About us

The School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS) provides a collaborative research and teaching environment organised into our six institutes:

  • The Institute of Sustainable Building Design (ISBD)
  • The Institute for Infrastructure and Environment (IIE)
  • The Institute of Life and Earth Sciences (ILES)
  • The Institute of GeoEnergy Engineering (IGE)
  • Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research (I-SPHERE)
  • The Urban Institute (TUI)

In addition to our six institutes, the International Centre for Island Technology (ICIT), is a specialised arm of the Institute of Life and Earth Sciences.

Our programmes

Within our core disciplines we offer both undergraduate and postgraduate students research-led programmes of study providing professional accredited qualifications. Our programmes are often highly rated in national surveys. Consequently, our graduates are highly sought after by employers.

We pride ourselves on our international activities, offering a sub-set of our study programmes on our Dubai Campus and our Malaysia Campus and most of our postgraduate programmes through our Independent Distance Learning option, which facilitates study in any country in the world. Another option for international students wishing to obtain a Heriot-Watt University degree is to study with one of our Approved Learning Partners (ALPs).

We strive for excellence in our support to all students studying with us and our staff are committed to providing educational and professional support that is fair, friendly and timely.

Our rankings
League Table Heriot-Watt ranking
Guardian University League tables 2019 1st in Scotland for Building and Town & Country Planning. Top 10 in UK for Building and Town and Country Planning.
National Student Survey 2018 Civil Engineering ranked 10th in the UK with 91% of students satisfied overall with their course.
Complete University Guide 2020 Ranked 1st in Scotland for Building, 2nd in Scotland for Town and Country Planning.
QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019 Ranked in the top 150 universities worldwide for Civil Engineering.

To learn more about Heriot-Watt's rankings, please visit Our Rankings page.

Our research

Our six research institutes carry out work in the fields that are relevant to industry and society, including topical issues such as:

  • Carbon capture and storage
  • Flood risk management
  • Health research
  • High speed rail
  • Housing markets
  • Low carbon buildings
  • Marine and coastal research
  • Petroleum engineering and geoscience
  • Policy, poverty and social exclusion

We pride ourselves on our outward looking approach to research, typified by our strategic collaborations with the University of Edinburgh through the Edinburgh Research Partnership in Engineering (ERPE) and the strategic Research Alliance with the University of Edinburgh.

In collaboration with the Royal Academy of Engineering, the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society is a recognised Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design. This is one of four such Centres established at UK universities that jointly form a national network to demonstrate and exchange best practice in teaching and research for the sustainable built environment.

REF 2021

The UK's Research Excellence Framework (REF) of 2021 classed 86.8% of our research and 88.6% of our research outputs ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Key information

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