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Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

Heriot-Watt was established in 1821 and was the world’s first mechanics institute
It is a world leader in the fields of Engineering, Business and Psychology
Students are guaranteed campus transfers to the UK and Dubai

What You Need to Know about Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt University Malaysia is a private university in Malaysia. It is a branch campus of Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, which has a history dating back to 1821 where it was the world’s first mechanics’ institute.

Heriot-Watt University Malaysia was established in September 2014 in Putrajaya, about 25km away from Kuala Lumpur.

The campus is built on a vast 4.8 acres, with an impressive lakeside location with modern leisure and sporting facilities. Its exciting ‘green campus’ features a living grass roof, the first of its kind in Malaysia, shading the naturally-ventilated spaces below. Other environmentally-friendly design features include a rainwater harvesting system and optimised air-conditioning and thermal control systems.

Heriot-Watt University Malaysia offers Foundation, Undergraduate and Postgraduate studies across various fields, including Actuarial Science, Accounting and Finance. They are world leaders in the field of Engineering, Business and Psychology. 

Under Heriot-Watt University Malaysia’s Go Global programme, students have the opportunity to become global students by taking part in an Inter-Campus Transfer to its UK or Dubai campuses at any time during their studies and also choose to graduate there. They have guaranteed placements for all of the university’s programmes, so long as the programme is offered where they wish to transfer.

Heriot-Watt has established an excellent reputation for its quality of education over the years, performing consistently in world university rankings. It ranked 312th in the world by QS World University Rankings 2017-2018 and 40th in UK and 7th in Scotland. The university was also ranked 15th in the UK top for their proportion of international students and 21st in the UK international faculty.

As for the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2017, Heriot-Watt was ranked 39th in the world and 13th in the UK and 2nd in Scotland for their international outlook. The score was based on the percentage of the university’s international staff, the level of international co-authorship of academic papers and the percentage of international students studying at the university.

Heriot-Watt University Malaysia’s programmes are developed to match the industry’s needs and equips students to become industry-fit graduates and postgraduates. As a testament to the university’s healthy track record, 95% of its students find employment or further their studies within six months of graduation.

Quick Facts

Estimated Fees (entire course):

  • Foundation: RM23,000
  • Degree (non-Science): RM99,800
  • Degree (Science): RM127,796
  • Postgraduate: From RM45,896 to RM73,500

Scholarships: Up to 35% tuition fee waiver

Why Choose Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

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Career-Oriented Courses

Programmes are designed to be highly relevant to the working world, encouraging practical application of knowledge through project work

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Go Global

Students can transfer to the university’s UK or Dubai campuses at any time during their studies and also choose to graduate there

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Centre Of Excellence

Heriot-Watt University offers a plethora of Undergraduate and Postgraduate studies and are world leaders in the field of Engineering, Business and Psychology

Popular Courses at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia


Heriot-Watt University Malaysia is located in the township of Putrajaya that’s situated 25km away from Kuala Lumpur. The campus is built near a 1,600-acre lake with green spaces and stunning architecture surrounding it, making it a very conducive learning environment.

Various modern leisure and sporting facilities are available, with a freshwater sandy beach that’s just 5 minutes away from the campus!

Getting Around

  • Shuttle Buses: Regular shuttle bus service linking the campus and student accommodation is available. Other nearby locations are serviced as well.
  • Public Transport: Buses and KLIA Express connects the city centre to Putrajaya Sentral, which is connected by Heriot-Watt’s shuttle buses.
  • Parking: Basement car park is available for the convenience of students.

Accommodation at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

Heriot-Watt University Malaysia has several accommodation options for you to choose from, all of which are off-campus and located at Cyberjaya, approximately 10 to 15 minutes drive away. There is a free shuttle bus service connecting all student residences to the campus.

The following student accommodation available are:

  • The Arc: Their modern, three-bedroom units contain two attached bathrooms and are fully furnished.
  • Shaftsbury Serviced Suites: This exclusive and private residence comes with 24-hour security while each unit comes with an attached bathroom and are fully furnished.

Both residences are furnished with air-conditioning, ceiling fans and wifi. They have communal facilities, including swimming pools and cafeterias.


Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Scholarships

Here are some of the scholarships offered by Heriot-Watt University Malaysia.

Name of ScholarshipStudy AreaKey HighlightsDeadline
Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Foundation High Achiever's Scholarship (HAS) FIB, FIS- Minimum of 7As & above at SPM
- Up to 35% tuition fee waiver
- Merit scholarship with no interview required
Always Open
Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Undergraduate High Achiever's Scholarship (HAS) Actuarial Science, Accounting, Business, Engineering, Psychology, Quantity Surveying- Minimum AAB at A-Level / STPM or ATAR 85
- Up to 35% tuition fee waiver
- Merit scholarship with no interview required
Always Open
Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Alumni Discount Business, Engineering, Sciences, Psychology- For Heriot-Watt University alumni
- 10% tuition fee waiver
Always Open
Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Family Discount Actuarial Science, Accounting, Business, Engineering, Psychology, FIB, FIS, Quantity Surveying- For students who have parents and siblings who are alumni of Heriot-Watt University
- 10% tuition fee waiver
Always Open
Heriot-watt 5th Anniversary ScholarshipAccounting, Business, Engineering, Construction Project Management, Psychology, Quantity Surveying- Up to 100% tuition fee waiver
- Interview required
- At least 3Bs at A-Level/STPM or ATAR 85 to qualify

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