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Estd 1821Established Year

Heriot-Watt University 2020-2021 Admissions: Entry Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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Heriot-Watt University is a public research university located in Edinburgh and was established in the year 1821. The university invited applications for the fall semester. The applicants for UG programs can apply online through UCAS portal

  • PG applicants can apply online through university online applications. 
  • An international applicant is required to fulfill country-specific requirements. For details, click here.
  • Applicants not fulfilling minimum score requirements can be offered admissions on the basis of a review of the letter of references or work experience. 
  • Interviews may be required for admissions in some courses. 


Application PortalUCAS Portal (UG)
University Website (PG)
Mode of PaymentOnline Payment System
Academic CalendarSemester-based
Intake SeasonsFall and Spring
English Language ProficiencyRequired (For International Students)
Financial AidGrants, loans, work-study, and Scholarships
Types of ProgramsUG/PG/PhD

Heriot-Watt Admissions Deadline

The full-time academic sessions at Heriot-Watt University begins in fall and spring semesters. International students are advised to apply well in advance to ensure hassle-free admission process.

TypeApplication Deadline
UGJan 15 (guaranteed consideration)
Rolling till start date of the program (no guarantee)
PG30 June (international applicants)
PhD30 June (international applicants)

English Proficiency Test Score for International Students

Admission Requirements at Heriot-Watt University need the International students to demonstrate English proficiency by submitting any one of the following scores:

Test NameMinimum Score (Foundation Courses )*Minimum Score (UG)Minimum Score (PG)
TOEFL (iBT)708090
Pearson PTE44-4950-5758-64

* Applicants to the UK foundation courses can only submit an IELTS score as evidence of English proficiency, other test results are not considered.

Applicants who fail to achieve the minimum cut-off are eligible to apply for academic English programs to prepare them with the language and study skills needed for academic study.

Visa Requirements for International Applicants

  • After the student is selected for admission, the student has to apply for and receive a Tier-4 Visa to study in the UK.
  • Students can apply for a visa within 3 months of the start date of their program.
  • The cost of the Visa application is 348 GBP.
  • Proof of financial ability along with the CAS (Confirmation for Acceptance for Studies) Letter has to be submitted with the visa application.
  • The financial ability should demonstrate adequate funds to pay for the applicant’s tuition as well as cover living expenses.
  • Additional documents: Valid Passport, Transcript(s), scores of any standardized tests taken, immunization records etc.

Heriot-Watt University Undergraduate Admissions

The university offers various undergraduate study areas. The admission requirements and process for international applicants are mentioned below:

Where to apply: UCAS Portal

Application Fees: 18 GBP

Academic requirements:

  • Official transcripts
  • Translations of transcripts, if required 
  • International applicants are required to fulfill country-specific requirements.
    • Indian applicants are required to have around 70% score in their senior secondary school. 
    • For Indian applicants option computer science, the overall percentile should be 65%. However, for actuarial mathematics, the percentile required is 75%.
  • Personal statement
  • References
  • A statement of declaration. 
  • Supporting Documents: Authorized financial statement, Proof of financial support, copy of passport.
  • An interview may be held for some courses. 

Heriot-Watt University Graduate Admissions

The university offers degrees like M.Sc, M.A, and Ph.D. at the graduate level. The postgraduate courses at the Edinburg campus have similar admission requirements. Applicants are required to fulfill country-specific requirements. The details of the requirements and process are mentioned below:

Where to apply: University Online Application

Admission requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field
  • Official transcripts
    • Translations of transcripts, if required. 
  • Work experience is recomended
  • International applicants are required to fulfill country-specific requirements. Some of these are as follows:
    • Japanese applicants must have a GPA of 2.8 or have an average cummulative of 70% in bachelor's degree. 
    • Indian applicants must have a score of 55% in the respective bachelor course. Applicants with a score of 52% are also considered for admissions if they have relevant work experience, or quality reference, etc. 
  • Letter of Reference. 

As stated by the institute, the selection of candidates is based on the entrances requirements of individual programs. Academic record, Work experience/volunteer experience/reference letters, and Test results are considered while reviewing applications. It is advisable for applicants to fill out their applications with the utmost scrutiny and well within the application deadlines. Admission decisions are released as and when the applications are reviewed, post submission.

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