Heriot-Watt University is celebrating the 200th anniversary of its founding roots in Scotland in 1821, which created the world’s first mechanics institute in the heart of Edinburgh.
Throughout this year, there will be an extensive programme of events and debates across its campuses, and online, offering something for everyone to take part in and enjoy.
We are ranked in the top 60 of Golden Age Universities in the world.
THE Golden Age University Rankings 2018
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.
You will become highly employable
95% of Heriot-Watt students are in employment or further study within six months of graduation and we are ranked joint 17th in the UK and 1st in Scotland for graduate salaries. (TheTimes/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019).
The very nature of a Heriot-Watt education 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
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 301st in the world (QS World University Rankings 2019/20) and 29th in the UK (The Complete University Guide 2021).
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 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, with around a third of our students coming from outside the UK.
You will develop life-long connections
By choosing Heriot-Watt you will join a community of over 27,000 students and an alumni network of over 135,000 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.