Postgraduate Open Day

Our Postgraduate Open Day for 2017 will be announced later this year.

It is also possible to arrange an individual visit to our Edinburgh Campus.  You can also explore our campuses using our virtual tours.

Talk to us online

We also run regular online chats to give you the opportunity to talk online with a range of people from the university.

Plan your journey

Travelling by car?

There are a number of visitor car parks near the main entrance to the campus, and the Postgraduate Centre will be signposted from each of these car parks.

  • Open Day visitors should follow the directions on arrival to designated parking.
  • Disabled visitors can use the accessible car park at Gait 10 next to Oriam. Additional accessible parking spaces are available throughout the campus; you can contact us to reserve one.

Travelling by bike?

There are safe cycle routes to the Edinburgh Campus from the city centre, Edinburgh Park and the west. These either follow the main roads or the cycle paths along the Union Canal. You can plan your journey on the CycleStreets website.

Travelling by bus?

Lothian Buses offers local bus services 25, X25, 34, 45, 63 and N25/N34 (night bus) to the Edinburgh Campus. Service 25 is the most frequent, leaving the city centre every 10 minutes during the day, and every 15 minutes after 8.00pm. The journey takes about 30–40 minutes from the city centre, depending on what time of day you’re travelling.  Fares from the city cost £1.60 single/£4.00 day ticket. Note that exact money is required for Lothian Buses (with the exception of Airlink) but you can pay for tickets using your mobile phone, if preferred. Remember to stay on the bus until it reaches the terminal at the Main Entrance of Heriot-Watt University.

All national coach services to Edinburgh arrive at St Andrew Square bus station, at the east end of Princes Street. Timetables can be found on the Citylink and National Express websites.

Travelling by rail?

The mainline rail network serves the centre of Edinburgh well. Edinburgh Waverley is at the east end of Princes Street and Haymarket Station is at the west end. Curriehill Station, one mile from the University, offers a frequent service to Edinburgh Waverley and a service to Glasgow Central Station.

We do not recommend alighting at either Edinburgh Park or Curriehill as there is no direct transport link to the campus from these stations. Proceed to Haymarket and catch a number 25 bus from Dalry Road (terminating at the Main Entrance of the University).

Rail timetables can be found on the National Rail website.

Travelling by taxi?

A number of taxi services, such as Central Taxis, are available at taxi ranks in the centre of Edinburgh, including Waverley and Haymarket rail stations and St Andrew Square bus station, as well as at Edinburgh airport. The journey to Heriot-Watt University takes about 20–30 minutes from the city centre, and about 10 minutes from Edinburgh airport. A return journey to the city centre costs about £30.

You can request an outbound taxi from the Edinburgh Campus at the main reception desk.

Travelling by air?

Edinburgh International Airport is served by scheduled national and international flights. The airport is on the west side of the city, just three miles from the Edinburgh Campus.

The bus journey from the airport takes about an hour. The Airlink bus takes you to the city centre (£7 return), then you can take a Lothian Buses service 25, X25, 34, 45 or N25 (night bus) from the city centre to the campus.

The taxi journey from the airport to the campus takes about 10 minutes and costs about £25 return.

Find out more about getting around Edinburgh.

Staying overnight?

If you are planning to stay overnight in Edinburgh to make the most of your visit then you may find the Visit Scotland website helpful.


What happens on the day?

Upon arrival on Campus please follow the signs to the Postgraduate Centre. Alternatively you can go to our Main Reception where a member of our Student Ambassador Team will accompany you to the Centre.

The day runs from 1.30pm till 4.30pm and there is a lot to see and do!

Staff from all Academic Schools will be available in the General Exhibition area throughout the day to talk about our postgraduate taught programmes.

Staff and students from the Student Support and Accommodation Office, the Careers Service, the Student Union and the Sports Union will be available in the Central Exhibition area to chat about the wide range of support services available at Heriot-Watt University.

Campus tour will depart from the Welcome Desk on a rolling basis throughout the afternoon.


We strongly recommend that you book your place in advance. An online booking form will be available once we confirm the date for 2017.

Frequently asked questions

I cannot attend the Open Day date. Can I arrange to visit on a different day?

Yes you can. We would be very happy to arrange an individual visit for you on an alternative date. Please e-mail us at edu.liaison@hw.ac.uk.

Can I bring my family with me?

Yes, provided there are spaces available. Please make sure you pre-book for everyone who wishes to attend.

Is it best to arrive at 1.30pm exactly?

You can come and go as you please during the day, and you don’t have to be ‘on-time’ at 1.30pm. Similarly, you won’t have to stay until 4.30pm, but most visitors remain with us for a couple of hours.  

Do I need to bring my Eventbrite ticket with me?

You do not need to bring your booking confirmation/ticket with you on the day.  However, please remember to bring a note of your booked academic talk/tour times with you.

I’m lost, what should I do?

For directions or information our student ambassadors (in red t-shirts) will be happy to assist you. Just ask!

Is there somewhere to eat on campus?

There are lots of options on campus for somewhere to eat or drink… go exploring!

Please just ask our catering staff if you have any vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, halal, gluten-free or lactose intolerant requirements.

We also have several ATMs on the campus.

Is Heriot-Watt University disability friendly?

Disability is not a barrier to studying at Heriot-Watt and enjoying every aspect of student life. Our campus is well equipped for those of you who have a disability or special need. Please contact us as early as possible so that we have time to put any required support in place for you.  You can chat to our Disability Service staff at the Student Support and Accommodation stand in the Information Zone.

Accessible information can be made available in alternative formats if required. Please contact the Disability Service on 0131 451 3509 or disability@hw.ac.uk.

Will there be any filming and/or photography taking place during the Open Day?

Yes. A full copy of the University’s image capture policy is available at the Welcome Desks

What if I require first aid?

Please contact a member of staff at the Welcome Desks or any other member of staff for assistance. There is a Medical Centre on the Campus and trained First Aiders will be on hand.

Top 5 things to do in Edinburgh

Planning to turn your Open Day visit into a trip?  Here are some suggestions to make the most of your stay:

1. Take a bus tour of Edinburgh

Collect a discount voucher from the Welcome Desk to get money off an Edinburgh City Sightseeing tour. Hop on-hop off and discover the best of Scotland’s Capital with Edinburgh Bus Tours. Explore sights including Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyrood and The Royal Yacht Britannia, and save your legs from walking up and down all those hills!

2. Visit Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle has played a pivotal role in Scottish history, both as a royal residence – King Malcolm Canmore (r 1058–93) and Queen Margaret first made their home here in the 11th century – and as a military stronghold. The castle last saw military action in 1745; from then until the 1920s it served as the British army's main base in Scotland. Today it is one of Scotland's most atmospheric and most popular tourist attractions. Definitely worth seeing if you are in the city. The castle towers above the city, affording visitors panoramic views to the north, south, east and west. Its history is turbulent and tragic and definitely worth looking into while there.

Top tip: Go in the morning or book your tickets in advance online. This way you'll avoid the massive queues of tourists standing in line to get in. There are always loads of tour bus groups arriving later in the day and it can take some time to get your tickets last minute. Also if you are there at 1pm, be sure to cover your ears…

“Had a great time in Edinburgh and no trip could be complete without visiting the castle. It's in great condition for its age and plenty of history and facts to be learned.”  (Trip Advisor)

3. Climb Arthur’s Seat

Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, is blessed with a little bit of wilderness in the heart of the city. The former hunting ground of Scottish monarchs, the park covers 263 hectares of varied landscape, including crags, moorland and loch, and the 251m summit of Arthur's Seat. Holyrood Park can be circumnavigated by car or bike along Queen's Drive. If the weather is right be sure to set aside a couple of hours to take the hike up Arthurs Seat to get marvellous views across the city and see the Scottish Parliament from a birds eye view.

“Fantastic 360 degree view of Edinburgh! Hike is relatively easy except for a few steep slopes near the top. Go for sunrise or sunset. It can get hot during midday as all trails are totally exposed.” (Trip Advisor)

4. Take a Murder Mystery Walking Tour of Edinburgh

Take a look at Edinburgh's dark side, including tales of witchcraft, plague and torture on this Murder and Mystery Walking Tour of Edinburgh. Visit the scenes of many horrific tortures, murders and supernatural happenings as you walk along eerie alleyways and creepy courtyards of the Old Town. Your ghostly guide will blend history with humour and facts with fables, while "jumper-ooters" provide guaranteed ghastly appearances.

5. Visit the National Museum of Scotland

For a free day out you can spend literally hours in the National Museum of Scotland, located on Chambers Street come and find the amazing exhibits, fun for all the family.

“I'm not really a museum person, but I could have spent all day in this one! A wonderful collection of exhibits covering the history of Scotland.”  (Trip Advisor)