About Heriot-Watt University Chinese and Scottish business people in a meeting
  • “We offer world-class research and teaching, plus a stimulating and supportive environment in which staff and students can excel.”

A reputation for excellence

With a proud history dating back to 1821, Heriot-Watt enjoys an unrivalled global reputation for excellence. Vibrant and forward-looking, with a strong international outlook, we offer:

  • World-class research and teaching
  • Experienced and dedicated staff, and
  • An excellent student experience

Around 25,000 students and academic partners currently study at Heriot-Watt, spread across campuses in Edinburgh, the Scottish Borders, Orkney, Dubai and Malaysia. Although geographically diverse, each location has one thing in common — a stimulating and supportive environment in which staff and students can excel in learning and research.

Our six academic schools and two postgraduate institutes offer over 400 programmes. And thanks to our many global partnerships, they also offer excellent opportunities for inter-campus transfers and study exchanges. The results speak for themselves, with consistently high performances in major university league tables.

But we don’t believe in resting on our laurels. Instead, we’re continually responding to the ever-changing modern landscape. We believe in building, developing and improving our key areas of expertise. By doing so, we can produce the next generation of leaders and thinkers — and make a real difference in the world.

Strong business links

At Heriot-Watt, we carefully nurture a culture of innovation and leadership. Within this committed community, everyone can realise their potential and develop their ambitions — researchers, staff and students alike. This integrated teaching and research approach leads to success outside the classroom too. Our strong links to business mean that we help employers actively seek out our graduates. And this focus on careers means we have an excellent reputation for graduate employability.