Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt has a reputation of creating and exchanging knowledge for the benefit of society, delivering teaching that is professionally relevant and careers-focused, and developing world leading, innovative research that provides practical solutions to contemporary issues. It provides a distinctive education and a high-quality student experience and now stands as a leading institution with an established reputation for high quality across both its teaching and research, continuing to grow as a university characterised by a commitment to excellence.
OUR PURPOSE From a pioneering institute born out of the Scottish Enlightenment in 1821, to a leader in transnational education, Heriot-Watt has become a global university through a commitment to its vision, mission and ethos.
OUR VISION Our vision is to be world leading within all our areas of specialism.
OUR MISSION Our mission is to create and exchange knowledge that benefits society.
OUR ETHOS We put our community of students, staff and alumni at the heart of everything we do. Our distinctive strengths will continue to build a global University that pioneers innovation in education, research and enterprise.

Facts and figures

Web https://www.hw.ac.uk
Year Established 1821
Total Number of Staff 2500
Number of Academic Staff 1115
Number of Students 27303
Focus Areas

Strategy 2025, entitled Shaping Tomorrow Together, continues to build on our heritage and expertise, our relevance and global presence. Heriot-Watt is a distinctive University with global reach and a proud history of providing access to education, ideas and solutions that make a real contribution to the world. Our strategy is all about shaping tomorrow together. It comprises four high-level themes that connect to our activities and which will guide how we will continue to pioneer in education, excel in research, build flourishing communities and develop our globally connected status. During more difficult times, we have been guided by the aims and goals set out in Strategy 2025, helping us to make difficult decisions as we adapt to circumstances. More than ever, we have been grateful for the clarity and direction this has provided for all across the University.

Web link for international students https://www.hw.ac.uk/uk/students/international.htm
Fields of Study Offered Basic/broad, general programmes
Craft skills
Arts (others)
Foreign languages
Social and behavioural science (broad programmes)
Sociology and cultural studies
Business and administration (broad programmes)
Finance, banking, insurance
Accounting and taxation
Environmental science
Life science (broad programmes)
Physical science (broad programmes)
Earth science
Physical science (others)
Mathematics and statistics (broad programmes)
Computer science
Computer use
Computing (broad programmes)
Engineering and engineering trades (broad programmes)
Electronics and automation
Chemical and process
Textiles, clothes, footwear, leather
Mining and extraction
Architecture and town planning
Building and civil engineering
Architecture and building (broad programmes)
Health (broad programmes)
Nursing and caring
Medical diagnostic and treatment technology
Health (others)
Transport services (broad programmes)
Natural environments and wildlife