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Heriot-Watt UniversityEdinburgh View All Courses
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Background and HistoryHeriot-Watt prides itself on being the UK's eighth-oldest university due to its founding in 1821 as the School of Arts of Edinburgh, though the institution only received university status in 1966. Offering mainly professional and vocational courses, Heriot-Watt is a small but close-knit community of just over 10,000 students. Although relatively small, Heriot-Watt punches above its weight in the university league tables, consistently beating many Russell Group members in both the Guardian and Times Higher Education rankings.
Location and Accessibility
Rail: The campus is about eight miles from the central railway stations, but is within walking distance of Curriehill rail station.
Road: Leave the M8 at Junction 1 and take the A71 westbound, on which you will almost immediately find a roundabout with a turnoff for the campus.
Bus: Numbers 25 and 34 go from the city centre to the campus approximately every fifteen minutes.
Disabled access: university buildings have access ramps and other facilities for disabled students. The university provides a detailed breakdown of its disabled facilities on www.disabledgo.com
What's on OfferBA, BSc, BEng, MPhys, BEng, MEng, MSc, MBA, MPhil, PhD, DBA, PgCert, PgDip.
Entry RequirementsAdmission to Heriot-Watt University is based on individual assessment and takes both formal qualifications and practical experience into account. For more detailed information, contact the recruitment and admissions office.
University AccommodationWith on-campus accommodation for 1,600 students, freshers are guaranteed a place to stay provided that they send off the relevant forms on time. All the on-campus accommodation is self-catered, and comes in the form of both flats and halls of residence. Prices vary depending upon the accommodation type.
Private AccommodationOne of the drawbacks of Heriot-Watt is its distance from the centre of Edinburgh, which can make the daily journey into uni a little longer than most students would like. That said, some students choose to live in nearby suburbs such as Currie.
Courses and Fees
Faculties and DepartmentsHeriot-Watt is made up of seven different faculties and schools: Edinburgh Business School, The School of the Built Environment, The School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, The School of Life Sciences, The School of Management and Languages, The School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences and The School of Textiles and Design.
Academic Strengths and Research ProfileThe university has a prestigious reputation in several different areas of research, including Chemistry, Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science, and is also an internationally known centre for training linguists. Heriot-Watt also scores highly for its teaching, more or less across the board.
Tuition FeesUndergraduate and Postgraduate tuition fees vary depending upon the course of study and are subject to change. It is therefore advisable to contact the university directly or visit their website for more information.
The university has introduced a range of bursaries to help students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland meet the rising cost of tuition fees, on top of its already healthy selection of scholarships and bursaries on offer.