Heriot-Watt University

Founded in 1821 as the world’s first mechanics institute, Heriot-Watt has a rich heritage and an established reputation as a leading research-led university and provider of education around the world.


Heriot Watt University Fact Sheet

Fast facts


  • Edinburgh, Scotland

Number of students

  • 30,000


  • 12,600


  • School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society
  • School Engineering and Physical Sciences
  • School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
  • School of Social Sciences
  • School of Textiles and Design
  • Edinburgh Business School
  • Institute of Petroleum Engineering

Key strengths in teaching and research

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics
  • Building and Town & Country Planning
  • Business Management & Marketing
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Lingusitics
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Petroleum Geoscience


82% of the research is assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent.


in Scotland

THE Table of Tables, 2015


in the UK for industry connections

Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey, 2017


in UK to study Economics

Guardian University Guide, 2018


A UNESCO World Heritage. Edinburgh is the 18th best student city in the UK and the capital city of Scotland.

Friendly and cosmopolitan, Edinburgh blends old and new making it the perfect study destination full of history and diversity.

Climb to the top of Edinburgh’s hills and be enchanted by what has inspired thinkers for generations, walk the city’s cobbled streets or visit the countryside and the coastline of the Loathians and have the best of both worlds.

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Programmes on the spotlight

BA British Sign Language (Interpreting, Translating and Applied Language Students)

It’s the first BSL programme of its kind in Scotland which is studied at a professional level.

The programme focuses on practical and applied language skills, interpreting and translating skills, communication studies, linguistics, translation and interpreting studies and Deaf studies.

Accredited by the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI) and the National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People (NRCPD) for the purpose of fulfilling the educational requirements to become a Registered Sign Language Interpreter.



Heriot-Watt offers university scholarships for overseas students. To get further information, please contact us.

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