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Our rankings

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


Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-16
  • Ranked 5th in the UK and 2nd in Scotland for industry income, based on the value of industry research income per member of academic staff.
  • 46th in the world,17th in the UK and 2nd in Scotland for our international outlook, a score based on the percentage of the university's international staff, the level of international co-authorship of academic papers and the percentage of international students studying with the University.

View the Times Higher Education World University Rankings

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 27th in the UK and 3rd in Scotland

View the Times Higher Education Table of Tables

Guardian University Guide 2017

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  • Ranked 27th in the UK and 4th in Scotland
  • 2nd in UK for Building and Town & Country Planning 
  • 3rd in UK for Accounting and Finance
  • Top 10 in the UK for Economics, Physics and Fashion & Textiles.
  • 1st in Scotland for Accounting & Finance, Building and Town & Country Planning, Economics, and Mechanical Engineering
  • ​2nd in Scotland for six subjects: Business Management & Marketing, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Fashion & Textiles, Modern Languages & Linguistics, and Physics.
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 2016
  • Overall, 38th out of 127 institutions in the UK and 5th in Scotland
  • Top ten in the UK for Chemical Engineering, General Engineering, Mechancial Engineering, Building and  Art & Design 
  • Top in Scotland for Building, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Town & Country Planning and Landscape, and top 3 in Scotland for: Art & Design, General Engineering and German.
  • Ranked 20th in the UK and 4th in Scotland for highest starting salary within six months of graduation with our graduates starting on average of £22,772.


The Complete University Guide 2017
  • 34th in the UK and 4th in Scotland
  • Top ten in the UK for Building, Chemical Engineering, Art & Design and Town & Country Planning
  • We are ranked in the top 25 for : Accounting & Finance, Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering
  • Within Scotland we are 1st for Building and Town & Country Planning and 2nd for Art & Design

View the Complete University Guide league table 2017


QS World's University Rankings 2015/16
  • We rank 318th in the world, 42nd in UK and 7th in Scotland
  • This places us in the top 4% of universities globally, based on approximately 10,000 universities in the world
  • The University was also ranked in the world's top ten for our proportion of international students, and in the UK top ten for our proportion of international faculty.

View the QS World University Rankings 2015/16


QS Top 50 under 50 2015

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

  • 34th in the world, 3rd in the UK and 1st in Scotland.

View the QS Top 50 under 50 2015

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016
  • Top 50 worldwide for Mineral & Mining Engineering (34th in the world)
  • Top 150 worldwide for Civil & Structural Engineering
  • Ranked in the top universities worldwide for eight subjects: Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Civil & Structural Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mineral & Mining Engineering, Computer Science & Information Systems, Mathematics and Physics & Astronomy.

View the QS Top University Rankings by Subject 2016.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

REF 2014 named Heriot-Watt in the top 25% of UK universities, with 82% of our research ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent. We ranked 9th university in the UK and 1st in Scotland for research impact.

Find out more about our REF 2014 results.