The School of Social Sciences is trialling it’s first ever truly global MSc. The programme on trial is Business Strategy Leadership and Change and our 4 trailblazer students will be studying this programme across the globe!

Heriot-watt has three campuses globally; Edinburgh in Scotland, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Dubai in the UAE. We currently offer many undergraduate programmes across the campuses through our Go Global inter campus transfer scheme. Go Global is an extremely popular option with many undergraduates – and why not! Who wouldn’t want to study and travel at the same time! But we have thus far not extended this global experience to the postgraduate community, having not tested the logistics of running a 1 year MSc programme globally, that is until now…

Fraser McGarrigle (21), Sean Stead (21), Maria Owtscharenko (24) and Valentin Schlegel (22) will trial our first ever Global MSc – Business Strategy leadership and Change in Heriot-Watt University Kuala Lumpur campus this Wednesday! (6th September 2017)

"I love travelling, taking part of new adventure and I took this trial opportunity because we’re like pioneers for this first experience!"

Valentin Schlegel

Starting in Malaysia; our 4 trailblazers will study in the Malaysia campus which opened recently on the 12th February 2015 and is a ‘green’ campus with the first living grass roof of its kind in Malaysia! There they will begin like any other Postgraduate with induction sessions; meeting their cohort and getting down to studying, however, unlike other Scottish Heriot-Watt MSc students they will have the chance to get out and about and explore Asia! They will be documenting their experiences throughout this year on Instagram and we will share their blogs via our social channels too.

"I feel this Global MSc will enhance my learning, excel my career prospects, and allow me to understand various working environments and cultures much more effectively."

Sean Stead

They will then move to our Dubai campus, and experience Emirati culture, life in the desert and all the glitter that Dubai entails! The students will share their learnings and cultural insights with us throughout. Lastly, they join us back in Edinburgh at our leafy Scottish campus where they will meet with their dissertation supervisor, get out and about in the capital of Scotland and venture into the Scottish countryside to showcase what Scotland can offer the student.

"This course also offered an internship in Dubai, and the chance to study with students from all over the world in their home counties. The global aspect made this the most interesting, unique and enjoyable-looking option."

Fraser McGarrigle

We are super excited to share their experiences with you and wish this trial to be a true success – if it is, we will hopefully be running this and several other SoSS MSc programmes across our three campuses, giving our Masters' students the chance to learn academically, culturally and socially with the entire Heriot-Watt University!

"This global MSc programme not only gives me the opportunity to learn about different cultures, I’ve not yet had the chance to experience, but also to stand out from other candidates with an current degree."

Students chatting outsideMaria OwtscharenkoSean SteadFraser McGarrigle