Many students think about leaving university at some stage during their studies. If anything is bothering you or you are thinking about leaving, please speak to a member of staff to explore and understand what you can do.

There may be other options such as additional help (perhaps advice on how to improve your academic skills), a temporary suspension of studies or transferring to another programme.

On these pages you will find a range of information and advice that can help you if you are thinking about leaving:

  • Overcoming obstacles to studying successfully on your programme
  • Changing option courses
  • Worried that you are on the wrong programme?
  • Take a break from studying
  • Change of mode
  • Transfer to another programme at Heriot-Watt
  • Transfer to a programme at another university
  • Things to check, including possible financial implications
  • Exploring non-university options
  • Withdrawing from University

Here to help

Edinburgh Campus

We offer a dedicated email contact for your questions and concerns, or why not come along to one of our drop-in advice sessions:


Drop-in advice sessions during term time

  • Tuesday 14.00 to 16.00
  • Friday 10.00 to 12.00

Sessions take place in Student Support and Accommodation, Hugh Nisbet Building, opposite the bank.

Scottish Borders, Orkney, Dubai and Malaysia campuses

Contact the student advisors listed.