Engineering and Physical Sciences

The School of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS) has an excellent international research reputation and close ties with the professional and industrial world of science, engineering and technology.​

​Whatever the level of study, our graduates are equipped to take up the challenges facing engineers in the UAE, in the wider region and worldwide. ​

​The demand for engineers has never been greater and our graduates work in many sectors including microelectronics, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, mining, aviation, petrochemicals, transport, sustainability, energy and many more. ​

​Our postgraduate courses are delivered in the evenings and at weekends so that our postgraduate students can study while remaining in full-time employment. The school actively engages in research and students are offered opportunities to study at the PhD level in numerous areas.​

As the 1st Institute of Mechanics, Heriot-Watt University is proud of its heritage extending to almost 200 years. We remain true to our origins, educating engineers to address challenges and to innovate in support of industry, the economy and society. Our students benefit from the wealth of industry experience and research expertise of our academic team. We value experiential learning and provide state-of-the-art facilities for students to engage with real-life engineering challenges and prepare them for a rewarding career in engineering.

Prof Tadhg O'Donovan​, Associate Head of School

Complete University Guide 2022
According to the Complete University Guide 2022, we are ranked 7th in the UK for Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021

Ranked in the top 250 universities worldwide (201-250) for Engineering and Technology. Ranked in the top 25 UK universities for Engineering and Technology.

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021
First in Scotland for Chemical Engineering, and 4th in the UK. 
First in Scotland for Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and 4th in the UK.
First in Scotland for General Engineering, and 5th in the UK.
Second in Scotland for Mechanical Engineering, and 10th in the UK.