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Future Made for 200 Years

Since 1821, our pioneering research and education has made a positive impact on the global stage. We continue to push new frontiers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Business and Design.

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Discover what it's like to be a part of our distinctive learning experience and explore university courses across a wide range of subjects. With undergraduate and postgraduate programmes taught by world-leading staff, we inspire learning at every step in your higher education journey. Find your perfect course today.

Top 10

Ranked top 10 in the UK for Building, General Engineering, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Town & Country Planning, Mathematics.

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023
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Get a feel for undergraduate life and study at Heriot-Watt. Attend subject talks, explore our facilities and speak to our friendly and knowledgeable students and staff.

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Our UK campuses

Our campuses in Edinburgh, Scottish Borders and Orkney each offer bespoke facilities and a distinctive learning environment.

Top 50

We are ranked 47th out of 308 institutions in THE's Golden Age University Rankings

Times Higher Education (THE) Golden Age University Rankings 2020
Top 250 worldwide

World university rankings

Our rankings

Heriot-Watt has now been named within the world’s top 250 universities, as well as 32nd in the UK, and 5th in Scotland (QS World University Rankings).

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Our research

Heriot-Watt is valued for its pioneering research informed by the global needs of business and industry.


86.8% of our research is ranked world-leading and internationally excellent.

Research Excellence Framework 2021
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Study in Edinburgh, inspire globally

Our Edinburgh Campus lets students experience the best of both worlds: study and explore in one of Europe's most exciting cities. Based in 380 acres of parkland situated near the city centre, Heriot-Watt offers students a place to learn, develop and enjoy.

We are one of the most highly reputable universities in Edinburgh, inspiring over 10,500 staff and students to thrive locally and beyond. Our aim is to inspire brilliance across the globe, which is why we are proud to welcome students from all over the world with a range of undergraduate, postgraduate, and research degrees.

One third of our Edinburgh Campus students are from outside the UK, giving Heriot-Watt one of the most diverse international student communities.

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Why study with Heriot-Watt?

As one of the most progressive and international institutions based in Scotland, you will have the opportunity to thrive, both personally and academically during your time with us.

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Top 5

We are top 250 worldwide. Ranking 235th in the world, 32nd in UK, and 5th in Scotland.

QS World University Rankings 2024

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