Postgraduate Centre

Postgraduate Centre

Heriot-Watt provides an outstanding environment to undertake postgraduate research leading to a PhD or EngD. We currently hosts around 600 PhD and EngD students. First-class training in both specialist and generic skills is provided that focuses on providing the necessary support for career development.

Research projects are offered with supervisors working at the cutting edge of contemporary topics from the fundamental to the applied in all of our disciplines. Projects often involve working in research teams, with industry involvement, and many with collaborations with other leading research laboratories around the world.

A £7M Postgraduate Centre provides a hub that combines facilities for training, outreach, and social interaction with other postgraduate students from across the University.

Research degrees:

  • PhD and EngD
  • DBA
  • MRes, MPhil

Research opportunities and scholarships

School, Research Institute, and Research Centre web pages provide detailed information on research and potential research project opportunities for PhD and EngD studies. We offer a number of competitive funded scholarships for research degree studies. Full or partial support may be available for well qualified candidates from UK research councils, research pools, charities, industry or the university's own scholarships.

The University offers annual James Watt Scholarships, approximately 80 each year, for well-qualified applicants. Other competitive funding is available such as RCUK funded Doctoral Training Awards.

Inter-university doctoral training centre schemes

Heriot-Watt participates in a number of inter-university doctoral training centre schemes:

Researcher development

Research Futures provides postgraduate research students with a full programme of training and development throughout their PhD, EngD or MPhil studies. The main programme is delivered at the Edinburgh Campus and contains a wide range of courses pitched at various levels of expertise. Course sessions are typically delivered in three hour sessions facilitated by experts.

Heriot-Watt University is a member of Vitae, an international organisation dedicated to world-class professional and career development of researchers. Vitae offer a wealth of resources and advice designed specifically for researchers.