Research 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.

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:

Inter-university Centres for Doctoral Training

Heriot-Watt leads or participates in eight inter-university CDTs with funded places available:


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.

The University offers annual James Watt Scholarships, approximately 80 each year, for well-qualified applicants. Other competitive funding is available such as RCUK funded Doctoral Training Awards.

Other opportunities

Key information