Heriot-Watt University has been ranked among the top 500 universities in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

It is the first time Heriot-Watt has appeared and is an excellent achievement in this prominent global ranking.

Heriot-Watt is consistently ranked at a high level across a number of major university league tables. These particular tables reflect our research performance and provide confirmation of our status as a world-class research institution.

Professor Julian Jones, Vice-Principal

In addition, ARWU have published their Global Ranking of Academic Subjects and the University is listed for nine of our subjects.

We are in the top 75 worldwide for Telecommunication Engineering and in the top 150 for Civil Engineering. 

We are also in the top 200 for Mathematics and Finance, top 300 for Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, and in the top 500 for Physics, Chemistry, and Environmental Science & Engineering.

The ARWU exercise includes universities that have Nobel Laureates or Fields Medallists among their staff and alumni, highly-cited researchers, or papers published in Nature or Science.

Universities with a significant amount of papers indexed by Science Citation Index-Expanded (SCIE) and Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) are also included.

More than 1,300 universities are considered and the top 500 are ranked, based on a combination of these measures.