Student life at Heriot-Watt
As well as having our own new Malaysian Campus there are a total of 400 additional students from Malaysia studying towards a Heriot-Watt University degree. We have a thriving population of 90 students studying at our Edinburgh Campus and we also have a few students at our Scottish Borders and Dubai campuses.
The most popular programmes for Malaysian students at our Edinburgh campus are:
We hold a graduation ceremony each autumn in Kuala Lumpur, and we also have an active branch of the Watt Club in Malaysia, which hosts annual anniversary dinners and many more activities.
The Malaysian Bruneian Singaporean Student Union Edinburgh (MABSSUE) would be happy to hear from anyone interested in studying in the city, and they hold annual welcome activities to help you settle in!
Meet our graduates from Malaysia
These entry requirements are intended as a guide only. Please contact us or the School's admissions tutor to find out the actual requirements for the programme you want to study.
Year 1 entry
The following qualifications are acceptable for entry into Year 1 of undergraduate programmes:
- GCE A-Levels (as per the requirements in the undergraduate prospectus).
- Mara Diploma in a relevant subject.
- STPMs (these are treated as an equivalent to A-Levels); you must have taken a minimum of three subjects.
- UEC with an average grade of grade of 75% or above and a suitable English language credential.
- International Baccalaureate, subject to grades and subjects.
- Australian Matriculation Examinations, subject to grades and subjects taken.
Year 2 / 3 entry
The following qualifications may acceptable for entry into Years 2 or 3 of undergraduate programmes:
- GCE A-Levels (as per the requirements in the undergraduate prospectus).
- Mara Diploma in a relevant subject with a strong CGPA.
- College diplomas in business, finance and accountancy tend to be considered for Level 1 or 2 entry to four-year MA honours degrees.
- College diplomas in engineering and construction may sometimes be considered for Level 3 entry to four-year honours degrees.
For most of our Masters level programmes we require a good first degree in a relevant subject. Any relevant work experience will also be considered.
English language requirements
If you do not meet our English language requirements, you can apply to one of our academic English programmes, which are specifically designed to prepare you with the language and study skills needed for academic study.
Tuition fees are listed alongside each programme in the online prospectuses.
Tuition fees are higher for international students. If you are unsure what your residency status is, you can complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess whether you have a relevant connection to the UK that might positively influence your fee status.
Learn more about applying for student support in Scotland.
Scholarships & bursaries
At Heriot-Watt we believe that a university education is an investment in your future. That is why we offer a generous package of scholarships to encourage and support well qualified, ambitious students to come and study with us. See the full list of scholarships that you may be eligible to apply for.
The following scholarships are available to all international students who choose to study at Heriot-Watt:
Our representatives in Malaysia
We work with approved representatives in Malaysia who can help you apply and enrol on your chosen programme.Find your nearest representative.
Visa & immigration information
Because you are from a non-visa national country, it is not compulsory that you apply for a visa to enter the UK if you are coming to study for less than 6 months and do not intend to work during your studies. Instead, you may be able to enter the UK as a student visitor, if you can show that:
- you are over 18 years of age
- you have been accepted onto a programme of study with an approved organisation (Heriot-Watt University is an approved organisation)
- you have enough money to support yourself during your stay in the UK.
If you will be studying in the UK for more than 6 months, you will have to obtain a Tier 4 student visa (entry clearance) before entering the UK.
We strongly advise all non-visa nationals to obtain a Tier 4 student visa before travelling to the UK.
Tier 4 Student Visa (in-country application)
The Tier 4 Student visa is for all non-EEA students coming to study in the UK for over 6 months.
To apply for this visa you need to fill the VAF9 and VAF9 Appendix 8: Tier 4 (General) forms and provide the requested supporting documents as specified in the Tier 4 guidance. You will also have to provide your CAS number from your Tier 4 sponsor (Heriot-Watt University), and your biometric features (10-digit finger scans and a digital photograph) in person as part of the application process.
- Learn more about applying for a Tier 4 Student visa.
- Find your nearest visa application processing centre in your home country.
- Learn more about bringing your family to the UK.
Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)
If you are a postgraduate student you may need to apply for an additional certificate under the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS).
Only certain programmes are affected by the scheme; your academic School at Heriot-Watt will send you more information about this along with your unconditional offer. Or you can check the Foreign & Commonwealth Office's list of programmes that request the ATAS certificate.
Your ATAS certificate should be printed and submitted as part of the visa application process.
Further information and help can be found on Heriot-Watt University's International Student Advisors' Office (ISAO) website.
Working in the UK
Tier 4 student visa holders studying at higher educational institutions are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week during term time, and full time during vacations if studying at degree level or above, or studying a foundation degree (a programme that leads to a qualification at level 8 of the SCQF).
Students studying any other programme will only be able to work up to 10 hours per week during term time, and full time during vacations.
Please note that term time covers all periods of your programme when you are doing academic work, and includes for example preparing for examinations and time spent producing MSc projects, dissertations and writing up thesis.
Learn more about working during your studies.
Working conditions for Tier 4 dependants
- Dependants of students from outside Europe who come to the UK to study for less than 12 months will be prohibited from working
- Dependants of students from outside Europe who come to the UK to study a programme that is below degree level (except a foundation degree programme) will also be prohibited from working
- Dependants of students from outside Europe who come to the UK to study a programme at degree level for 12 months or more will be able to work during their stay in the UK (part time or full time).
Please note: from 4 July 2011, non EEA international students can only bring their dependants to the UK if they are coming to study at postgraduate level on a programme lasting for at least 12 months (or 6 months if you are a government-sponsored student). To find out if your family members can join you in the UK, please see the guide for Tier 4 family.
Find out more about dependants and bringing your family to the UK.
You can visit our Careers Advisory Service website for more guidance on employment during and after your studies.