PhD and research opportunities from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh – apply now for 2024

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Address global challenges and bring your ideas to life at Heriot-Watt

We are experts in STEM, business and design, and our world-renowned academics will empower you with the latest research and skills to help you excel in your chosen field.

Our graduates are highly sought after – we are ranked 1st in Scotland and 2nd in the UK for Postgraduate Positive Outcomes (Graduate Outcomes Survey 2023), and 86.8% of our research is ranked world-leading and internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2021).

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Outstanding research environment

Heriot-Watt offers an outstanding environment for postgraduate research. Our £7M Postgraduate Centre combines excellent facilities and networking opportunities with postgraduate students from across the University.

Heriot-Watt is home to the National Robotarium, a world-leading centre for robotics and artificial intelligence, and the Lyell Centre, one of Europe’s leading centres in Earth, marine and ecosystem sciences.

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Postgraduate Research Opportunities

Research projects are offered with supervisors who work at the cutting edge of contemporary topics, from the fundamental to the applied, in all our disciplines. Projects often involve working in research teams, with industry involvement, and many have collaborations with other leading research laboratories around the world. We will provide you with first-class training that focuses on your career development.

The below links provide detailed information on research and potential research project opportunities for PhD and EngD studies at Heriot-Watt.

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We offer a number of competitive funded scholarships for research degree studies. Full or partial support may be available for well-qualified candidates from UK research councils, research pools, charities, industry or the university’s own scholarships.

The University offers annual James Watt Scholarships, approximately 80 each year, for well-qualified applicants. Other competitive funding is available such as RCUK funded Doctoral Training Awards.

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Who is eligible to apply?

UK, EU and International applicants

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