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Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

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Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

About the Institution

Heriot-Watt Personality: transforming people and the world

Founded in 1821 as the world’s first mechanics institute, Heriot-Watt has a rich heritage and an established reputation as a leading research-led university. Now, our communities of scholars come from across the world and for a purpose: leaders in ideas and solutions, they deliver innovation and educational excellence in business, engineering, design and the physical, social and life sciences.

Committed towards Positive Education

Committed to producing future-ready graduates who will go on to make an impact in the world, Heriot-Watt University Malaysia introduced a Positive Education approach in 2017. Positive Education does not only focus on academic excellence but also the holistic development of individuals. Through Positive Education, we are nurturing purposeful, impactful, professional and resilient individuals. More information here.

Malaysia's first green campus

Heriot-Watt University Malaysia’s purpose-built campus opened to students in Putrajaya in September 2014 and the formal launch took place on 12 February 2015. The £35m campus sits on 4.8 acres in a stunning lakeside location providing exceptional educational facilities in an excellent environment, close to the Putrajaya marina and its modern leisure and sports facilities. This is a fantastic green area, part of Putrajaya Lake’s ‘green continuum’, and the building design is a conscious reference.

A green roof to match

The ‘green campus’ is remarkable for having the first living grass roof of its kind in Malaysia. At 300 metres long and 30 metres wide, it is the most recognisably sustainable feature of the campus. The roof shades the naturally ventilated spaces below, reduces thermal transmittance, and acts as an observation deck, accessible by glass lift. Other environmentally friendly, passive design features include campus lighting ‘powered’ by the maximum use of natural daylight, a rainwater harvesting system and optimised air-conditioning and thermal control systems.

A state-of-the-art learning environment

The campus is a state-of-the-art teaching and learning environment, reflecting our status as a leading provider of high-quality, professionally orientated education, knowledge transfer and research. Architect-designed in conjunction with educational design specialists, the campus has been developed with the current generation of students in mind, to create a dynamic, exciting place, which maximises the potential of its setting for study and student life.

Our roots are in Scotland, our ambition and reach are truly international. Together with our alumni, civic community and industry partners, we transform people, society and the world we live in.


Programme Outline

Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

We specialise in the following fields:

  • Foundation
  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Business
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computing Science
  • Construction Management
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Energy
  • Enterprise
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business Management
  • Marketing
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Project Management
  • Psychology
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Statistical Data Science


Start Local, Go Global

Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

At Heriot-Watt, you have the opportunity to become a global student by taking part in an Inter-Campus Transfer under our Go Global programme. Under this programme, students have the option of transferring to the UK or Dubai campuses at any time during their studies with guaranteed placements for all of our programmes*.

Under the Go Global programme, you are able to switch between our campuses every semester or every year, and choose to graduate in any of them. What is important is that your studies will not be interrupted. Our programmes offer the same content, examinations, and resources wherever you are, ensuring the same quality Heriot-Watt is known for throughout your studies. What’s more, the certificate you receive upon graduation will also be the same as your counterparts in both the UK and Dubai campuses.

For more information about our Go Global Inter-Campus Transfer programme visit: http://bit.ly/hwgoglobal

*as long as the programme is offered where you wish to transfer



The University has been presented with a prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize, recognising sustained pioneering work of the Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE) in innovation and research excellence, as the IPE celebrates its 40th anniversary.


Rankings & Recognitions

Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

Heriot-Watt University is consistently ranked at a high level across a number of key university league tables.

From our research performance to student satisfaction, graduate employability and the quality of our teaching, Heriot-Watt's status as a world-class university is independently confirmed.

QS World University Rankings 2022

  • Heriot-Watt rank 270th in the world, 33rd in UK and 5th in Scotland.

The Complete University Guide 2022

  • 23rd in the UK and 4th in Scotland
  • We are ranked in the top ten in the UK for the following subject areas – Building (3rd), Marketing (5th), Civil Engineering (7th), Electrical & Electronic Engineering (7th), Chemical Engineering (8th), Town & Country Planning (9th), and Mathematics (10th)
  • We are ranked in the top three in Scotland for Building (1st), Civil Engineering (2nd), Electrical & Electronic Engineering (2nd), Marketing (2nd), and Town & Country Planning (2nd) and Mechanical Engineering (3rd)

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021

  • Ranked in the top 250 universities worldwide (201-250) for Engineering and Technology
  • Ranked in the top 25 UK universities for Engineering and Technology.

Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

The Guardian University Guide 2021

  • Ranked joint 35th in the UK and 8th in Scotland.
  • 1st in Scotland for Building and Town & Country Planning.
  • 2nd in Scotland for Chemistry, Engineering-Chemical, Engineering-Electronic & Electrical and Engineering-Mechanical.

The Times / The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

  • 35th out of 131 institutions in the UK, and 7th in Scotland
  • First in Scotland – six years in a row – for Building, and 2nd in the UK
  • First in Scotland for Chemical Engineering, and 4th in the UK
  • First in Scotland for Chemical Engineering, and 4th in the UK

The Times / The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

THE's Golden Age University Rankings measures universities established between 1945 and 1967 for their teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income.

  • Heriot-Watt is ranked 47th out of 308 institutions



The Times / Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 ranked Heriot-Watt joint 17th in the UK and 1st in Scotland for graduate salaries 6 months after graduation.

95% of Heriot-Watt students are in employment or further study within six months of graduation

Courses Offered

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Pre-University/Foundation Studies
Foundation In Business
Fees (Local): 24,480
Duration: 1 year
Foundation in Science
Fees (Local): 27,132
Duration: 1 year
Bachelor's Degree Level
B.Sc.(Hons) Construction Project Management
Fees (Local): 36,560
Duration: 3 years
BBA (Hons) Bachelor of Business Administration
Fees (Local): 36,560
Duration: 3 years
BEng (Hons) / MEng Chemical Engineering
Fees (Local): 45,000
Duration: 3 years
BEng (Hons) / MEng, Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Fees (Local): 45,000 (per year)
Duration: 4 years
BSc (Hons) Actuarial Science
Fees (Local): 43,920
Duration: 3 years
BSc (Hons) Computing Science
Fees (Local): 39,960
Duration: 3 years
BSc (Hons) Psychology
Fees (Local): 36,560
Duration: 3 years
BSc (Hons) Psychology with Management
Fees (Local): 36,560
Duration: 3 years
BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying
Fees (Local): 36,560
Duration: 3 years
BSc (Hons) Statistical Data Science
Fees (Local): 43,920
Duration: 3 years
MA (Hons) Accounting & Business Finance
Fees (Local): 36,560
Duration: 3 years
MA (Hons) Business and Finance
Fees (Local): 36,560
Duration: 3 years
MA (Hons) International Business Management
Fees (Local): 35,500 (per year)
Duration: 3 years (2 semesters per year)
MA (Hons) Marketing
Fees (Local): 36,560
Duration: 3 years
Master of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering
Fees (Local): 45,000
Duration: 4 years
MEng Mechanical Engineering
Fees (Local): 45,000
Duration: 4 years
Masters Degree Level
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Fees (Local): 14,513
Duration: 24 months
MSc Business Psychology
Fees (Local): 15,750
Duration: 12 months
MSc Business Strategy, Leadership and Change
Fees (Local): 15,750
Duration: 12 months
MSc Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying
Fees (Local): 15,750
Duration: 12 months
MSc Construction Project Management
Fees (Local): 15,750
Duration: 12 months
MSc International Business Management with Finance
Fees (Local): 15,750
Duration: 12 months
MSc International Business Management with Marketing
Fees (Local): 15,750
Duration: 12 months
MSc Petroleum Engineering
Fees (Local): 15,750
Duration: 12 months
MSc Renewable Energy Engineering
Fees (Local): 15,750
Duration: 12 months
MSc Strategic Project Management
Fees (Local): 15,750
Duration: 12 months

Active Scholarships

  • Scholarship / Fund / Loan
  • HWUM MBA Scholarship by Edinburgh Business School

    Deadline: 15 December 2023
    Exciting news! The Edinburgh Business School awards scholarships for their Heriot-Watt University Malaysia campus MBA programme. Submit your application by 15 December 2023.
    15 December 2023
  • HWUM MBA Scholarships - Shaping Entrepreneurial Women Scholarship

    Deadline: 15 December 2023
    The 30% Club Malaysia and Edinburgh Business School are delighted to announce that for a seventh year, a scholarship to attend the part-time MBA programme at the Heriot-Watt University Malaysia campus will be offered to an entrepreneurial woman. The ...
    15 December 2023
  • HWUM - Partner Scholarships

    Deadline: Ongoing
    A range of Scholarships and other financial assistance is available to help support the cost of studying at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia.
  • HWUM - Discounts and Bursaries

    Deadline: Ongoing
    Awarded to students who meet certain criteria, such as financial need or academic excellence.
  • HWUM - MBA Scholarship by Edinburgh Business School

    Deadline: Ongoing
    Edinburgh Business School are delighted to announce that the school is awarding scholarships for the MBA programme at the Heriot-Watt University Malaysia campus.
  • Heriot-Watt University Scholarships 2021

    Deadline: Ongoing
    A range of Scholarships and other financial assistance is available to help support the cost of studying at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia.
  • Heriot-Watt - The Datuk Seri (Dr.) Michael Yam (CIOB Bursary) 2021

    Deadline: Ongoing
    Heriot-Watt University Malaysia (HWUM) is pleased to announce the establishment of two bursaries under ‘The Datuk Seri (Dr.) Michael Yam – CIOB Bursary’, to nurture the deserving bright young minds at the University’s Malaysia campus, who wou...
  • HWUM - High Achiever's Scholarship for Undergraduate Programme

    Deadline: Ongoing
    We offer a range of scholarships to high achievers based on the tier below for our undergraduate programmes.
  • HWUM - High Achiever's Scholarship for Foundation Programme

    Deadline: Ongoing
    We offer a range of scholarships to high achievers based on the tier below for our Foundation programmes.
  • HWUM - Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Scholarship

    Deadline: 1 August 2023
    Since opening our doors in Malaysia, we’ve made it possible for women in the ASEAN region to gain access to quality teaching and learning in the field of Engineering and Science. Committed to widening access, and reducing the gender gap in this fie...
    1 August 2023
  • HWUM - Leaders with Impact Scholarship

    Deadline: 1 August 2023 for Undergraduate Programme
    In collaboration with FWD Takaful Berhad and Yayasan Tunku Abdul Rahman, the Leaders with Impact Scholarship supports our university’s vision to enable talented students to access a Heriot-Watt education, provide educational financial support, buil...
    1 August 2023 for Undergraduate Programme

Key Personnel

Professor Mushtak Al-Atabi

Provost and CEO, Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

Professor Mushtak Al-Atabi?is currently the Provost and CEO at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia. His research interests include thermofluids, renewable energy,?biomechanical engineering, engineering education, positive education and academic leadership.

Professor Al-Atabi published three books, “Shoot the Boss,” “Think Like an Engineer” and “Driving Performance” and he has numerous research publications, awards and honours. He delivered two TEDx Talks, “Engineering the Language of Success” and “Storytelling and Engineering a Lasting Change”.

He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE), a member of the Executive Board of Vice Chancellors’ Council for Private Universities Malaysia and a Director at the British Malaysia Chamber of Commerce.

Professor Al-Atabi is an innovative educator who believes that the main goal of education is to mobilise an individual’s purpose into positive impact on the world. He pioneered Purpose-Led Education, CDIO (Conceive, Design, Implement, Operate) methodology and delivered the first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) in Malaysia.

Professor Al-Atabi is a highly sought-after keynote speaker and trainer. He trains executives from Multinational Corporations including banks, energy companies as well as universities. His impact statement reads “I am a storyteller. My purpose is to inspire others to tell more empowering stories about themselves and the world we live in.”

Student Testimonials

Norbashinatun Salmi Bt Muhd Nordin

MSc Petroleum Engineering

Country of Origin: Malaysia
Course Duration: 2 years

The quality in teaching, strong dedication and high commitment levels shown by the lecturers at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia have truly inspired me to challenge myself to complete this Master’s programme and be a greater practitioner. I am a true believer that oil and gas will stay relevant and important for many more decades.

Rebecca Chua

MA (Hons) Accounting and Business Finance

Country of Origin: Malaysia
Course Duration: 3 years

I had the chance to meet people from different cultures at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia. Besides, the synchronised syllabus among all the campuses has allowed me to study from country to country. The study experience here has given me excellent exposure on the global context. The environment at the Putrajaya campus is wholesome. The lake view in the library made me feel calm and conducive whenever I prepared for my assignments and final examinations.

Cut Tharra Fitri Cyrena

BSc (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

Country of Origin: Indonesia

As one of the WISE scholarship holders who is currently in Year 1 of Mechanical Engineering, I have an important responsibility for my grades and duty as the ambassador of Heriot-Watt University Malaysia. It is one step closer to achieving my goal in encouraging people on gender equality, as it is one of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Ayasha Akther Nipu

MA (Hons) International Business Management with Marketing

Country of Origin: Bangladesh
Course Duration: 3 years

While pursuing my IBM degree at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia, I enjoyed the sense of freedom and responsibility given to the students to do their work. I particularly enjoy the small tutorial sessions offered by Heriot-Watt, in which students receive one-on-one supervision from professors and participate in group discussions, presentations, and debates on course-related issues and concepts.

Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Videos

Launch of our BSc (Hons) Computing Science programme

We are proud to formally launch the BSc (Hons) Computing Science programme at our Malaysian campus!

This degree is designed to help you build the next generation of software tools and systems based on cutting edge technology and valuable skillsets. In the final year, you will be able gain to expertise in contemporary topics within the fields of artificial intelligence and data science.

Only for our September 2021 intake, enjoy a RM5,000 Inaugural Bursary.

Find out more by emailing us at: [email protected]

Reimagining our Foundation Programme

We are reimagining our Foundation Programme in the face of today's challenges. Our pedagogy and delivery have changed to suit our needs today. There is no need to wait when your future is here. Find out more about our July and September Foundation intakes by emailing us: [email protected]

Built Environment at Heriot-Watt

Challenging global market conditions continue to dominate the building and construction industry. The keys to success are skilled employees who can manage complex construction project issues, which is a rare resource these days. Find out more about Heriot-Watt's Built Environment programmes at www.hw.edu.my

Maths & Actuarial Science at Heriot-Watt

We are a world-leading centre of teaching and research in actuarial mathematics, financial mathematics, risk management, probability and statistics. Heriot-Watt was the first in the UK to offer a specialised programme in actuarial mathematics. Find out more about our programmes at www.hw.edu.my

Business and Marketing at Heriot-Watt

Business and Marketing makes the world go round - and an Internationally recognised Business and Marketing degree takes you further. Find out more by speaking to our Education Consultants: https://bit.ly/hwum-virtualcounselling

Psychology at Heriot-Watt

Psychology brings us together. It can effect every aspect of a person's mental health and life. It helps us adapt and cope in overwhelming situations. Find out more about our Psychology programmes by emailing us: [email protected]

Engineering at Heriot-Watt

Engineers look at every milimetre - down to the atomic scale in order to build something up. From research and development to design and manufacture, engineers ask the hard questions to ensure what they engineer is done right. Find out more about Engineering at Heriot-Watt by emailing us: [email protected]

Accounting and Finance at Heriot-Watt

If you enjoy finding solutions to various challenges, have an eye for detail and possess critical thinking skills, Accounting and Finance just might be the right pathway for you. Find out more about our Accounting and Finance programmes by emailing us: [email protected]

Marking a History of Excellence with Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

A graduation is more than just recognizing the achievements of your educational journey, but it is the mark of a new life chapter where fresh opportunities await. Let’s hear it first from our students as they reflect on their memorable journey throughout the years and why they feel that studying at the Malaysia campus is an experience like no other.

Apply to Heriot-Watt's Malaysia campus: http://bit.ly/HWUMApply

Enquire about our courses: http://bit.ly/hwumcourses

Responsive Blended Learning at Heriot-Watt University

Responsive Blended Learning (RBL) combines active, supported online learning with contextually appropriate face-to-face learning opportunities, responding dynamically to the changing external context. This approach enables students to proceed with their studies alongside their peers, whatever pandemic-related restrictions are lifted or imposed in specific contexts.

Contact Details

Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

No. 1, Jalan Venna P5/2,
Precinct 5,
62200 Putrajaya

Type: Foreign University Branch Campus


+603-8894 3888


+603 8894 3999



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