Social Sciences

SOSS FMFS

The School of Social Sciences at Heriot-Watt University comprises of the Edinburgh Business School and the Department of Psychology.

We are the largest academic school of Heriot-Watt University and we specialise in research and industry-informed undergraduate and postgraduate teaching across our core disciplines:

  • Edinburgh Business School

The Edinburgh Business School offers premium business management education at both, undergraduate and postgraduate level. With programs in Accountancy, Business Management, Marketing, Enterprise, Finance, Logistics and Strategy, we are committed to offering world class university experience that will equip you with the skills to succeed in your chosen industry.

  • Department of Psychology

Heriot-Watt's Psychology programmes have been ranked as one of the leading programmes in the UK and takes an applied focus, going beyond textbook and theory to explore real-world uses of psychology. Our psychology graduates have a strong record of employment building careers in business, teaching, counselling, nursing, probation work and market research.

"Our approach to teaching and learning places a strong focus on learning for the real world, with an emphasis on practical cases, simulations and playing host to industry in the classroom. We want our graduates to be able to make a contribution to the workplace from day one and we are committed to supporting them as they progress through their careers with lifelong study opportunities." Dr. Paul Hopkinson, Associate Head – School of Social Sciences and Edinburgh Business School.

Rankings
- According to the 2021 Complete University Guide, our accounting and finance subjects are ranked 15th out of 103 UK universities while our business and management programmes place 27th out of 123 UK universities.
- Ranked 5th in the UK for Marketing in The Complete University Guide 2022.
Accreditations and Professional Bodies
Business and Management programmes
Association of Business Schools (ABS)
Edinburgh Business School is a member of the Association of Business Schools (ABS) and benefits from a network of business schools for sharing best practice as well as developing initiatives and policy.
Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
Accreditation of undergraduate programmes in Business Management with Marketing. To obtain the exemptions students must have completed the marketing courses specified by Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) as part of their degree.
Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
Reduced cost student membership of Chartered Management Institute (CMI), benefits of which include access to dedicated online management resources & information sources for students.
 
Logistics
Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT UK)
Our MSc degrees in Logistics and Supply Chain Management are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport. Students who successfully graduate from the above degrees will receive an exemption from the academic requirements for membership at either Chartered Member or Member level of the CILT. There may also be a reduction in the length of experience that they would require. Find out more about CILT accreditation and membership in the link above.
Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS)
Our MSc degrees in Logistics and Supply Chain Management are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply. Whilst you are studying you can join as a Student Member becoming an Affiliate Member and then Member (MCIPS).
 
Accounting and Finance
Our accountancy and finance programme is accredited by a number of institutions for exemptions from some professional examinations:

Accredited by the CPA Australia for the purpose of exemption from some professional examinations.

Strategic Project Management

The MSc Strategic Project Management reflects the content of the Project Management Institute’s Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge.

Key facilities
Bloomberg Trading Suite
You can enhance your employability in the area of finance through use of our state-of-the-art Bloomberg Trading Room. This professional-standard facility provides access to live financial data from global markets and organisations. Integrating use of Bloomberg Terminals into our teaching develops professionally relevant skills in data analysis, financial reporting, financial risk management and financial modelling.
Enterprise Floor and Business Incubator Space
Undergraduate and Postgraduate can benefit from our Enterprise Floor which offers an entire level at our campus dedicated to supporting student entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as hosting businesses in our partner suites and educating business leaders in our executive education facilities. You will also have the opportunity to access to our Entrepreneurship programme offered  in conjunction with Dubai Future Foundation,  which offers a programme of activities and supporting eco-system to help bring your business start-up ideas to fruition.
Global Research Innovation Discovery (GRID)
GRID at Heriot-Watt is a ground-breaking facility to advance our global research, innovation and discovery. It’s designed to create cohesion between academic research and business enterprise, where students, entrepreneurs, academic researchers and businesses can work together to solve real-world challenges. It operates as an ecosystem, extending beyond its Edinburgh base to connect with all of our UK and international campuses, including the Dubai Campus.