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Heriot-Watt University
#61 Overall Ranking in UK
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About Heriot-Watt University

Established in 1821 and the UK’s 8th oldest university, Heriot-Watt University is the world's first mechanics institution. It is divided into 6 schools:-

  • Energy
  • Geo-science
  • Infrastructure and Society
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Mathematical and Computer Sciences
  • Textiles and Design

Due to the great performance and international focus on it's education quality, Heriot-Watt has won an award from the Scottish Council of Development and Industry. Also, Times Higher Education named Heriot-Watt as "International University of the Year" in 2018.


The university has five campuses located in:-

  • Edinburgh
  • The Scottish Borders
  • Orkney
  • Dubai
  • Malaysia

If students wish to study abroad for a period of time, they are granted with inter-campus transfers or transfer through the Erasmus program. They would still be able to receive the same education quality while experiencing different cultures in different countries.

University Subjects Ranking

  • 7 Chemistry
  • 8 Mechanical Engineering
  • 10 Civil Engineering
  • 17 Building and town and country planning
  • 22 Chemical Engineering
  • 24 Business, Management & Marketing
  • 24 Economics
  • 25 Mathematics
  • 36 Electronic & Electrical Engineering
(Guardian University League 2020)

Popular Courses

MEng Engineering

Duration: 5 years (3/4 years BEng programmes + 1/2 years specialised route). Fees: £19,400 per year Intakes: September
Heriot-Watt is ranked in the world's top #150 for Chemical Engineering and Civil Engineering, with Electrical Engineering placed in the world's top #200.

BSc (Hons) Mathematical, Statistical and Actuarial Sciences

Duration: 4 years  Fees: ££15,080 per year Intakes: September
Mathematics at Heriot-Watt is ranked 1st in Scotland and 5th in the UK for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2018. This degree combines material from the Mathematics and Actuarial Science courses, together with specialist actuarial and statistical skills. It also takes a wide-ranging approach to other areas of advanced mathematics. Students will be able to gain:-
  • Wide knowledge and understanding of modern mathematics
  • Detailed understanding of certain specific areas of mathematics
  • Ability to formulate and solve complex real-world problems in mathematical language
  • Flexible and rigorous approach to problem solving
  • Confidence in technical writing and communication

Career Opportunities

  • Business, research and administrative professionals
  • Business and public service associate professionals
  • Information technology and telecommunications professionals

BSc (Hons) Computer Science

Duration: 4 years  Fees: ££19,400 per year Intakes: September
Heriot-Watt's Computer Science Department has been delivering BCS-accredited programmes for more than 30 years. In this digitalised 21st century, computing is the key technology for all aspects in life. Almost everyone is touched by computers, either directly through work and home use of desktop systems, mobile devices, media players and toys, or indirectly through the multiple public and private agencies that depend on computers to deliver services to them. This course teaches students the skills to design sound computer-based solutions to real-world problems, strong foundation in contemporary computer science theory and practice and specialised knowledge in a focused field. Students have the opportunity to learn in practical environment and be career ready.

Courses Available

  • Computer Science BSc (Hons)
  • Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) BSc (Hons)
  • Computer Science (Cyber Security) BSc (Hons)
  • Computer Science (Data Science) BSc (Hons)
  • Computer Science (Games Programming) BSc (Hons)
  • Computer Science (Software Engineering) BSc (Hons)
  • Computer Systems BSc (Hons)
  • Computer Systems (Games Programming) BSc (Hons)
  • Information Systems BSc (Hons)
  • Information Systems (Interaction Design) BSc (Hons)
  • Information Systems (Internet Systems) BSc (Hons)
  • Information Systems (Management) BSc (Hons)
  • Software Engineering MEng

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