Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt is a research-led and predominantly technological university based in the city of Edinburgh. It is relatively specialised in Engineering, Mathematics, Business Management and Finance, Built Environment, Physical Sciences, and Modern Languages, including world-leading specialities in Petroleum Engineering, Actuarial Mathematics, Photonics Science and Technology, and Interpreting and Translating. Heriot-Watt also has an outstanding School of Textiles and Design at a separate campus in the Scottish Borders. The University has approximately 750 academic and research staff and 9,000 students, of whom over 2,400 are postgraduates including 700 research students, at its Scottish campuses. Heriot-Watt University also has a rapidly growing branch campus in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with approximately 3,500 undergraduate and taught postgraduate students across the range of its subject areas, and is opening a new campus in Putrajaya in Malaysia in 2014. The University also has a large programme of international distance learning, including the Edinburgh Business School MBA, the largest of its type in the world, and is also particularly active in transnational education through a number of learning partner organisations which teach Heriot-Watt University programmes in approximately 50 locations on all continents. Altogether these bring Heriot-Watt’s student population to over 30,000.

Heriot-Watt University vision is to be world leading in all its specialist areas of science, engineering, technology and business. Our mission is to create and exchange knowledge for the benefit of society. We shall strengthen research intensity in fields of economic and societal benefit; provide truly global education while maintaining our Scottish roots; and deliver excellent student experience and highly employable graduates.

Foundation year: 1966
Short name: Heriot-Watt
Type: Public
Students: 9160
Faculty: 550
Faculty/Students Ratio: 17:1
Region: Europe
Location: Edinburgh