January start

This one-semester programme will provide opportunities to improve your language proficiency and your ability to communicate in research contexts through a wide range of authentic academic tasks, such as research proposals, literature reviews and case studies. You will learn how research is carried out and communicated at Heriot-Watt University.

Dates and fees

  • Start date: Monday 6 January 2020
  • End date: Friday 8 May 2020
  • Deadline for applications: Monday 9 December 2019
  • Fee: £4,240 (one semester)

Entry requirements

Entry requirements to start the programme in January are IELTS 5.0 (no skill lower than 5.0).

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 courses as options.

Semester 1

Mandatory Research courses 15 credit

  • C68RC Research Comm. (1)

Mandatory English courses 15 credit

  • C68TP Text Practices
  • C68IS Integrated Skills

Optional courses 15 credit

  • C67BS Background Studies
  • C17EC Enterprise and its Business Environment

You will be in contact with the supervisor for your PhD and be able to carry out assessment tasks related to the topics and approaches for your own research.


You will be assessed through a wide range of coursework and exams in order assess your ability to communicate research effectively in English.

You are required to achieve a mark of 50% (Grade C) overall for the combined coursework and exam components in order 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.