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Heriot Watt University: Rankings, Fees, Programs, Placements

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About Heriot Watt University

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Pound 8 million
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Q:   How is Heriot Watt University?


Heriot-Watt University is a world-class university and some of the factors like student satisfaction, research performance, its quality of teaching contribute to its status. Some of the subjects that are ranked well in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023 are given below:

  • Ranked 12 in the world: Petroleum Engineering
  • Top 200 worldwide for 3 subjects: Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Petroleum Engineering

Some of the reasons to study at Heriot-Watt University are:

  • Students get a chance to learn from world-leading academics
  • Scholarships are available
  • Students are going to develop lifelong connections

Q:   How many international students are at Heriot-Watt University?


Heriot-Watt University is one of the most diverse and vibrant universities having one-third of international students. Heriot-Watt University has over 10,500 staff and students from across the UK and around the world. Heriot-Watt University has one of the most diverse and vibrant international student communities with one-third of the total students at UK campuses coming from outside the UK. As per HESA, 22% of the total students are international students and 7% of students are from the EU.


Q:   Is Heriot Watt University hard to get into?


Heriot Watt University has an overall acceptance rate of around 80% which makes it somewhat selective for admissions of international students. Some of the general requirements to receive admission at the university are given as follows:

  • UCAS personal Statement 
  • Letter of Recommendations
  • Average GPA requirements 
  • High School Ranks 

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Q:   Are international students at Heriot-Watt University eligible for scholarships?


Yes, international students studying at Heriot-Watt are eligible for scholarships awarded by the university. One of the scholarships awarded to international students is Postgraduate Merit Award. Students are automatically considered for this scholarship if they meet the academic criteria. No additional application process is there for this scholarship. Read: Popular Scholarships to Study in UK for Indian Students 


Q:   Does Heriot-Watt University offers scholarships for international students?


Yes, Heriot-Watt University offers a variety of scholarships for international students. The university is providing over GBP 500,000 in scholarships to international students enrolling in Sep 2022 or Jan 2023. Some popular scholarships given to international students are:

  • Alumni Discount Scheme Centre for Social and Economic Data Analytics Scholarship
  • Club Performance Scholarships Funds for Women Graduates (FFWG) grants
  • Individual Sports Scholarships

Heriot Watt University Admission Dates 2024

  • Application fees :Pound 18
  • Type of deadline :Depends on course
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Q:   How long does it take to get an offer letter from Heriot-Watt University?


For undergraduate courses, Heriot-Watt University aims to make decisions typically around Mid-May for the applications submitted in January. These decisions will be available on UCAS Track. In the case of postgraduate applications, all applications are carefully considered by the appropriate staff in the relevant school and the applicants are going to receive a response as soon as possible. For some programs, where the volume of applications is too high, the applicants should hear back from Heriot-Watt University within 6 weeks.


Q:   How to get into Heriot-Watt University?


Heriot-Watt University entry requirements for Indian students are given below:

Undergraduate Admission

  • For most subjects, Heriot-Watt University requires an overall 70% in Year 12 state board high school examinations and at least 70% in the relevant subjects
  • For students taking the West Bengal State Board examinations, the passing marks required by the university is 65%

For other courses, the percentage required in Year 12 state board high school examinations is given below:


Percentage Required

Computer Science

65% overall in Year 12 state board high school examinations with 65% for Maths


70% overall in Year 12 state board high school examinations with 70% for Maths

Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics

75% overall in Year 12 state board high school examinations with 80% for Maths

Postgraduate Courses

  • For most of the master’s level programs, Heriot-Watt University requires a good first degree in a relevant subject. From most Indian Universities, this means having an overall score of 55% or above
  • Also, the university will consider students whose grades are slightly lower than this  (52% or above) from the Universities of Delhi / Mumbai / Madras / Calcutta / Pune / Bangalore / Rajasthan. The consideration shall also depend on other factors like any relevant work experience, quality of references, etc.

Note: International students are also required to meet the English language proficiency requirements


Q:   What are the admission deadlines for Heriot-Watt University for international students?


Heriot-Watt University takes undergraduate admissions through UCAS and postgraduate admissions through its online application portal. There are no general admission deadlines for all postgraduate courses. Some popular courses may have a deadline for that students are advised to check the course page. Unless the course page advises otherwise, international students must apply at least 6 weeks before teaching begins for that course.

UCAS 2024 Entry Admission Deadline



2024 entry courses appear in the search tool

 May 2, 2024

Undergraduate applications for 2024 can be started

May 16, 2024

Deadline for the majority of the courses

Jan 31, 2024


Heriot Watt University Tuition Fees, Duration & Eligibility 2024

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Courses1st Year Tuition FeesDuration & Eligibility
MBA/PGDM(38 courses)
INR 17 L - 67 L
Duration12 months-2 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6 - 6.5, PTE: 58 - 68
M.Sc.(36 courses)
INR 17 L - 32 L
Duration12 months-2 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above, PTE: 58 - 68
MS(33 courses)
INR 17 L - 32 L
Duration12 months-2 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6 - 6.5, PTE: 58 - 68
B.Sc.(24 courses)
INR 17 L - 26 L
Duration4-5 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6 - 6.5, PTE: 50 - 65
B.E. / B.Tech(21 courses)
INR 17 L - 26 L
Duration4-5 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6 - 6.5, PTE: 50 - 65
BBA(11 courses)
INR 17 L - 21 L
Duration4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6 & Above, PTE: 50 - 65
B.A.(6 courses)
INR 17 L - 21 L
Duration4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6 & Above, PTE: 50 - 65
M.Des(2 courses)
INR 21 L - 26 L
Duration12 months-1 year
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above, PTE: 58 - 68
B.Arch(1 course)
INR 19 L
Duration4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6 & Above, PTE: 65 & Above
M.A.(3 courses)
INR 17 L - 21 L
Duration1 year
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above, PTE: 58 - 68
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Q:   How much does it cost to study at Heriot-Watt University?


or some of the popular courses, Heriot-Watt University tuition fees for international students are given below:


1st Year Tuition Fees

MS (32 Courses)

INR 16.65 L - 30.83 L

MIM (35 Courses)

INR 15.85 L - 30.83 L

BE / BTech (20 Courses)

INR 15.07 L - 21.18 L

MBA/PGDM (2 Courses)

INR 22.64 L

BSc (24 Courses)

INR 15.07 L - 21.18 L

BBA (11 Courses)

INR 15.07 L - 17.58 L

M.Arch (1 Course)

INR 16.65 L

Others PG (3 Courses)

INR 16.65 L - 17.81 L

MDes (2 Courses)

INR 16.65 L - 21.41 L

MA (1 Course)

INR 16.65 L

Also Read: Cost of Studying in UK for Indian Students 

Cost of Living: To budget the expenses, students can get an idea about the living expenses from the table given below:  

Living on-campus (Approximate – Jan 2020)


Cost (Monthly)

Hall fees

From EUR 500 to EUR 735

Food / Toiletries / Laundry

EUR 175


EUR 140

Mobile phone

EUR 25

Books and equipment



EUR 1.80 per bus journey into the city centre

Living Expenses




EUR 450


EUR 175


EUR 140

Gas / electricity

EUR 50


EUR 48 for 4 weekly bus pass

Mobile phone & internet connection

EUR 35

Books & equipment



Students Ratings & Reviews

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Vibe of Campus
  • Multi-dimensional
  • Friendly
  • Academically oriented
  • Fun loving
Student Views
  • 60% students never faced discrimination in this university
Part time work4.3
Post study jobs4
Quality of faculty4.7
Student Life5
Value for money4
Public transportation4.3
Indian Food4.3
Permanent Immigration4
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MSc Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying - Batch of 2023
Heriot-Watt university where safety, peace and future lies ahead
Tips: First of all life and the thought process change after coming to a different country. Britain is a place where most people are open-minded hence coming from a religious background makes us think as normal human beings. I got a scholarship of 1500 pounds from my university for an interview that they conducted before providing CAS. University life was so good that never made me regret it during my entire course. United Kingdom is a place where nature is touched with development so the feel while living in Edinburgh is perfect. The course and the study structure are so good that enable us to get a deep understanding of the course as well as prepares us for the current engineering situation.
Likes (Student Life): I study at Heriot-Watt University at Edinburgh, the university is situated towards the countryside which has a nice view. This provides the peaceful experience that I and other students have at the university. Each day we would go to the university for our daily classes and is most enjoyable when we are friends with the professor. Our university conducts different events. The most fun is the beer festival which of course is one good experience. Participation in the events depends on our classes and the timing of the events. There are different student clubs that are active all throughout the year.
Dislikes (Post study jobs): There are wide variety of jobs here in UK which can obviously be found in the largest job-serving platform called "indeed". No matter what the job is the candidate must go through the interview process. The hiring people look into the candidate's capability of doing the work and the ability to adapt to their environment. The minimum wage in UK is 10.42 pounds so usually the starting salary range is around 21000 pounds. As we all know each job has its own value and the pay of the job lies in parallel to the nature of the work done. One thing I like to point out is about visa sponsorship, many companies offer work visa sponsorship and the number of companies that offer Tier-2 work visas is growing day by day. All the details of it can be found on the official website of UK Visa and Immigration. The chance of getting an offer for visa sponsorship depends on the candidate's performance in the company.
Reviewed on 10 May 2023Read more
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MSc in Construction Project Management - Batch of 2023
One of the best experience
Tips: There are scholarships provided at the start of the admission. You need to ask about those. The university is very particular about the assignments. Lots of skills are polished. Personality is developed overall. The country and university are really safe for students.
Likes (Student Life): There are lots of activities present in the student union. The library has an immense collection of books. The student union weekly has some other activities for students to keep them engaged. Games night, movies are also planned to make you feel less homesick.
Dislikes (Internships): The university helps in the preparation of CV and cover letter for applications. It helps you in interview preparation. They do not give interview opportunities. There are no on-campus placement options. The student has to take their own efforts to grab any internship.
Reviewed on 9 May 2023Read more
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Bachelor of Business Administration, BBA - Batch of 2015
Helpful teachers at Heriot Watt University.
Tips: Students can expect a great time studying here. The campus is amazing, classrooms are upbeat and equipped with modern technology. Faculty is up to the mark. Just hunt out for cheaper accommodation if you can near the campus to save on traveling cost.
Likes (Quality of faculty): The teachers are great here. Very helpful when it comes to taking special classes and attending student queries. They have a great sync-up with students and encourage doubts even after classes. Every professor is highly acclaimed and qualified to deliver great learning.
Dislikes (Value for money): The university is quite expensive when it comes to transportation and living. I am living with my relatives but still due to lack of time for pursuing part time opportunities, the cost goes way higher for students with a tight monthly budget. Fee is high as well.
Reviewed on 17 Aug 2022Read more
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BSc (Hons) Data Sciences - Batch of 2023
Best campus experience. Good opportunities at HERIOT WATT UNIVERSITY.
Tips: With the number of international students here, it's a very easy transition just the weather is a little cold so be prepared for that. Other than that, feel right at home! Scholarships are available if you apply for them early on in the process. Overall, quite happy with my choice of course and the HERIOT WATT University is a beautiful place to live, would definitely consider studying here. Likes;- The university has a job board through which students can apply for part-time jobs and internships. However, they should also check LinkedIn regularly for any new openings. Often, professors and university staff post vacancies on LinkedIn as well as emails, so keep a tab on your emails as well. Dislikes;-Hostel may improve the taste of food.
Reviewed on 27 Nov 2023Read more
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MSc Business Strategy, Leadership and Change - Batch of 2023
This university is worth for money and a respectable one in Edinburgh.
Tips: Do research about your course details correctly before selecting one, go through the entire website for courses, accommodation and the living culture. Talk to the seniors if have chance to contact them. Join groups in social media to find the information.
Likes (Safety): High safety rules and always monitored in the city and inside university. Good ethical safety culture maintained in the university. No need to worry on getting lost inside university as you can find security officials everywhere who can guide you.
Dislikes (Indian Food): If you can self cook, then you have no issues, if not then getting native food is expensive. You can still get ready to eat food inside university but not in large volume. If you have good baggage weight then pack good amount of packed foods from India itself.
Reviewed on 29 Sep 2022Read more
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Heriot Watt University Job Outcomes

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Q:   What is the employment rate at Heriot Watt University?


According to the Graduate Outcomes Survey 2023, Heriot Watt University had a graduation rate of 84.2% where the students have either been employed or have chosen further studies within six months of their graduation. Some of the placement highlights at the university during 2022 are given as follows:



Students Employed


(within three months after graduation)

Graduate Jobs


Career Outcome Rate


Average Salary 

GBP 69,800

Top Recruiting Firms 

TCS, Microsoft, Apple, etc.


Heriot Watt University Rankings 2024

B++Overall University Grade
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Electronics EngineeringB++
Business EconomicsA
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Q:   Which is better; University of Strathclyde or Heriot Watt University?


The comparative QS rankings of University of Strathclyde and Heriot Watt University are given as follows:

Year University of StrathclydeHeriot Watt University

Q:   Which is better; University of Dundee or Heriot Watt University?


The comparative world rankings of University of Dundee and Heriot Watt University are given as follows:

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Heriot Watt University Studying in UK

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Q:   What are the popular programs in UK for international students?


The universities in the UK have offered a range of undergraduate and graduate courses to international students every year. However, some of the courses are very popular among the students. Some of these programs are given as follows:

  • Economics
  • Finance and Accountancy 
  • Computer Sciences 
  • Civil Engineering 
  • History 
  • Languages and Philosophy 
  • Biology 

Q:   What are some of the highlights of studying in the UK?


The UK offers an excellent academic experience for students who are looking to learn in some of the world-leading Universities that are known for high quality of academics and research. Some of the highlights of studying in the UK for international students are given as follows:



Number of Universities in the UK

More than 160 

Cost of Studying in the UK (per year)

GBP 8,000 - GBP 38,000

Cost of Living in the UK (per month)

GBP 1,000 - GBP 1,800

Top 5 Universities (QS)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, Harvard University, Stanford University 


Q:   How can international students get visa in the UK?


International students can apply for one particular UK student visa irrespective of their level of study, but of course, the student visa fee varies and so does the duration. The 3 types of visa offered by universities in the UK are the Short Term Study Visa; Student Visa and the Child Student Visa. The eligibility requirements for UK student visa are given as follows:

  • Must have received an offer for a full-time course and from a licensed student sponsor
  • Must have sufficient financial resources to support themselves during the course duration
  • Must be able to speak, write and understand English
  • If the student is a minor, they will require to give proof of consent from their guardians. 

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Heriot Watt University FAQs

Q:   How many campuses does Heriot-Watt University have?

Heriot-Watt University have five campuses across the world - three in the United Kingdom and two abroad. Three UK campuses of Heriot-Watt University are in Edinburgh, Scottish Borders and Orkney. Also, the university has two international campuses in Dubai and Malaysia. Heriot-Watt University is organized into six schools: Edinburgh Business School; School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure & Society; School of Engineering & Physical Sciences; School of Mathematical & Computer Sciences; School of Social Sciences, and School of Textiles & Design.


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Answered 9 months ago

The entry requirements for Heriot-Watt University MSc Business Analytics and Consultancy course are given below:

  • A good Honors degree (first or second class), or its non-UK equivalent, in a relevant subject from a recognised British or overseas university
  • From most Indian Universities, an overall scor


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Heriot-Watt University Business Analytics and Consultancy course will allow students to develop the skills that are highly valued by today’s employers. These employers seek graduates with the decision skills to inform and manage transformational change, including the use of data-driven, evidence-bas


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The details about Heriot watt university application are given below:

Undergraduate Admissions

  • Applications to undergraduate courses at Heriot-Watt University are to be made online through UCAS
  • To complete the UCAS application, enter the required details such as personal, educational, employment, etc.


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Answered 9 months ago

Heriot-Watt University entry requirements for MSc International Business Management are given below:

  • A 2:1 honors degree, or its non-UK equivalent, in a relevant subject from a recognised British or overseas university
  • English language proficiency score: IELTS with a 6.5 score or equivalent with no co


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Fill out and submit the online application form of Heriot-Watt University. Once the application status shows as ‘submitted’, the applicants can then proceed to upload the supporting documents. The supporting documents that are required to complete Heriot-Watt University application for graduate cour


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