Heriot-Watt University

Campus and Location

Growth of our Multinational University Named as ‘International University of the Year’ in the 2018 Times and Sunday Times University Guide, we have over the past 30 years developed into a truly multinational institution that operates across campuses in Dubai in UAE, Putrajaya in Malaysia, and Edinburgh, Galashiels and Orkney in Scotland, as well as through numerous partnerships that span the globe from east to west and north to south:

  • In 1989, we opened our Orkney campus, as part of the International Centre for Island Technology.
  • In 1992, our last departments in Edinburgh relocated to our purpose-built 380 acre parkland Edinburgh campus situated on the western edge of the city.
  • In 1998 our Scottish Borders campus hosting our School of Textiles and Design was born from our merger with the Scottish College of Textiles.
  • In 2005, we became the first UK university to create an overseas campus in Dubai’s International Academic City.
  • In 2014, we opened our state-of-the-art campus in Putrajaya, Malaysia, serving the South East Asia region and beyond.
  • In 2019 we completed the restoration of Panmure House, the home of economist, Adam Smith, off the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, as a place for debate and wider social enlightenment.
  • Our new state-of-the-art campus in Knowledge Park in Dubai has just opened its doors to students this April; it includes a dedicated student hub, a central student services centre, enhanced library, social learning spaces and much much more.

We also have developed an unsurpassed international in-country presence beyond our campuses, delivering degree programmes to independent distance learners. Around a third of our students study through these routes in most countries around the world. Combined with campus-based study in Dubai and Malaysia, around two-thirds of our students study outside of the UK.

Edinburgh Campus

The Edinburgh Campus is set in 380 acres of established parkland. Over many years significant investments have been made in the campus. It is home to Oriam, Scotland’s National Performance Centre for Sport providing unparalleled sport and fitness facilities, the Lyell Centre occupied jointly with the British Geological Survey, the Global Research Innovation and Discovery (GRID) facility that supports entrepreneurial creativity for students, staff and business, and the recently completed National Robotarium.

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Edinburgh Campus Tour

Curious about our gorgeous Edinburgh campus? Come with us as we whizz around and share our favourite spots!