Heriot-Watt University Dubai

Heriot-Watt University Dubai

Top reasons to study here

  • With strong links to industry and business, we pride ourselves on developing and educating future leaders, managers and innovators.
  • Our programmes include the option to transfer and undertake part of your degree at our home campus in Scotland.
  • Heriot-Watt University was the first overseas university to set up in Dubai International Academic City.

Bachelor's programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (2)

Pre-Bachelor's programmes

Business & Management (2)
Engineering & Technology (2)
Social Sciences (2)
Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)



With a history dating back to 1821, we have a long tradition of excellence and a proven track record in educating, inspiring and challenging the professionals of tomorrow. We are one of the top UK universities for business and industry and have an established reputation for world-class teaching and practical, leading-edge research.


Dubai Knowledge Park is adjacent to Dubai Media City as well as Dubai Internet City and holds more than 500 businesses and has established itself as a centre of excellence for higher education and professional development. The new business and enterprise locale will generate increased opportunities for students to engage directly with business and industry, providing graduates with unique learning experiences.


The Careers and Graduate Futures Service aims to assist Heriot-Watt University students and graduates to make informed career choices by providing a professional, high quality careers guidance and information service for students and recent graduates of Heriot-Watt. We work closely with employers and academic Schools to support students by developing the skills they need to maximise their employability

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Housing services

Dubai is one of the most vibrant, forward-looking cities in the world, and our accommodation offerings will allow you to experience life here to its fullest.

Our accommodation options cater to every individual. Whether it’s a stylish hotel, a self-contained community or a more classic student residence, students will be able to live and study in both safety and comfort.

Depending on your choice, amenities include fully-equipped kitchens, restaurants and cafes, WiFi and a housekeeping service, as well as numerous facilities to enjoy such as fitness centres, swimming pools and recreational rooms.

Library services

Students enjoy dedicated classroom, ICT, computer, library, and counselling facilities. A range of cafes and restaurants are available on site and there are many amenities in close proximity to campus.

Library staff are always on hand to help students with on and offline queries and to offer guidance. 

ICT services

We have a dedicated IT Helpdesk at the Dubai Campus. The IT Helpdesk provides support to students for all the major IT packages and staff can assist you with a wide range of queries, from accessing our virtual learning environment (VISION) and email, to assisting with printing or resolving software problems.

Student Life

Campus life

Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus is a satellite campus of Heriot-Watt University based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Established in 2005, it was the first campus of an overseas university to open in Dubai International Academic City. After 180 years' provision of world-renowned education in the UK, Heriot-Watt was invited to Dubai to provide specialised programmes in the fields of management, engineering, built environment, food science and fashion.

Student clubs

The Student Council is the primary representative body of the students at the Dubai Campus.              

The Student President (a full-time role), who is the chair of the Student Council, is elected by the students every year. The Student President also sits on most of the high-level committees of the campus. This to ensure that the opinions of the students are considered within the current University matters. There are additional roles within the Student Council such as Vice-Presidents or Executives.


Our degrees are also accredited and approved by Royal Charter in the UK.

Student Reviews

No regrets
Jaival Dhanak rated 5 out of 5 stars

Best decision i have made, amazing experience and great support from the professors

Experience at HWU, Dubai Campus
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

I got great connections and networking opportunities externally(in the field by participating in IWFM events) while studying. HWU in the UAE region must contact potential employers to improve the chances of opportunities for the students to get hired.

Good Experience
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

I liked the variety of resources available for access which helped me in doing my assignments, projects and dissertation. I believe the quality of teaching needs to be improved.

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