Heriot-Watt University

Edinburgh | Edinburgh, Lothians and Borders

City Campus Rural

Ucas code: H24

Heriot-Watt is Scotland's most international university with beautiful campuses in Edinburgh, Scottish Borders, Orkney, Dubai and now Malaysia. We offer students the opportunity to have an international experience in a lovely learning environment no matter where they study. And did you know that Heriot-Watt is one of only two universities in Europe offering a Brewing and Distilling degree..?
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What students say about this university

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    • Facilities

      student union is a great place to just sit with friends all the food places everyone is free to just chill with friends and...

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      2012, 1st year, Chemistry

      Facilities

      student union is a great place to just sit with friends all the food places everyone is free to just chill with friends and isn't expected to buy anything and the canteen often plays the news as well

      2012, 1st year, Chemistry

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    • Everyday expenses

      A good bus route with cheap fares means the University is very accessible from the city center. The cost of living in Edinburgh...

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      2012, 4th year, Civil Engineering

      Everyday expenses

      A good bus route with cheap fares means the University is very accessible from the city center. The cost of living in Edinburgh is relatively manageable for student living. There are also plenty of opportunities for part time work on and off the campus.

      2012, 4th year, Civil Engineering

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    • Accommodation

      i didnt live in halls, but often spent time there with friends, the halls are very small and not the best however it provided...

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      2012, 2nd year, Textile Design

      Accommodation

      i didnt live in halls, but often spent time there with friends, the halls are very small and not the best however it provided good entertainment

      2012, 2nd year, Textile Design

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    • The upside

      Teaching staff is amasing, and careers services extremely helpful!:) Got me employed before graduation!

      2012, 4th year, Stochastic Processes

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    • Academic Experience

      I usually have 4 subjects each semester, studying 4 days a week. I study diverse subjects including Marketing, Logistics and...

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      2013, 2nd year, Promotion & Advertising

      Academic Experience

      I usually have 4 subjects each semester, studying 4 days a week. I study diverse subjects including Marketing, Logistics and computer- based work. We have lots of group work and presentations. It is challenging as I have to communicate with different students with different ideas from mine all to create a final project that looks professional enough- it may be a piece of clothing in the first year, an online magazine, a shop display, a successful store marketing strategy etc. I strongly recommend the fashion related courses at Heriot- Watt as we get the chance to work with stores like Harvey Nichols. This is a great experience. In my course we also have exams with essay- type questions once each semester but I heard from older students than me that they had only coursework the third year. Some of the classes like the Photography subject are based more on the personal opinion of the teachers about your work which is sometimes a bit unfair but I guess it's common when the subject is more creative. Unfortunately, we don't get a lot of feedback just the grade. I think we should get our feedback because we can't learn from our mistakes and we can't improve otherwise. I got only one feedback for my online magazine this semester. I hope the feedback policy will change soon and I personally will ask about my subjects' feedback in the future.

      2013, 2nd year, Promotion & Advertising

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    • Academic Experience

      I had approx 3-4 hours of lectures/tutorials/labs per day. Maths wasn't much of a shock to the system with much of the course...

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      2013, 1st year, Physical Sciences Not Elsewhere Classified

      Academic Experience

      I had approx 3-4 hours of lectures/tutorials/labs per day. Maths wasn't much of a shock to the system with much of the course being similar to A level Maths. Chemistry was interesting, with some shared content with A level Chemistry, but enough new content to hold your interest. Physics was pretty much identical to A Level Physics, with the exception of the thinking exercises. These presented the student with a worded problem and they were required to use logic, initiative and knowledge to arrive with a reasonable answer. There were often more than one possible solution. Biology course was, to be frank, fairly useless as it was mostly AS level Biology which seemed to have little to no relevance to the Chemical Engineering Degree. Process Industries was very challenging, due to it being an entirely new subject to me. Feedback from Process Industries was limited with two out of three lab reports from Semester 1 not being marked and returned by the end of Semester 2, and all three from Semester 2 were not marked and returned in a timely fashion.

      2013, 1st year, Physical Sciences Not Elsewhere Classified

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How students describe this university

We asked more than 12,500 undergraduates to say how far they would describe their uni as having the following characteristics. We carry out this analysis where we have scores from at least 30 students. You can also see whether these ratings are high, medium or low compared to other universities.

Creative

47%

LOW

Political

38%

LOW

Sporty

71%

MED

Diverse local nightlife

67%

MED

Varied union activities

62%

MED

Vital stats

Sources: NSS, DLHE & HESA
% of graduates in work or further study 95% MED
Average graduate salary £22k HIGH
Student score 83% HIGH

Overall student satisfaction

89%

of students are very or quite satisfied with this university

Number of students

10,895

students attended last year

Undergraduate / Postgraduate

67%

of students are undergrads

Full-time / Part-time

20%

of students are part-time

Male / Female

41%

of students are female

Young / Mature

19%

of students aged over 21

UK / Non-UK

36%

of students here are from outside the UK

Student union satisfaction

63%

of students are very or quite satisfied with the student union

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