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Heriot-Watt University

With a history dating back to 1821, Heriot-Watt University has a long and rich tradition of excellence and a proven track record of educating, inspiring and challenging the professionals of tomorrow.

Heriot-Watt is a global leader specialising in Engineering; Mathematics & Computer Science; Business; Languages; Life Sciences; Physical Sciences; Textiles & Design. Our distinctive focus on the practical application of knowledge and learning for the betterment of society is an essential characteristic of Heriot-Watt University. Throughout the last century our academic curriculum developed with a strong emphasis on the needs of industry. In the 21st century responding to the needs of business and industry continues to define Heriot-Watt's approach and we work in partnership with the professions to develop our programmes in accordance with their needs.

Heriot-Watt University has 5 campuses - three UK campuses (Edinburgh, Scottish Borders and Orkney) and two international campuses (Dubai and Malaysia). Known as Scotland’s International University 33% of students on our UK campuses come from some 123 countries outside the UK.

Heriot-Watt University was Scottish University of the Year in the Sunday Times University Guide for 2011/12 and 2012/13 - the first Scottish university to be awarded the accolade two years in a row.

School of Management & Languages

The School of Management & Languages is one of the largest academic Schools at Heriot-Watt. The School’s teaching, research and industry-facing activities fall broadly into the four main areas of:

  • Accountancy and Finance
  • Business Management
  • Economics
  • Languages and Intercultural Studies

The School has over 2000 students at our Edinburgh and Dubai campuses.  We also have a further 1500 students  studying worldwide for undergraduate degrees in business via the School’s distance-learning programme. With over 125 full-time academic staff the School is committed to providing students with a rich and varied learning environment in which students can fulfil their potential.

Graduates of the School have gone on to develop successful careers in organisations in all sectors of the economy and right across the world in places such as the USA, Hong Kong, Australia, Malaysia and Europe.

The School has very close links and maintains excellent beneficial relationships with industry, commerce and the relevant professional bodies. Many staff are involved in a range of research and consultancy work funded by agencies such as the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the European Union and World Bank. Results and findings from research being undertaken in our specialist research centres feed through into our postgraduate teaching, providing an invaluable synergy. Our world-leading research centres include:

Accountancy & Finance
  • Centre for Finance & Investment (CFI)
  • Accountancy Research Centre (ARC)
Business Management
  • Centre for Research on Work & Wellbeing (CroWW)
  • Logistics Research Centre (LRC)
  • Intercultural Research Centre (IRC)
  • Centre for Energy, Resource and Environmental Studies (CERES)
  • Spatial Economics and Econometrics Centre (SEEC)
Languages & Intercultural Studies
  • Centre for Translation & Interpreting Studies in Scotland (CTISS)
  • Intercultural Research Centre (IRC)


Edinburgh is one of the world's great cities and renowned as a centre of learning and discovery; studying here is a stimulating and inspirational experience. Edinburgh is world-famous for its festivals, devoted to theatre, film, books, music, science and politics, which attract 1.4 million visitors to the city each year.

Edinburgh offers a unique city environment. It's culturally diverse, historically significant, socially alive, environmentally aware, politically central and visually stunning. The centre of Edinburgh has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status in recognition of its stunning urban landscape in the medieval Old Town and the Georgian New Town. In addition, the city encompasses some striking modern architecture including the parliament building and the Museum of Scotland.

Edinburgh is a great city for student life. Students make up one fifth of the city's population, so you'll find a huge choice of places to hang out with friends and meet new people, and plenty of amenities catering for diverse interests and tastes.

To top it all, Edinburgh is lucky to have significant and magnificent green spaces: the impressive extinct volcano, Arthur's Seat, and its associated park, lie at the heart of the city. If that wasn't enough, Edinburgh has 112 public parks and more trees per person than any other British city.

You're also within easy striking distance of some of the world's most beautiful wild landscapes, from the Trossachs in the west and the Highlands in the north, to the Borders in the south.