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

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Housing services

The student accommodation at our Dubai Campus comprises safe, secure and comfortable student accommodation on campus.

Students enjoy dedicated classroom, ICT, computer, library, and counselling facilities. An ever-increasing range of cafes and restaurants are opening on campus, together with a 24-hour shop, and bookstore.

Library services

The Dubai Campus Library is open to all students  during term time. Library staff are always on hand to help students with on and offline queries and to offer guidance.

The library offers the following facilities:

  • Academic textbook collection
  • Databases
  • Electronic journals
  • Resource guides

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

In 2019, Heriot-Watt signed a 10-year lease for a brand-new 218,000 sq. ft campus in Dubai Knowledge Park, thereby building on its commitment to deliver high quality education and research in Dubai. Staff and students will move to the new campus in January 2021 – the same year Heriot-Watt celebrates its founding bicentenary.

Sports facilities

Heriot-Watt University offers an active student life beyond your day to day studies. With a range of sports on offer, such as cricket, basketball, football, volleyball, table tennis and dragon boating, students can join their favourite sport and participate in Inter-University and league competitions.

Student clubs

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. Even if you are not a class representative or school officer, your opinion will be voiced through the student representation structure and general meetings. 


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

Student Reviews

New Beginnings
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

It was a good experience ,I got a chance to know myself better and by this study experience I'm able to choose better and decide wisely.

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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