Ranked 1st in the UK for Building (Complete University Guide 2021).
Ranked 1st in Scotland and 2nd in the UK for Building programmes (The Times / The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021).
Our courses are internationally recognised for the quality of its research and teaching with our graduates working for some of the largest construction and surveying companies in the world.
Our Construction Project Management course is one of the longest-running programmes of its kind in the UK.
Our degrees are recognised by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Our Construction Project Management degree is accredited by CIOB and RICS. Our Quantity Surveying degree is accredited by RICS.
Teaching and assessment
Teaching will include a combination of lectures, seminars, small group tutorials, field trips and project-based learning, including cross-disciplinary collaborative design project work. Assessment is mixed and varies from subject to subject; most are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination. In the final year, coursework – carried out through projects and research dissertations accounts for 50% of the final assessment.
In year 3, students have the opportunity to gain work experience via the Culture of External MENToring (CEMENT) scheme, which links students with professionals in practice to offer work placements, graduate employment opportunities and site visits.
There are International opportunities to study at our Malaysia campus through Heriot-Watt’s Go Global student programme and field trip opportunities to a European city to view the structure and architecture of local buildings.
In year 2 all students have the opportunity to participate in Constructionarium, which provides hands-on construction working alongside professional engineers and tradesmen to construct scaled down versions of bridges, buildings, dams and civil engineering projects from all around the world.
There is demand for project managers and surveyors globally, particularly in countries that have large and developing construction industries. Students develop valuable links with industry while working towards our degrees, ensuring that they are well prepared to meet the challenges involved in managing large-scale projects.
Our graduates work for some of the largest construction and surveying firms in the world, including BAM Nuttall, Morrison Construction, Balfour Beatty, Sir Robert McAlpine, Miller Construction, Davis Langdon, Morgan Sindall, Thomas & Adamson, Faithful+Gould and EC Harris as well as with smaller developers and the public sector.
Roles in which graduates are employed vary widely and include quantity surveyor, graduate engineer and site manager. Recent alumni have gone on to work overseas in countries ranging from Norway to the United Arab Emirates.