internal business information; cost and accounting information systems; management control systems; personnel information systems; data storage and security; business systems networking; report preparation; computer facilities; equipment operation and maintenance; operator supervision and training; and management information systems policy and planning.

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    Interior Architecture

    AED 75,600 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge required to pursue a higher education or career in Interior Architecture. The program offers courses that focus on the study of architectural design, history, and theory; building structures and environmental systems; project and site planning; construction; and professional responsibilities.

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    International Accounting and Finance

    AED 75,600 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the principles of Accounting and Finance. The program offers courses that focus on the study of core business disciplines such as management, accounting, and marketing.

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    International Business Management - Finance

    AED 75,600 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of topics related to business; management; finance; economics; marketing; customers operations; communication; information technology; business policy; and strategy.

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    International Business Management - HR

    AED 75,600 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the proper management and strategic approach required to recruit, train, develop and sustain employees in an organization along with human resource management.

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    International Business Management with Marketing

    AED 75,600 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of marketing research and consumer behavior. The program offers courses that focus on the study of demand analysis; profit relationships; pricing theory; marketing campaigns and strategic planning; market segments; advertising methods; and sales operations and management.

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    International Fashion Marketing

    AED 75,600 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of marketing research and consumer behavior. The program offers courses that focus on the study of demand analysis; profit relationships; pricing theory; marketing campaigns and strategic planning; advertising methods within the fashion industry.

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    International Marketing Management - Digital Marketing

    AED 75,600 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of marketing research and consumer behavior. The program offers courses that focus on the study of demand analysis; profit relationships; strategic marketing; branding and communications and advances in digital marketing

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    Investment Management

    AED 75,600 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of topics related to business; management; finance; economics; marketing; customers operations; communication; information technology; business policy; and strategy.

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    Lean Six Sigma for Operational Excellence

    AED 75,600 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of topics related to business; management; finance; economics; marketing; customers operations; communication; business policy; and strategic business management and organizational behavior.

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    Logistics and Supply Chain Management

    AED 75,600 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the principles of Supply Chain Management. The program offers courses that focus on the study of logistics planning; acquisitions and purchasing; inventory control; storage and handling; manufacturing; shipping and delivery management; transportation; quality control; resource estimation and allocation; and budgeting. This program is available with an emphasis on Lean Six Sigma.

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    Network Security

    AED 81,900 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the principles of Network Security. The program offers courses that focus on the study of the techniques used to identify, search, seize and analyze digital media; cyber investigations against criminal and terrorist activities; computer boot processes and drives; jumper setting; file access and reconstruction; hacking; network systems; cryptography; programming; web-based investigation methods; cyberterrorism and applicable laws and administrative procedures.

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    Operations Management

    AED 75,600 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of topics related to business; management; finance; economics; marketing; customers operations; global purchasing and supply operations management and strategies for managing supply chains.

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    Petroleum Engineering

    AED 132,300 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of Petroleum Engineering. The program offers courses that focus on the study of mathematical and scientific principles in the design, development and operational evaluation of systems for locating, extracting, processing and refining crude petroleum and natural gas.

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    Real Estate Investment and Finance

    AED 75,600 Tuition Fee

    This program enables students to successfully manage development projects, proactively shape a business environment, and analyze variables that contribute to challenges and innovation. The program offers courses that focus on the study of real estate economics; real estate developmental and estate investment analysis. 

  • Dubai International Academic City - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

    Real Estate Management and Development

    AED 75,600 Tuition Fee

    This program enables students to successfully manage development projects, proactively shape a business environment, and analyze variables that contribute to challenges and innovation. The program offers courses that focus on the study of architectural design and construction; historic preservation; landscape architecture; urban planning and design; business; real estate; zoning laws; public policy; and engineering.

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    Renewable Energy Engineering

    AED 81,900 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Renewable Energy Engineering. The program offers courses that focus on basic engineering principles and how they connect to the environment, renewable energy technologies; demand Management and energy storage.

  • Dubai International Academic City - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

    Software Engineering

    AED 81,900 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Software Engineering. The program offers courses that focus on the study of the application of scientific and mathematical principles to the design, analysis, verification, validation, implementation, and maintenance of computer software systems.

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Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA 2.50
  • Minimum incoming IELTS 6.50
  • GRE Not required
  • GMAT Not required

Accreditations

    Financial Aid & Scholarship

    The University offers a number of scholarships. These include an Alumni Scholarship on joining a Heriot-Watt postgraduate program, and 5 Edinburgh Business School scholarships for full-time and part-time MBA students.

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    Other Information

    Established in 2005

    Other

    The University is ranked at 312 internationally by the QS World University Rankings 2017/18 and also counted among the 30 best universities in the UK in The Guardian University League Table 2018.

    The Location

    Dubai International Academic City - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

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      • Testimony
        2008-2011, Master stratgic project managment

        best education experience ever

        I was and still very proud to get my master degree from Heriot watt , were I find my self made a big move to get such degree from such university, wasn't easy one .. and I'm working on applying to my doctoral degree with it , coz I want to keep my work on this high standard .

      • Testimony
        1989-1994, PhD

        Global reputation for excellent graduates!

        I graduated with a doctorate from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh in 1994. The world-wide recognition of this University has increased significantly. My experience with the Department of Building was excellent. The supervision I received and the research environment generally provided me with a fantastic foundation on which to build my academic career.

      • Testimony
        2013-2017, Master's Degree

        HWU - Executive's choice to keep up to Technical Education Needs

        I have find it convenient and learned a lot during my first semester in Master in Petroleum Engineering. Now I am continuing with second semester and I really like the way the program is designed and student learning is tested.