Leaders in ideas and solutions
Heriot-Watt University’s main campus is set in 380 acres of parkland in Edinburgh, Scotland's beautiful and cosmopolitan capital city.
Its roots go back to 1821, when it was established as the world’s first Mechanics Institute in the belief that education should be available to everyone. Another first came in 1869 with the acceptance of women, more than 20 years before any other Scottish university. This pioneering thinking still drives its teaching and research today.
Scottish roots, international outlook
The University has five campuses including three in the UK - Edinburgh, Scottish Borders and Orkney - Dubai and Malaysia and over 30,000 students on its programmes worldwide. Ranked in the top 10% in the world for international outlook by THE, Heriot-Watt has the largest international cohort in Scotland with a third of its 9,000 students coming from outside the UK. Its Go Global programme offers students the unrivalled opportunity to transfer between campuses for a truly international education.
Big enough to attract leading academics but small enough to give students the chance to really learn directly from them, the university offers 400 industry-informed degree programmes in its specialist areas of science, engineering, energy, business, languages and design. Connections with industry at every level develop these to match professional needs so employers get work-ready, fit-for-industry graduates.
Global pioneers in research and innovation
Recognised for its world-class research that delivers real results with far-reaching impact, the REF 2014 ranked Heriot-Watt 9th university in the UK and 1st in Scotland for research impact with 82% of its research assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent.
Over 80% of its academics are engaged in this research, delivering ideas and solutions with real impact across society: using lasers to see around corners, innovating in sign language, designing the eco-friendly buildings of the future, enhancing oil extraction and securing low-carbon energy.
Knowledge creation and inter-disciplinary collaboration with academia and industry are core to remaining at the forefront of fields including energy, engineering, actuarial mathematics, photonics and robotics. Examples of research partnerships in areas of high economic and societal impact include:
Pioneering carbon storage
Leading research with global industry partners across the entire carbon capture and storage chain. Providing innovative solutions to reduce global carbon dioxide emissions and meet global energy demands.
Led by Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Robert M Buchan Chair in Sustainable Energy Engineering, Head of the Institute for Mechanical, Processing and Energy Engineering (IMPEE), Director of the pan-University Energy Academy
Revolutionising Cell Biology
Spearheading a revolution in cell biology to deepen our knowledge of the causes of a wide range of high-profile diseases, attracting scientific interest worldwide.
The Edinburgh Super Resolution Imaging Consortium (ESRIC) is a unique and unparalleled UK resource led by Professor Rory Duncan, Head of the Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering (IB3) in partnership with the University of Edinburgh’s Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine.