Our rankings

Heriot-Watt consistently achieves high ranking across a number of key university league tables:


Times Higher Education 'Table of Tables'

THE's 'Table of Tables' is the combined results of the three main UK university league tables - the Good University Guide (published by The Times and The Sunday Times), The Guardian and The Complete University Guide.

  • In the Table of Tables 2015: Heriot-Watt is placed 25th in the UK - rising from 28th the previous year

View the Times Higher Education Table of Tables


Guardian University Guide 2016

View the Guardian University league table

  • Ranked 18th in the UK and 2nd in Scotland
  • 2nd in UK for Civil Engineering
  • 3rd in UK for Electronic and Electrical Engineering and Accounting and Finance
  • Top 20 in the UK for: Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science & Information Systems, Business, Management and Marketing and Chemical Engineering.
National Student Survey 2015

The National Student Survey (NSS) is a survey which gathers honest feedback from final year undergraduates, studying full time.

  • 28th place in the UK and joint third in Scotland, with St Andrews
  • Nearly nine out of ten (89%) of Heriot-Watt final year full time degree students are satisfied overall with their experience
  • Ranked in the top ten UK universities for five subjects, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Marketing and Building, based on overall satisfaction score and/or average percentage agree
  • First in Scotland for Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Languages, Linguistics, Marketing, Design Studies, Building and Civil Engineering 

All NSS data is available on the Unistats website

Times Higher Education - '100 Under 50' World University Ranking 2015
  • 77th in the world, 10th the UK
  • 11th in the world and first in Scotland, based on the 'international outlook' indicator from THE World University Rankings. This indicator examines a university’s international student numbers, its percentage of international staff and the proportion of its research papers published with a co-author from at least one other country.

View the THE 100 under 50 universities 2015 rankings

Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015
  • Overall, 41st out of 123 institutions and 5th in Scotland
  • Top ten in the UK for Chemical Engineering, General Engineering,  Building, Town & Country Planning and Landscape and Food Science
  • Top in Scotland for Chemical Engineering, General Engineering and Town & Country Planning and Landscape, and top 3 in Scotland for: Building, Economics, Food Science, Mechanical Engineering, Business Studies, Civil Engineering and Electrical & Electronic Engineering.
  • Ranked 15th in the UK for highest starting salary within six months of graduation with our graduates starting on average of £23, 285.

View the Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide league table 2015

The Complete University Guide 2016
  • 37th in the UK and 4th in Scotland
  • Top ten in the UK for Building, Chemical Engineering, Town & Country Planning, Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Civil Engineering.
  • We are ranked in the top 25 for a further 6 subjects: Accounting & Finance, Art & Design, Business & Management Studies, Economics, Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering

View the Complete University Guide league table 2016

QS World's Top Universities
  • We rank 352nd in the world and 40th in UK
  • This places us in the top 4% of universities globally, based on approximately 10,000 universities in the world.

    View the QS World University Rankings 2014/15

QS Top 50 under 50 2014

A ranking of the world's top 50 universities established within the last 50 years.

  • 47th in the world, 3rd in the UK and 1st in Scotland.

View the QS Top 50 under 50 2014

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015
  • Top 150 worldwide for Civil and Structural Engineering 
  • Top 200 worldwide for Chemical Engineering and Statistics & Operational Research
  • Top 300 worldwide for Mathematics and Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Top 400 worldwide for Physics

View the QS Top University Rankings by Subject 2015