Social Sciences

The School of Social Sciences at Heriot-Watt University comprises of Edinburgh Business School, the Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies and the Department of Psychology. 

Our degrees are taught by experienced professionals and highly regarded academics. We are industry-focused, embrace a truly international outlook, and are proud to produce high-calibre graduates who are ready to go out into the world and make a difference.

Prof. Robert MacIintosh - Head of School

Social Sciences is the largest of four academic schools at Heriot-Watt University and we provide teaching and research across our core disciplines:

  • The Edinburgh Business School: Accountancy, Finance, Economics, Marketing, Strategy and Enterprise, HRM and Law.
  • Languages and Intercultural Studies
  • Psychology

In addition to all of our degree programmes; we have an internationally renowned Pre-Sessional English Language course. Our PhD programme is well established and highly successful.

A truly global outlook

Everything we do within the School of Social Sciences has a truly global outlook. Many of our programmes are delivered across Heriot- Watt’s three main campuses in Edinburgh, Dubai and Malaysia, offering you the exciting opportunity to transfer between our worldwide locations for one or more semester. This is our unique and hugely popular Go Global project. Beyond Go Global, we have excellent links and collaborative partnerships in leading business and language schools all over the world including student exchange programmes with universities in North America, Europe and Australia.

Teaching, research and scholarship

We are internationally recognised for the quality of teaching and research across the school. As an undergraduate student you will be taught by leading academics who, in many cases, have published the research which shapes your discipline and written the books which will guide your learning. Many members of staff balance their teaching time with continued professional practice as translators, interpreters, practitioner psychologists, tax and finance specialists, and management consultants. This brings real-world experience into the classroom. Our Postgraduate Online learners at The Edinburgh Business School will have teaching resources created for them by our leading academics, and will be joining a community of on-line and on campus learners in Scotland’s largest business school.

The School has a vibrant research community which includes over 100 PhD students. Our academics are involved in a range of research and consultancy work funded by international agencies such as ESRC, EU, EBRD, World Bank, industry, commerce and government both