Leaders in ideas and solutions

Our heritage dates back to 1821 since when our community of scholars has been developing transformational solutions to specific global problems. Today we are a leading university with campuses in the UK, Dubai and Malaysia, connected around the world by a strong, successful, international community.

Our global community

  • We have five campuses across the world: Edinburgh, Scottish Borders, Orkney, Dubai and Malaysia, as well as 53 Approved Learning Partners (ALPs) and educational collaborative partners in 150 countries
  • We have over 30,000 students studying with us at our campuses and online through distance learning (year end 2016)

  • This includes over 9,000 at our Scottish campuses, almost 4,000 at our Dubai campus and 1,200 at our Malaysia campus
  • We have almost 16,000 students studying through one of our partnerships or via Independent Distance Learning
  • We employ over 2,000 staff across all our campuses
  • One third of our on-campus students studying in Scotland are from outside the UK, making Heriot-Watt one of the most internationally diversified of any UK university.

A rich heritage

  • Heriot‑Watt University is the eighth oldest higher education institution in the UK
  • Heriot‑Watt became a University in 1966 but our origins date back to 1821 as the world's first mechanics institute
  • The Watt Club is oldest graduate club in the UK
  • We have over 116,000 alumni worldwide in over 190 countries.​

A research-led institution

  • The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranked Heriot-Watt 22nd in the UK, with 82% of our research as world-leading or internationally excellent
  • We are 9th in the UK and 1st in Scotland for research impact
  • Over 80% of our academic staff are currently engaged in research at internationally recognised levels.

World-leading reputation

  • We are in the top 4% of universities globally, based on approximately 10,000 universities in the world (QS World's University Rankings 2016/17)

  • The National Student Survey 2016 placed us 28th in the UK and joint 3rd in Scotland, with 90% of students were satisfied overall with their course in over half of the University’s subject areas
  • Top 20 in the UK and 4th in Scotland in the Guardian University League Table 2017

  • We are 39th in the world and 13th in the UK for our international outlook based on THE World University Rankings 2016/17

  • 95% of graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduation.