Schools & institutes
Heriot-Watt University is organised into six Schools, each of which provides academic programmes that reflect our emphasis on professional courses which prepare students for graduate level employment. Within each programme there are a number of different courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level (except for the Edinburgh Business School and the Institute of Petroleum Engineering which are exclusively postgraduate). The University is recognised internationally as a centre of high calibre research in science, engineering and business and we believe that this high level of performance in research has a direct bearing on the quality of our taught courses.
The School of the Built Environment has an excellent national and international research reputation, as the leading Built Environment research institution in Scotland, and one of the top in the UK. The School's research opportunities relevant to sustaining and developing the built environment are described in full, with further information on the opportunities for funded PhD scholarships within these groups. Staff profiles, further information for staff and students and a log-in facility to the Virtual Learning Environment providing tailored on-line access to learning materials, collaborative areas, forums, electronic submission of assignments are also available here.
The School of Engineering and Physical Sciences is built around the established subjects of chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical, electronic and computer engineering, chemistry and physics, and our courses are designed to meet the needs of students and their future employers, offering the highest degree of flexibility and choice within the wide range of topics available. The School enjoys an international reputation for its research and its close connection with the professional and industrial world of science, engineering and technology, reflecting the importance that the University attaches to the quality of its teaching, research and student support.
The School of Life Sciences prides itself on providing a friendly and supportive learning environment. There are rigorous teaching programmes in Biological Sciences and in Applied Psychology. Life Sciences at Heriot-Watt University also includes the International Centre for Brewing and Distilling, and the Centre for Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology. Staff profiles and further information for staff and students are also available here.
The School has four programme areas: Accountancy and Finance; Economics; Languages and Intercultural Studies; and Management. The School is one of the largest in the University and is based at the Edinburgh, Scottish Borders (Galashiels) and Dubai campuses. Staff details and further information for staff and students are also available here.
The School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences (MACS), provides advanced learning in the core skills required for science, technology and commerce. Students can study specialist modules that prepare them for careers in finance and the actuarial profession, artificial intelligence, and multimedia systems. Research has been independently assessed as being of international or national excellence whilst the School's master's courses attract students from across the globe. Staff profiles and further information for staff and students are also available here.
The School of Textiles and Design specialises in the education of professionals and practitioners in the textile and clothing industry leading to exciting and diverse opportunities in a world-wide industry, as textile and fashion are fundamental to modern society and culture. The School is one of the oldest textile schools in the world and you can find details of our school structure, staff contacts, research activities and industrial placements here.
The Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University specialises in teaching, training and research, and has the largest petroleum engineering research programme in the UK. The Institute's Orkney-based International Centre for Island Technology (ICIT) was established to carry out advanced research, postgraduate training and consultancy in marine resource management and related issues. Staff details and further information for staff and students are available here.
At Edinburgh Business School our main focus is the provision of applied management programmes to individual students and major corporations. We value intellectual energy and commitment, and stress that our students gain applied skills that will make a real difference to their careers and to their organizations. Details of our flexible learning arrangements, English, Chinese, Spanish and Arabic language options, and testimonials from our graduates are available here. In addition, our current students have access to study resources, electronic texts and interactive facilities.