The School of Social Sciences is a diverse and multi-disciplinary school that reaches across five subject areas:

  1. Accountancy and Finance
  2. Business Management
  3. Economics
  4. Languages & Intercultural Studies
  5. Psychology

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

#1 in Scotland for Accountancy, Economics and Finance#2 in Scotland for LanguagesTop ten in the UK for Business, Management and Marketing

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