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Student life at Heriot-Watt

We pride ourselves on being an international university; international students make up about one third of our student population

Entry requirements

These entry requirements are intended as a guide only. Please contact us or the School's admissions tutor to find out the actual requirements for the programme you want to study.

For more details on our application process, get help with your application.

Please note - the number of places we are able to offer to Undergraduate students from EU countries is limited owing to the cap on places funded by the Scottish Government. As such, the entry requirements given below are minimum requirements and no guarantee of a place.

These entry requirements are intended as a guide only. Please contact us or the School's admissions tutor to find out the actual requirements for the programme you want to study.


We accept the Gumnaasiumi loptunnistus from Estonian students with the following grades:

  • School of Maths and Computer Science: Actuarial Science Year 1: average of 5 or above and 80 in three state exams including Mathematics; Computer Science and Mathematics Year 1: average of 4 or above and 70 in three state exams including Mathematics
  • School of Life Sciences:  Biology Year 1: Grade 4 to include a science subject at 4; Psychology Year 1: Grade 4 to include mathematics at 4
  • School of Social Sciences: Year 1: Grade 5 overall and at least 80% in a minimum of 3 State Examinations. There will be a specific subject requirement for all Language Programmes and there will be a specific Maths requirement for all Economics Programmes.
  • School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society:  Year 1: Complete and Pass with average of Grade 4.0 including Grade 70 in two State Examinations (Mathematics and Physics for AE/CSE)
  • School of Textiles and Design: Year 1: Average of 3 or above
  • School of Engineering and Physical Sciences : Please contact the School for entry requirements.


For most of our Masters level programmes we require a good first degree, in most cases the equivalent to an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a recognised university, in a relevant subject area.

English language requirements

If you do not meet our English language requirements, you can apply to one of our academic English programmes, which are specifically designed to prepare you with the language and study skills needed for academic study.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees are listed alongside each programme in the online prospectuses.

Tuition fees are higher for international students. If you are unsure what your residency status is, you can complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess whether you have a relevant connection to the UK that might positively influence your fee status:

Learn more about applying for student support in Scotland.

Scholarships and bursaries

At Heriot-Watt we believe that a university education is an investment in your future. That is why we offer a generous package of scholarships to encourage and support well qualified, ambitious students to come and study with us. See the full list of scholarships that you may be eligible to apply for.

Visa and immigration information

As an EEA national, there is no requirement for you to obtain a visa to come to the UK. There is the option to apply for a registration certificate to prove your right to live in the UK; however, it is not essential for you to obtain this. Further information can be found on the UKVI website.

All EEA and Swiss national students can work in the UK.For more information, please refer to our 'Working in the UK' webpage.

Key information

Enquiries Team