Heriot-Watt University Graduate programs

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Heriot-Watt University Graduate programs

At Heriot-Watt, we recognise that teaching and research are synergistic and that high quality postgraduate training must always be informed by professional experience and research activity.

We offer a range of postgraduate programmes, with a broad range of MSc topics available.  The School also has a strong research background and there are opportunities for PhD study in all our disciplines, and we also offer the chance to participate in research study in industry via the Engineering Doctorate programme.

The EPS Student Support Office acts as a central point for finding out about our wide range of postgraduate opportunities across the school, and details of our programmes are also available on the graduate school website. Many of the subject websites carry additional information about study and research in the school.

MSc programmes

Chemical Engineering

  • Sustainability Engineering, MSc / Diploma / Certificate


  • Materials For Sustainable And Renewable Energies, MSc / Diploma / Certificate

Electrical, Electronic & Computer Engineering

  • Embedded Systems, MSc / Diploma
  • Mobile Communications, MSc / Diploma / Certificate
  • Robotics, Autonomous And Interactive Systems, MSc / Diploma
  • Smart Systems Integration (Erasmus Mundus), MSc
  • Vision Image & Robotics (VIBOT) (Erasmus Mundus), MSc

Mechanical Engineering

  • Advanced Mechanical Engineering, MSc / Diploma
  • Energy, MSc / Diploma
  • Renewable Energy And Distributed Generation, MSc
  • Renewable Energy Engineering, MSc / Diploma / Certificate
  • Smart Grid Demand Management, MSc / Diploma


  • Photonics and Optoelectronic Devices, MSc

Research degrees

Further information is also available on obtaining a postgraduate degree by research.

Heriot-Watt University Graduate programs

Application form

You can apply for all postgraduate programmes (except Edinburgh Business School programmes) using our online application form.


You must create an account to use the online application form. You don’t have to complete the application in one session; you can save what you have done so far and return to complete it at a later date.

Edinburgh Business School applicants

You can apply for Edinburgh Business School programmes through the Edinburgh Business School website.

Supporting documents

In order for us to assess your suitability for the programme you have applied for, you need to submit various supporting documents. You can view the documents you are required to submit and upload them by logging into your application account.

You may delay an offer being made to you if you do not submit your supporting documents as soon as you can.

When to apply

There is no official deadline for postgraduate applications (except for the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society’s distance learning programmes); we accept them right up until the beginning of term. However, if you are applying for a popular programme, it is in your best interest to submit your application as soon as you can so that you have the best chance of getting a place.

You should also bear in mind that in order to secure accommodation on campus you must have received and accepted your offer and submitted your accommodation requirements by the deadline (usually mid-August).

How we process your application

All applications will be carefully considered by appropriate staff in the relevant school and you will receive a response as soon as possible.  For some programmes, where the volume of applications is very high, this may be several weeks but for most programmes, you should hear from us within 2 weeks.

The response that you receive from the School will be either:

  • an unconditional offer
  • a conditional offer (further supporting documentation will be required, such as a copy of your degree certificate if you had not completed your degree when you first submitted your application)
  • regretfully, a decision to reject your application
Responding to an offer

You will be able to view our decision by logging into your application account.  If you receive an offer, please respond to it as soon as possible.

Once you have accepted your place you will be sent a confirmation letter, which you may use to help you obtain an entry visa to the UK (if you need one) or to obtain funding for your studies.

Information about how to register in September will be available during the summer.

Overseas offer holders

We operate a tuition fee advance instalment payment, which means that you can secure your place at Heriot-Watt University by paying the first instalment of your first year’s tuition fees. This payment will mainly apply to overseas or self-financing postgraduate students.

If you wish to study for a postgraduate award and are able to demonstrate that your tuition fees will be paid for by a third party (a sponsoring company or government agency, for example), you can be exempted from paying the advance instalment at the discretion of your School.

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