Current opportunities

Postgraduate research degrees include PhD and EngD, DBA, MRes and MPhil.

Research projects are offered with supervisors who work at the cutting edge of contemporary topics, from the fundamental to the applied, in all of our disciplines.

Projects often involve working in research teams, with industry involvement, and many have collaborations with other leading research laboratories around the world.

First-class training is provided, focusing on the necessary support for career development.

Centres for Doctoral Training

Heriot-Watt leads four - and participates in a further four inter-university CDTs, with funded places available. For more information, please refer to the Centres for Doctoral Training web page.

Our PhD and EngD opportunities

School, Research Institute and Research Centre web pages provide detailed information on research and potential research project opportunities for PhD and EngD studies.

At our overseas campuses:


We offer a number of competitive funded scholarships for research degree studies. Full or partial support may be available for well-qualified candidates from UK research councils, research pools, charities, industry or the university's own scholarships including the annual James Watt Scholarships, approximately 80 each year, for well-qualified applicants.

Other competitive funding is available through the EPSRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnership.

External partner opportunities