Heriot-watt University Foundation Course

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Heriot-watt University Foundation Course

This programme is designed to provide students with a pathway into an undergraduate degree in Engineering or Computing at the Dubai Campus. It is specifically designed as a foundation programme that will help students to bridge the gap between their school qualifications and the demands of a university degree.

Students who complete the programme successfully will be able to progress directly into the first year of their chosen degree programme.

The programme will help students to develop their subject knowledge whilst providing a firm foundation in IT, research and writing skills, academic English, and assessment and examination techniques.

January entrants

Students starting the programme in January should note that it lasts for 2 semesters running from January to June.

Students study the following subjects:

  • Academic English
  • Approaches to Learning
  • Entry Physics. (Prospective Chemical Engineering students will study Entry Chemistry instead).
  • Entry Mathematics

Students are assessed through a combination of coursework and exams and must attain a minimum overall grade of B (60%) in each course to ensure guaranteed transfer onto the undergraduate programmes listed above.


Upon successful completion of this DEP, students will be eligible to progress to one of the following programmes, all of which are offered at the Dubai Campus:

  • BEng (Hons) Architectural Engineering
  • BEng Automotive Engineering
  • BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering
  • BEng or BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
  • BSc Computer Systems
  • BSc Computer Systems (Computer Games Programming)
  • BEng or BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • BEng or BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

Heriot-watt University Foundation Course

UK campuses

Unfortunately at the current time we do not offer a Foundation Programme at our Scottish campuses.  If you want to study in the UK and do not meet the entry requirements for our degree programme, we recommend that you take the International Foundation Programme at Edinburgh College.  Here you will sit for Scottish Highers as well as studying academic English language.  Please ensure you select the correct higher subjects for the degree programme you wish to take. E.g. for Engineering you will need to have higher Maths and Physics or Chemistry.

If you take the Edinburgh College Foundation programme and pass with the required grades, you will be accepted into our degree programme and will be awarded a 10% fee reduction off the first year’s tuition fees.

We can also consider students who do their foundation programme elsewhere in the UK but this will depend on the programme content and the grades achieved.

Heriot Watt University Foundation Year

Dubai Campus and Malaysia Campus

Alternatively you could do your foundation study at one of our international campuses.  In Dubai, we offer the Degree Entry Programme and in Malaysia we offer our Foundation Programme. Successful completion of either of these programmes would allow you to continue your Heriot-Watt degree studies at any of our campuses.

If you need further guidance on your study plans, please contact the International Office at enquiry.int@hw.ac.uk or on +44 131 451 3707.