The School of Social Sciences is a diverse and multi-disciplinary school and the home of The Edinburgh Business School. 

The School offers undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes at our Edinburgh, Dubai and Malaysia campuses. We also have an internationally renowned undergraduate distance learning programme, as well as a range of English Language courses. Our PhD programme is well established and highly successful.

We have a strong international focus in both our teaching and research. We have excellent links and collaborative partnerships with leading business and language schools all over the world including student exchange programmes with universities in North America, Europe, and Australia. We have joint degree programmes with institutions across Europe, and an undergraduate distance learning programme with partners from Trinidad to Sri Lanka.

Our academics are involved in a range of research and consultancy work funded by international agencies such as ESRC, EU, EBRD, World Bank, industry, commerce and government both in the UK and overseas.

Our rankings

Accountancy & Finance

League Table Heriot-Watt ranking
National Student Survey 2016 3rd equal in Scotland (Finance) 7th equal in Scotland (Accounting)
The Guardian University Guide 2018 1st in Scotland 8th in UK 
The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016 4th in Scotland 28th in UK
The Complete University Guide 2018

4th in Scotland 27th in UK

Business Management

League Table Heriot-Watt ranking
National Student Survey 2016 2nd in Scotland
The Guardian University Guide 2018 3rd in Scotland 9th in UK
The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016 4th in Scotland 31st in UK
The Complete University Guide 2018 4th in Scotland 27th in UK

Economics

League Table Heriot-Watt ranking
National Student Survey 2016 1st in Scotland 3rd in UK
The Guardian University Guide 2018 1st in Scotland 3rd in UK
The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 2nd in Scotland 13th in UK
The Complete University Guide 2018 2nd in Scotland 14th in UK

Languages and Intercultural Studies

League Table Heriot-Watt ranking
National Student Survey 2016 2nd in Scotland 6th in UK
The Guardian University Guide 2018

4th in Scotland

18th in UK

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 4th equal Scot/21st UK (French) 3rd Scot/23th UK (German) 4th Scot/28th UK (Spanish)
The Complete University Guide 2018 2nd Scot / 22nd UK (French) 4th Scot / 22nd UK (German) 3rd Scot / 23rd UK (Spanish)

Psychology

League Table Heriot-Watt ranking
National Student Survey 2016 8th in Scotland
The Guardian University Guide 2018 12th in Scotland 63rd in UK
The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 10th in Scotland 47th in UK
The Complete University Guide 2018 8th in Scotland 38th in UK