Welcome to Engineering and Physical Sciences Graduate School at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

Engineering and Physical Sciences Graduate School at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh


WELCOME to the Engineering and Physical Sciences Graduate School at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.

On our Edinburgh campus you can study a postgraduate Masters course and enjoy the attractions of Scotland's capital city, voted the best place to live in the UK.

We offer MSc, Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate qualifications, in full-time, part-time or distance-learning formats.

For suitably qualified applicants we also offer full or partial scholarships covering tuition fees, and in some cases living expenses of at least £8000.


  • MSc Photonics and Optoelectronic Devices
  • MSc Embedded Systems
  • MSc Mobile Communications
  • MSc Robotics, Autonomous and Interactive Systems
  • ERASMUS Mundus MSc in Smart Systems Integration
  • ERASMUS Mundus MSc in Vison Image & Robotics
  • MSc Advanced Mechanical Engineering
  • MSc Energy
  • MSc Renewable Energy And Distributed Generation
  • MSc Renewable Energy Engineering
  • MSc Smart Grid and Demand Management
  • MSc Sustainability Engineering


Contact us

To request more information or to register your interest in the course, please contact the EPS Graduate School by completing our web enquiry form:





Graduate Centre

Engineering and Physical Sciences Graduate School at Heriot-Watt University

Engineering and Physical Sciences Graduate School at Heriot-Watt University

At Heriot-Watt, the community of postgraduate students undertaking taught and research courses is 1,500 strong and has representation from around 100 countries.

Two thirds of the on-campus students are from countries outside of the UK. With this in mind there is huge opportunity for cross-cultural and interdisciplinary interaction. This opportunity has been recognised by the University through the creation of a new multi-million pound, purpose-built Postgraduate Centre.
Construction work commenced on the site, at the heart of the Edinburgh Campus, in the summer of 2007 and is due to be completed in the summer of 2008. The Postgraduate Centre will house lecture theatre, seminar, study and social spaces for postgraduate taught and research students.

Advanced video-conferencing facilities will enable research and teaching interactions between those on-campus with collaborators and off-campus students at many of our partner institutions worldwide.



Edinburgh - Scotland's Capital City

Edinburgh City

Edinburgh City

Edinburgh City

Edinburgh – a culturally diverse, historically significant, socially alive, environmentally aware, politically central, visually stimulating experience. In other words you will live and study in Scotland’s stunning capital – renowned for its cultural festivals, its rich learning tradition, its magnificent buildings (old and new), a unique city environment, and a youthful vigorous outlook on the world. Festivals

Edinburgh is perhaps best known for its world famous cultural festivals and events which attract some 1.4 million visitors to the city each year. Thousands flock to enjoy the Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the international festivals devoted to films, books, jazz and blues, politics and science and, of course, the unique ‘Hogmanay’ celebrations.

Edinburgh’s literary tradition is assured to this day through writing talent such as JK Rowling, Ian Rankin, Irvine Welsh – one of Heriot-Watt’s very own graduates – and Alexander McCall-Smith. This is why Edinburgh is the world’s first City of Literature.

Science and innovation
Science and discovery also continues to play a huge part in defining the city. The inventor of the telephone was born in Edinburgh, while more recently, one of the city’s many bio-industry companies was the first in the world to clone a mammal – the elegantly named Dolly the Sheep.

Creative endeavour makes the city tick. Some of the world’s top selling video game titles were developed in Edinburgh including Grand Theft Auto by Rockstar Games. Work from some of the UK’s leading architects and interior designers can be seen throughout the city and a new animation studio has just been established here.

By day, Edinburgh is a smart and sophisticated centre of culture and commerce. But it is at night that the city really comes alive with its vast array of pubs, bars and clubs.

Edinburgh is also a city for sport – two top Scottish Premier League football teams, athletics at Meadowbank Stadium, swimming at the Commonwealth Pool, world-class rugby at Murrayfield, skiing and snowboarding at Hillend, climbing at Ratho Adventure Centre and an array of top golf clubs are just some of the great attractions for all you sport addicts out there.

Green spaces
To top it all, Edinburgh is lucky to have significant and magnificent green spaces – the impressive extinct volcano Arthur’s Seat and its associated park lie at the heart of the city. If that wasn’t enough, you are within easy striking distance of some of the world’s most beautiful wild landscapes, from the Trossachs to the West and the Highlands to the North, to the Borders to the South.




Engineering and Physical Sciences Graduate School at Heriot-Watt University

Engineering and Physical Sciences Graduate School at Heriot-Watt University

Engineering and Physical Sciences Graduate School at Heriot-Watt University

Campus is the Latin word for a field or open space and at Heriot-Watt you will enjoy an open, accessible and spacious environment that is just perfect for pursuing your chosen field of study.

The Edinburgh Campus is designed for the career focused, socially engaged, sports playing, well-rounded individual, who also happens to love being close to one of the finest and most attractive cities in the UK.

In fact, the beautiful green campus and its associated facilities are designed to accommodate all of your possible requirements, be they academic, social, sporting, cultural, religious, transport or health related. The Students’ Association plays a key role in this regard, supported by an array of complementary services including the Accommodation Office, Student Welfare Services, International Student Advisers, Careers Service, Disability Adviser, Health Centre, Childcare and Chaplaincy.

The campus is renowned for the quality of its sports facilities, including three sports halls, numerous playing pitches, squash courts, gyms, Sports Medicine Centre and Performance Laboratory, plus an impressive Sports Academy. Many of our students are top sport achievers.

Music is an important part of life at Heriot-Watt. With its own orchestra, choir, pipe band and many more musical groups and bands, there is something to suit everyone's taste.



Computing facilities

Engineering and Physical Sciences Graduate School at Heriot-Watt University

The HWU campus has many WiFi zones in public areas and the library, fast internet connection in the residences, extensive access to electronic journals and a new Blackboard-based Virtual Learning Environment which are  increasingly used for enhance teaching and learning.



Undergraduate Courses in
Science & Engineering


Engineering and Physical Sciences Graduate School at Heriot-Watt University

The School of Engineering and Physical Sciences also offers a full range of undergraduate programmes in Chemistry, Physics, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering. In addition our unique Combined Sciences and Engineering programmes cross the traditional discipline boundaries, allowing students to develop a degree programme suited to their interests and abilities. These programmes can lead to traditional Bachelors (BSc or BEng) or fully accredited enhanced first degree (MChem, MPhys and MEng) qualifications.