Why choose us?

From top ten rankings to study abroad options, there are many reasons to choose to study with us. Here are just a few of them.

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1) A rich heritage 

We are proud that since our foundation in 1821, we have been outward looking pioneers of education, in pursuit of knowledge to the benefit of society and the world. 

2) Global reach

We are a truly global university with 5 campuses and 150 learning partners around the world.  We are one of Scotland’s most international universities: around a third of Heriot-Watt students in Edinburgh are from outside the UK.

3)  A world class reputation

We are world renowned for excellence in teaching and research. We are ranked in the top 4% of universities worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2016/17) and in the top 20 universities in the UK (The Guardian University League Table 2017). We are top 10 in the UK and 1st in Scotland for research impact (REF 2014).

4) Links to business and industry

Our programmes and research are informed by the needs of business and industry. We actively facilitate collaborations and partnerships, building strategic alliances and promoting knowledge transfer.

5) Globally employable graduates

Global companies actively seek out our graduates as they are work ready. Our programmes are designed to ensure that students receive a relevant, career-orientated education. As a result, more than 95% of our students are in graduate-level jobs or further study six months after completing their programme.

The connections and knowledge provided by the masters programme were the perfect launch pad for my new career.

Leon Webb MSc with distinction, Brewing & Distilling.

6) Opportunities to study abroad

When you join Heriot-Watt University you become part of a friendly, global community. We actively encourage our students to push geographical boundaries through our campus transfer and exchange programmes.

 7) World changing research

Heriot-Watt University is globally recognised for pioneering research and innovation, changing the world and transforming lives. Our research focuses on real world issues and we are ranked in the top 10 in the UK for industry income. This is based on the value of industry research income per member of academic staff.

8) World-wide network

When you join Heriot-Watt you become part of a global family. We have over 116,000 alumni worldwide. The Watt Club was founded in 1854 and is the oldest graduate club in the UK. Lifetime membership is automatic upon graduation from Heriot-Watt, and is free to all graduates of the University.