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World-class research

We are recognised across the world for our leadership on critical global issues and pioneering research focused on the needs of business and industry

  1. World-class research

World-class research

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 named Heriot-Watt in the top 25% of UK universities, with 82% of our research ranked as world-class. We ranked 9th university in the UK and 1st in Scotland for research impact.

Our REF results firmly place us alongside the UK’s best in our core disciplines of science and engineering, business and management, languages and design.

Over 80% of our academic staff are currently engaged in research at internationally recognised levels, allowing Heriot-Watt to deliver research impact as diverse as providing greater equality for deaf people, helping to manage risk in the insurance industry and enhancing oil extraction from the North Sea.

Research overview

Heriot-Watt University is a leading institution in science, technology and business and excels as Scotland's most international university. We have the structures to support and enhance research within a stimulating environment in key topical areas.

Areas of research

PhD scholarships

Heriot-Watt University provides an outstanding environment to undertake postgraduate research leading to a PhD or EngD.