Our state-of-the-art Dubai campus has innovative and interactive learning spaces that foster collaboration, communication, and creativity. Students can use advanced facilities for different disciplines and practice their skills in realistic scenarios. The campus is fitted with the latest technology and equipment across the classrooms, laboratories and campus to enhance the students’ learning and career outcomes.


Library staff are always on hand to help students with on and offline queries and to offer guidance. The library offers the following facilities:

  • Academic textbook collection: a wide range of books are currently available to students in support of the programmes being taught on campus; regularly added to, this collection continues to develop
  • Databases: to facilitate students in their search for details of articles, conference papers, theses and other information on their research topic
  • Electronic journals: to allow students to access the full text of articles from hundreds of journals from several Internet-enabled computers
  • Resource guides: supplied for all the programmes taught at the Dubai campus, to assist staff and students to identify the most important information resources for their study and research

Computer laboratory

computer lab

Our computer labs are fully equipped with the latest software and hardware with access to Office 365 and other specialist software through your student ID. Students can also use their ID card to access print and photocopying services throughout the campus.

The IT Helpdesk provides support to students for all the major IT packages and staff can assist you with a wide range of queries, from accessing our virtual learning environment (Canvas) and email, to assisting with printing and other technical issues.

Canvas – Your Virtual Learning Environment  

All Heriot-Watt University students have access to our new virtual learning environment - Canvas. Canvas is the learning hub for students to access course sites and study materials.  

Canvas enables you to:  

  • Access course materials 
  • Take quizzes and surveys 
  • Receive and submit assignments 
  • Communicate through online discussion 
  • Track progress and manage grades 

Find out everything you need to know about canvas and getting set up for your studies by visiting the Canvas Student Information Hub.

Engineering laboratory

engineering lab

There is an in-house laboratory for use by mechanical engineering students to test dynamics, strength of materials, and the mechanics of materials. The fully equipped laboratories are also equipped to test thermofluids, fluid mechanics, fluid dynamics, and thermodynamics.

Undergraduate Honours Electronic and Electrical Engineering BEng degree students also have access to oscilloscopes, function generators, digital multimeters, soldering stations, and prototyping trainers. In addition to this hardware, software including MultiSIM/electronics workbenches, Orcad schematic capture software, visual studio, Borland C/C++ compiler, Assembler/compiler and LabView software and SCADA is being provided.

Chemical Engineering Honours and BEng degree students run several laboratory experiments. This includes Pipework Assembly, Model Refinery, Physical Chemistry, Analogue Electronics, Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Piping and Instrumentation, Digital Electronics, Separation Processes, Reaction Engineering, Process Control and PID controller. In addition, software related lab experiment such as, APSEN PLUS, ASPEN HYSYS, MATLAB, Visual Basic and LabView MyRIO