Heriot-Watt is currently ranked 2nd in the UK for Architecture, Built Environment and Planning by the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment*. 

We are ranked 5th in the UK for Town and Country Planning in the Complete University Guide 2021. 

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Study our building courses in a centre of excellence

Our online Building course is delivered by our Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design, a leading body recognised by the Royal Academy of Engineering. This is one of four such centres established at UK universities, and the only one in Scotland, that jointly form a national network to demonstrate and exchange best practice in teaching and research for the sustainable built environment.

Study planning and design courses at The Urban Institute  

Our planning and urban design courses are delivered by The Urban Institute.

Professionally accredited

Our online Building course is accredited by the Energy Institute (EI) and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).

Select each Planning and Urban Design course for further details on accreditation. 

Access industry expertise

Courses benefit from an industrial advisory panel which provides guidance and advice, ensuring our course content is relevant, high quality and continues to fulfil employers’ needs.

Please note that the Urban Strategies and Design course is a joint programme with the University of Edinburgh and applications to this programme are managed by the University of Edinburgh. 

*Ref2014 outcomes