Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt University, located in Edinburgh, Scotland, is one of the top UK universities for business and industry. The University offers undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society; Engineering and Physical Sciences; Life Sciences; Management and Languages; Mathematical and Computer Sciences; and Textiles and Design.

  • Average Tuition GBP 18,000
  • Students 9,000
  • International Students 33%
  • Total Annual Cost GBP 29,400
  • Intakes Fall
  • Application Deadline rolling
  • Campus Setting City

School Description

Heriot-Watt University’s history dates back to 1821 when the School of Arts of Edinburgh was established by Scottish businessman Leonard Horner. In 1852, the school changed its name Watt Institution and School of Arts and shortly after, in 1855, to Heriot-Watt College in honor of George Heriot (philanthropist and financier to King James) and James Watt, (inventor and engineer in 18th century). Over the years Heriot-Watt University has grown tremendously and established a reputation for world-class teaching and practical, leading-edge research, making it one of the top UK universities for business and industry.

Today Heriot-Watt is recognized internationally as a centre for high calibre research in science, engineering and business. With 5 campuses: 3 in the UK - Edinburgh, Scottish Borders and Orkney - 1 in Dubai and 1 in Malaysia, Heriot-Watt deliver degree programs to 31,000 students globally; it also boasts the largest international student cohort in Scotland. Some of its notable alumni include, Dame Muriel Spark, award-winning Scottish novelist; Sarah Boyack, former Minister for Transport of Scotland and Tammy Kane, Co-founder of the Christopher Kane fashion label.

  • 01Heriot-Watt is ranked among the UK's top 40 universities based on the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018.
  • 02More than 400 Heriot-Watt students benefit from scholarship awards every year.
  • 0395% of Heriot-Watt students are employed or pursuing further studies, six months after graduation.

Master Programs

  • Edinburgh Campus, Edinburgh EH14 4AS, United Kingdom

    Artificial Intelligence

    GBP 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 more
  • Edinburgh Campus, Edinburgh EH14 4AS, United Kingdom

    Petroleum Engineering

    GBP 27,600 Tuition Fee
    The School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society at Heriot-Watt University's UK campus in Edinburgh offers a one-year-long, full-time, Master of Science degree program in Petroleum Engineering. This program more


  • Times World University Rankings
    Times World University Rankings 301
  • QS Rankings (Global)
    QS Rankings (Global) 302
  • SchoolApply Ranking
    SchoolApply Ranking 234
  • The Guardian
    The Guardian 61
  • ARWU - Shanghai Ranking
    ARWU - Shanghai Ranking 401
  • Complete University Guide (UK)
    Complete University Guide (UK) 35

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA 3.00
  • Minimum incoming TOEFL iBT 90
  • Minimum incoming IELTS 6.50
  • GRE Not required
  • GMAT Not required
  • Minimum PTE 58


    Financial Aid & Scholarship

    International students can be eligible for numerous scholarships including: Syrian Refugee, Royal Academy of Engineering Leaders, Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan, Malaysian International, India, and Local Education Authority Awards, among others. 

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    Other Information

    Established in 1821


    The Location

    Edinburgh Campus, Edinburgh EH14 4AS, United Kingdom

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      • Testimony
        2013-2014, Master of Science

        HWU is giving opprotunity for a better future

        I've awarded Master of Science, Construction Project Management (M.Sc-CPM) from HWU and I'm really proud of that and I've been promoted to a Senior Resident Engineer .I enjoyed the study, communication and the most important achievement is the change in way of thinking and decision making.

      • 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
        2012-2013, Master of Science

        Heriot-Watt University is school with high class teaching environment, and Labs for preparing a student for the industry. It is know as one the best schools in Research, Petroleum engineering , Information Technology ,Business course and many more areas in academics. I will recommend this great institution to anyone interested in improving his or her career.