Heriot-Watt University

History

  • Originating from the School of Arts of Edinburgh, founded in 1821 as the world's first Mechanics Institute, Heriot-Watt is one of the oldest higher education institutions in the UK, and gained university status by Royal Charter in 1966.
  • Heriot-Watt University has established a reputation for world-class teaching and practical, leading-edge research, which has made us one of the top UK universities for business and industry.
  • International campuses opened in Dubai in 2005 and in Malaysia in 2013, offering students the unrivalled opportunity to transfer between campuses and obtain a truly global education.

Location and Transport

  • Heriot-Watt University has five campuses: three in the UK - Edinburgh, Scottish Borders and Orkney - one in Dubai and one in Malaysia.
  • The Edinburgh Campus combines a beautiful parkland site with all the attractions offered by one of the world's great cities. With Scotland's busiest airport and the UK’s largest train station outside of London, Edinburgh is easily accessible from both within the UK and internationally.
  • Home to the School of Textiles & Design our Scottish Borders Campus is located in the town of Galashiels. The Campus is an hour's drive from Edinburgh and there is a twice-daily shuttle bus between the Edinburgh and Scottish Borders Campuses. A new Scottish Borders rail route will open in September 2015, providing rail access from Galashiels to Edinburgh.
  • The International Centre for Island Technology is based at the Orkney Campus in Stromness. This is part of Heriot-Watt's School of Life Sciences.
  • Heriot-Watt University’s Dubai Campus is located in Dubai International Academic City (DIAC), approximately 20 minutes from the Dubai business district.
  • Heriot-Watt University Malaysia’s Campus is based in Putrajaya. The campus sits on 4.8 acres in a stunning lakeside location, close to the Putrajaya marina and its modern leisure and sports facilities.