Why Heriot-Watt Online?

Heriot-Watt Online has been providing Independent Distance Learning (IDL) for over 20 years and offers a wide range of professionally oriented programmes in this format. There are currently 11,000 Heriot-Watt students from 160 countries studying our online programmes. Online students gain the same qualification and degree certificates as on-campus students. The academic standard is exactly the same and all students undertake the same (or equivalent) assessments.

Why study online at Heriot-Watt?

Study when and where you want

Studying online is ideal for those in employment or with other commitments. You have between 2½ and 8 years to complete a full degree and a maximum of two years to complete each taught course. You can also choose to sit exams in one of over 400 exam centres around the world, allowing you to study in your own country or on the move.

Online support network

Studying online doesn’t mean you are on your own. In addition to academic staff, there’s a dedicated Online Student Support Team who are available to guide you on your academic journey. You also have access to the university library and careers services, discussion boards and the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Global links with industry

Our degree programmes are career focused and relevant to the needs of business and industry. Many are accredited by professional bodies and have been developed with the assistance of industry.

Pay as you go course format

Most online programmes consist of 7-8 courses and research projects. You pay for each course or research project as you enrol, making payments more manageable.

Taught by expert academics

Heriot-Watt degrees are delivered by expert academics who are practitioners and leading experts in their field. We are top 10 in the UK and first in Scotland for research impact (REF 2014).

Earn while you study

Remain in employment during your studies and apply your learning directly to your job.

About Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt University, founded in 1821, is located in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is the number one ranked Scottish University for research impact. We come 23rd in the UK and 4th in Scotland in The Complete University Guide 2022, and 270th in the 2022 QS World University Rankings.

In 2018, we won the title of International University of the Year. We have held Royal Charter since 1964 and are subject to the rigorous requirements of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education in the UK. This assures you of the highest level of quality in all the programmes we offer.

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Contact us 

Please get in touch with any questions hwonlineapps@hw.ac.uk