Study in your own country

Our flexible study options allow you to gain a Heriot-Watt University qualification either by independent distance learning or through one of our Approved Learning Partners:

Independent learning

We currently have 12,000 students studying our independent learning programmes. Together they form an international community of bright, highly imaginative and self-motivated students, working towards an internationally recognised degree.

Choosing independent learning means you can:

  • study at your own pace, in your own language and culture
  • remain in employment while you study
  • apply your learning directly to your job

The academic standard of the degrees is exactly the same as for on-campus students, and all students sit the same (or equivalent) exams.

We have a number of postgraduate programmes, including all of the Edinburgh Business School programmes, available to study through independent learning.

Approved Learning Partners

Our network of Approved Learning Partners (ALPs) comprises 43 overseas learning institutions in 35 countries. ALPs provide a high quality learning experience and all the support you need to successfully complete a Heriot-Watt University degree, regardless of where in the world you are based.

We carefully monitor our ALPs to ensure that the academic standards and quality of the education provision is exactly the same as for students who study at our UK campuses.

Studying through one of our partner institutions mean you can meet other students and work together as groups, as well as receive tutoring and support from qualified academics. Find an Approved Learning Partner in your country.

What our graduates say

Find out what some of our recent graduates have to say about studying for a Heriot-Watt degree by distance learning or with one of our Approved Learning Partners: