January start

Flexible entry points enable you to start your programme in January and complete in semester 3, prior to the start of your degree. Your language proficiency (IELTS 5.0) means you are ready to study Academic English at a more advanced level.   You will improve your language proficiency as you learn how research is carried out and communicated in your field at Heriot-Watt University.

Dates and fees

  • Start date: Monday 11 January 2021
  • End date: Friday 20 August 2021
  • Deadline for applications: Monday 14 December 2020
  • Fee: £9,260

Entry requirements

Entry requirements to start the programme in January are IELTS 5.0 (minimum 4.5 all skills).

Programme content

The programme includes mandatory Academic English and Research courses together with options in Background Studies. If you enter with a higher language proficiency (IELTS 5.5/6.0) and a background in management studies, you may choose Management as an option course.

Semester 1 (starting 11 January 2021)

Mandatory English courses (15 credits)

  • C68TP Text Practices
  • C68IS Integrated Skills

Mandatory Research courses (15 credits)

  • C68RC Research Communication (1)
  • C67BT Background Studies (2)

Semester 2, Pre-sessional Project

Mandatory English courses (15 credits)

  • C68AL Academic Literacy
  • C68AE Academic Engagement

Mandatory Research courses (15 credits)

  • C68LR Literature Review
  • C68CS Case Study


You will be assessed through a wide range of coursework and exams in order to prepare you for the types of assessments you will meet in your degree.

You are required to achieve a mark of 50% (Grade C) overall for the combined coursework and exam components to be recommended to proceed to your degree studies at Heriot-Watt University.

How to apply

Find out how to apply for the English for University Study programme.

Key information

Academic English Admissions