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Founded two hundred years ago as the world’s first mechanics institute, Heriot-Watt has a reputation for excellence and innovation within the field of engineering education. It is in the process of establishing a National Robotarium on its Riccarton campus, working in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh. One of its first research projects will bring together academics from a range of other top UK universities to research trust in autonomous systems, pooling expertise in robotics, cognitive science and psychology. It is claimed that the robotarium will be the largest and most advanced facility of its type in the UK and it will be a centre of excellence for research into robotics and AI.

Key Facts


  • #30 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022
  • #23 in the Complete University Guide 2022
  • #36 in the Guardian Good University Guide 2022

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • 8,000

Latest postgraduate enrolment

  • 3,000

Year founded

  • 1821

  • Heriot-Watt has five campuses across the world: Edinburgh, Scottish Borders, Orkney, Dubai and Malaysia. One third of its on-campus students studying in Scotland are from outside the UK, making Heriot-Watt one of the most internationally diversified of any UK university.
  • The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranked Heriot-Watt 22nd in the UK, with 82% of our research as world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • 95% of graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduation.
Areas of recognition

The Times Higher Education World subject rankings place Heriot Watt in the Top 100 universities globally for Engineering and Technology.

Within the UK, Heriot Watt has Top 10 rankings for the following subjects, according to the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022: Chemical Engineering (#3), Building (#4), Physics and Astronomy (#8) and Mathematics (#8).

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