Fees and funding
How much are tuition fees?
You should check the exact tuition fees for your MSc programme on the relevant programme webpage as tuition fees can change from year to year. Each online programme is broken up into a series of compulsory and optional courses. For most MSc programmes you complete 8 courses and you pay as you register for each course. At MSc level there is also a fee associated with research dissertations and projects.
What financial support is available?
The Students Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) provides financial support for online learners but please check your MSc degree meets the criteria of eligibility.
Postgraduate Loan (PGL) for Master's study
The Government will provide a loan of up to £10,000 per student for postgraduate Master's study.
PGL may be available to UK Nationals (and individuals with settled status in the UK) who have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for three years on the first day of the first academic year of their course.
Learn more about the Postgraduate Loan.
Alumni Discount Scheme
The Alumni Discount Scheme is open to all Heriot-Watt Alumni who have previously been registered for one year or more on a Heriot-Watt degree programme. The scholarship offers a 20% discount to students.
The University offers a range of postgraduate scholarships. Students studying online are able to pay for courses on a pay as you register basis which makes studying more financially manageable.
Upskilling Scotland Scholarship
The Upskilling Scotland Scholarship programme is supported by the Scottish Funding Council. This scholarship offers access to free masters-level courses worth up to £1, 340 from a range of programmes.
How do I pay for tuition fees?
Once you have enrolled on your programme the quickest and most secure way to register and pay for courses is through the Online Payments system. The online payment system can process payments by credit or debit card.
If fees are to be paid by a sponsor, please complete a Course Application Form and submit it alongside a scanned copy of a current letter from the sponsor. The letter must confirm the sponsor will pay the fees and give details of where the invoice should be sent. This should be on the sponsor's headed paper. Please submit to the Online Student Support Team.