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About Heriot Watt University

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Year of establishment1821
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Also Known AsHWU
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Size of Campus in acres380
UG/PG Course Ratio1.26
Endowments ValuePound Sterling 8 million
No.of Campuses3
Accommodation expenses6360 Pound for 1 sharing (UG),6150 Pound for 1 sharing (PG)
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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 can I get into Heriot-Watt University as an international student?


Heriot-Watt University offers a variety of undergraduate, postgraduate and academic English courses to international students. If you are applying for an undergraduate course at the UK campus of Heriot-Watt University, then international students should apply online through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS). Meanwhile for postgraduate courses and undergraduate courses at the campus of Heriot-Watt University other than the UK should apply directly through the university’s website.


Q:   Is Heriot-Watt easy to get into?


A few of the unofficial sources claim Heriot-Watt University acceptance rate is 60%, whereas,  some others claim that it is over 70%, and some claim that it is between 80% - 85%. In context to admission to the undergraduate courses, Heriot-Watt University has specified that it weighs the academic record on a high level. Also, the university wants students who demonstrate a strong commitment to the relevant degree program.

But, note that Heriot-Watt University has also specified that not all the applicants have had the same educational opportunities, so it considers each application individually and on its own merits, as well as, applicants meeting the minimum academic entry requirements. Admissions tutors shall carefully consider the following factors while making admission decisions:

  • UCAS personal statement
  • References
  • Background circumstances

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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 16 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
MIM(36 courses)
INR 16 L - 32 L
Duration12 months-2 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above, PTE: 58 - 68
B.E. / B.Tech(20 courses)
INR 17 L - 25 L
Duration4-5 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6 & Above, PTE: 50 - 65
B.Sc.(24 courses)
INR 17 L - 25 L
Duration4-5 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6 - 6.5, PTE: 50 - 58
BBA(11 courses)
INR 17 L - 21 L
Duration4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6 & Above, PTE: 50 - 65
B.Arch(1 course)
INR 18 L
Duration4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6 & Above, PTE: 65 & Above
B.A.(6 courses)
INR 17 L - 21 L
Duration4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6 & Above, PTE: 50 & Above
M.A.(3 courses)
INR 17 L - 20 L
Duration1 year
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above, PTE: 58 & Above
M.Des(2 courses)
INR 17 L - 26 L
Duration12 months-1 year
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 6.5 & Above, PTE: 58 & Above
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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



Q:   What documents do I need for Heriot-Watt application?


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. At last, pay and send the application fee
  • Some of the documents required are academic transcripts, CV / resume, personal statement, letter of recommendation, etc.

Postgraduate Admissions

  • For Heriot-Watt University admissions to postgraduate courses, students can apply to the university’s online application form
  • The supporting documents that have to be submitted are academic transcripts, a copy of the picture page of the passport, degree certificates, English language proficiency test score. Additional documents that will be required in some cases include a statement of purpose, CV, academic reference, etc.

Q:   Does Heriot-Watt require IELTS?


To study at Heriot-Watt University, students are required to prove their level of English language ability as a part of the application process. Check the English language test scores required by Heriot-Watt University from the table given below:


Required Scores for UG Courses (Direct)

Required Scores for PG Courses (Direct)

IELTS (Academic)

6.0 with no score lower than 5.5

6.5 with no score lower than 6.0

PTE Academic

65 (minimum 59)

68 (minimum 63)


79 (including Reading 18, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21)

85 (including Reading 20, Listening 19, Speaking 20 and Writing 21)


Q:   How much is Heriot-Watt University application fee for international students?


As such, Heriot-Watt University has not specified application fee for graduate courses. In case of admission to the undergraduate courses, the applicants are required to apply via UCAS. So, to apply for the undergraduate courses, the applicants have to pay the application fee as mentioned at UCAS. To pay the application fee, the applicants can use a credit card or debit card.


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  • 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
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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.
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MSc in Construction Project Management - Batch of 2023
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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.
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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.
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BSc (Hons) Data Sciences - Batch of 2023
PlacementsInfrastructureFacultyCrowd & Campus LifeValue for Money
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.
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MSc Business Strategy, Leadership and Change - Batch of 2023
PlacementsInfrastructureFacultyCrowd & Campus LifeValue for Money
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.
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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:

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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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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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Heriot-Watt University entry requirements for MSc in Data Science course are given below:

  • A good Honors degree with a substantial academic component of Computing or IT which includes the study of databases and programming
  • English language requirements: IELTS with 6.5 overall, and no component score lo


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