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

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Study our building courses in a centre of excellence

Our Building courses are delivered by our prestigious Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design which is one of four such centres established by the Royal Academy of Engineering at UK universities, and the only one in Scotland.

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 Institute of Building (CIOB).

All Planning and Urban Design courses are accredited by the relevant professional bodies, such as the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Each course page details more information on accreditation.

Access industry expertise

All 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.

Of note, the Urban Strategies and Design MSc is a joint programme with the University of Edinburgh. 
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