Heriot-Watt achieves highest ever world ranking




Heriot-Watt University has risen to its highest ever position in the QS World University Rankings 2024.

The University has climbed more than 40 places in the last year and is now ranked 235th in the world and 32nd in the UK.

The results fulfil Heriot-Watt’s long-standing strategic ambitions to enter the world’s top 250 universities by 2025.

Welcoming the news today is Professor Richard A. Williams, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University, who said: “This is very encouraging news in our journey to exceed a 250 ranking, which was an identified specific and important goal in our Strategy 2025. Since its implementation our University has risen from 302 in 2019 to 235 today - our highest ever ranking. This year the rise again takes account of our University’s success including factors around sustainability, employment outcomes, and our international research network. 

“These latest results reflect our commitment to excellence in research, teaching, and innovation and the impactful outcomes that have been achieved.”

Among the metrics used to measure Heriot-Watt’s ranking were the number of citations per faculty, which rose significantly from 173rd last year to 113, further underpinning the University’s global reputation for research. The rankings follow further good news for the University after coming top in Scotland and fourth in the UK for positive Graduate Outcomes.



Craig McManamon

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