Documentation to explain and support the University's approval procedures for programmes, courses and modules is collected here. Proposals for programmes, courses and modules which are being introduced, modified or withdrawn have to go to the Undergraduate/Postgraduate Studies Committee for approval or notification. The approval process is indicated together with the paperwork required and the information that is added to ISS. Schools can approve certain modifications without having to put forward a proposal in particular circumstances.
Clearing takes place every year between July and September and allows you to apply for undergraduate courses which have not yet been filled. Undergraduate course vacancies at Heriot-Watt are advertised on our Clearing page and will be updated regularly as applications are received and places filled.
If your first language is not English, it is important that you gain an acceptable English language qualification before joining one of our courses. We offer a range of flexible, student-centred, innovative courses for students preparing to study undergraduate or postgraduate degrees and for professional teachers and interpreters. The courses are delivered by our School of Management and Languages.
Heriot-Watt University offers a welcoming approach and a superb environment for postgraduate study and top-level research. Our web prospectus can guide you through our full taught course and research options with details of fees and financial support options and scholarships. You can complete your application online or print out a form to complete with the help of our guidance notes.
Postgraduate teaching and research in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences is organised by our Graduate School. The School comprises nearly 200 research-active academic staff and research associates, working with around 600 postgraduate research students and students on advanced level courses. The School spans the boundaries between the traditionally distinct academic disciplines of: chemical engineering; chemistry; electrical, electronic and computer engineering; mechanical engineering; and physics. This diversity reflects the interdisciplinary nature of research and associated industries, taking full advantage of the interactions between science and engineering.
The School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences (MACS) brings together the programmes of Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics, Computer Science and Mathematics, within which are offered a wide variety of postgraduate taught courses and an array of relevant and innovative research options. MACS is highly rated for the quality of its research and teaching. In addition, the School has myriad links to international industry and offers excellent pathways into the many fascinating careers open to Mathematics and Computer Science specialists. The community of high-quality postgraduate students numbers about 300, over half of whom are from outside the UK.
The continued and growing demand for the exploitation of subsurface oil and gas resources means that Heriot-Watt remains committed to the development and delivery of training and research programmes relevant to the needs of the international petroleum industry. Education and training are provided through taught Masters degree courses and through supervised research for the degrees of MPhil and PhD. Research activity was awarded the highest (5*) Grade in the most recent government Research Assessment Exercise, confirming 10 years of internationally rated performance. We have also been awarded an 'exemplary' rating by the QAA for our teaching.
Our evolving and well established portfolio of postgraduate taught courses as well as full details of the postgraduate research opportunities available can be viewed here. The School of the Built Environment's on-going commitment to high quality and innovative research has been recognised with a high ranking in the last two UK government Research Assessment Exercises (RAE). We are one of only seven built environment Schools in the UK, and the only one in Scotland to receive an RAE Grade 5 rating in both 1996 and 2001.
The School of Life Sciences offers postgraduate taught courses in brewing and distilling, food science, and marine and environmental studies, full details of which can be viewed here. Distance learning options for a number of programmes are also available. The Marine Technology Educational Consortium (MTEC), a collaboration of six UK universities recognised by industry for their excellence in marine technology education and research, is now offering an EPSRC Masters training package in Marine Technology with degree programmes available in seven technology areas. Course particulars can be viewed here.
We offer taught postgraduate programmes in Accounting, Banking, Finance, Business Management, European Studies, Translating and Interpreting (European languages, Arabic and Chinese), Strategic Project Planning and Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Graduate education is regarded as an essential component of a research culture and at the more advanced levels, results and findings from research being undertaken in our specialist research centres feed through into our MSc teaching, providing an invaluable synergy. The School's new Management and European Studies Research Unit, which houses a dedicated MSc computing lab, will allow further development of links between research and postgraduate teaching within the School.