The School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS) provides a collaborative research and teaching environment organised into our six institutes:

  • The Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design (CESBD)
  • The Institute for Infrastructure and Environment (IIE)
  • The Institute of Life and Earth Sciences (ILES)
  • The Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE)
  • Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research (I-SPHERE)
  • The Urban Institute (TUI)

In addition to our six institutes, the International Centre for Island Technology (ICIT), is a specialised arm of the Institute of Life and Earth Sciences.

Our programmes

Within our core disciplines we offer both undergraduate and postgraduate students research-led programmes of study providing professional accredited qualifications. Our programmes are often highly rated in national surveys. Consequently, our graduates are highly sought after by employers.

We pride ourselves on our international activities, offering a sub-set of our study programmes on our Dubai Campus and our Malaysia Campus and most of our postgraduate programmes through our Independent Distance Learning option, which facilitates study in any country in the world. Another option for international students wishing to obtain a Heriot-Watt University degree is to study with one of our Approved Learning Partners (ALPs).

We strive for excellence in our support to all students studying with us and our staff are committed to providing educational and professional support that is fair, friendly and timely.

Our rankings
League Table Heriot-Watt ranking
Guardian University League tables 2017 1st in Scotland and 2nd in UK for Building and Town & Country Planning
National Student Survey 2015 1st in Scotland for Building and Civil Engineering
Complete University Guide 2017 1st in Scotland and 4th in the UK for building programmes
Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016

1st in Scotland for Building and Town & Country Planning

To learn more about Heriot-Watt's rankings, please visit Our Rankings page.

Our research

Our six research institutes carry out work in the fields that are relevant to industry and society, including topical issues such as:

  • Carbon capture and storage
  • Flood risk management
  • Health research
  • High speed rail
  • Housing markets
  • Low carbon buildings
  • Marine and coastal research
  • Petroleum engineering and geoscience
  • Policy, poverty and social exclusion

We pride ourselves on our outward looking approach to research, typified by our strategic collaborations with the University of Edinburgh through the Edinburgh Research Partnership in Engineering (ERPE) and the strategic Research Alliance with the University of Edinburgh.

In collaboration with the Royal Academy of Engineering, the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society is a recognised Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design. This is one of four such Centres established at UK universities that jointly form a national network to demonstrate and exchange best practice in teaching and research for the sustainable built environment.

REF 2014

The UK's Research Excellence Framework (REF) of 2014 ranked Heriot-Watt 9th n the UK and 1st in Scotland for research impact, with 90% of our overall research activity in General Engineering and 70% of our overall research activity in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning confirmed as world-leading or internationally excellent.