Heriot-Watt University

United Kingdom


Heriot-Watt University is a leading Scottish research institution located in Edinburgh.

Founded in 1821 as the world's first mechanics institute, it maintains an excellent international reputation in engineering and the sciences.

It forms part of the 39 oldest universities in the UK which were established in a second wave after the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

The university was named International University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide in 2018.

What is the acceptance rate for Heriot-Watt University?

The Heriot-Watt University acceptance rate is between 80-85%.

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86.8% of Heriot-Watt University’s research and 88.6% of its research outputs have been ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent according to REF 2021. Its world-leading research focuses on finding solutions to major global challenges through significant international collaborations and connectivity to business.

Heriot-Watt University was named International University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. It has also won an award from the Scottish Council of Development and Industry because of its international focus.

 Whether you are based in the stunning Scottish borders region or in the heart of Scottish capital Edinburgh, there’s plenty to see and do here. Edinburgh is one of the world’s top 20 student cities and is home to so much history and culture for international students to explore.


95% of Heriot-Watt students are in employment or further study within six months of graduation and the university is ranked joint 17th in the UK and 1st in Scotland for graduate salaries. This is from The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide. Heriot-Watt students and graduates benefit from professional, impartial and confidential careers advice and guidance from specialist Careers Advisers. The Careers Advisory Service can help international students find a part-time job while they study, or seasonal employment for the holidays. It can also offer advice on work experience, placements and internships.



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