Why choose Heriot-Watt?

Top 25

Top UK Ranking

23rd in the UK and 4th in Scotland

Complete University Guide 2022

1 st

1st in Scotland

1st in Scotland for graduate salaries six months after graduation

Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020

95 %


95% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduation

Destination of Leavers of HE Survey 2016/17

Flexible study options

Scottish degree programmes are designed to include four years of study. However, at Heriot-Watt University many students have the opportunity to complete their honours degree over three years.

Depending on your exam results, you have the option to start your degree in Year 1 or Year 2. You might want to check out how to apply as we also provide an application checklist which will help you through the process.

Year 1

If you have a Year 1 offer and your results were better than expected - well done! You could opt to start in Year 2 and accelerate your degree.

You will still be able to experience all the fun of being a fresher! Students who enter in Year 2 are also eligible for our accommodation guaranteed (remember to apply by 12:00 (BST) on 24 August 2021) and you complete your degree in three years.

Year 2

If you have a Year 2 offer from us and your results weren’t as good as you expected, don’t worry! If you meet entry requirements, you will automatically be considered for a Year 1 offer from us.

No retakes are required and, for students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland, thanks to a foundation bursary you pay the same tuition fees as you would for a three year degree.

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