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Heriot Watt University Dubai

University name Heriot Watt University Dubai
Director's name Professor Brian Smart (Executive Dean and Head of Campus)
Executive body or owner Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
Date founded March 2006
Number of students (approx) 1300
Number of staff (approx)
Type of institute private university
University location / area Dubai International Academic City - location map
Postal address PO Box 294345, Dubai, UAE
Telephone +971-4-4358700
Email dubaienquiries@hw.ac.uk
Website www.hw.ac.uk/dubai/
Curriculum UK
Qualifications BA, BBA, BSc, BEng, MA, MSc, PhD
University fees 27,000-98,000 dhs per year (2012-2013)
Lecturer salary range 10,000-25,000 dhs per month (2010-2011)
Student satisfaction rating
3 stars from 467 votes.    
Parent satisfaction rating
2 stars from 83 votes.    
Lecturer job satisfaction rating
(by lecturers, not about lecturers)
2.5 stars from 119 votes.    

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Heriot Watt Dubai university programs and courses, and fees information (2010-2011)
  • 2012-2013 annual fees are AED 27,000 for Foundation Program, AED 39,500 or AED 45,000 for undergraduate programs, AED 62,000 for most post-graduate programs. Table below to be updated.
  • 2011-2012 fees information not supplied.
  • Courses to be added to table:
    • Property Management and Development degree - launched in 2008?
    • Master's degree in Property Investment and Finance - launched in 2013?
Degree Program Start Date Length Annual
Fee (AED)
Fee (AED)
  Foundation Year   1 year 25,000 25,000
Undergraduate Courses
BA Accounting and Finance   3 years 39,500 118,500
BA Business Administration   3 years 39,500 118,500
BA Business and Finance   3 years 39,500 118,500
BA Management   3 years 39,500 118,500
BA (Hons) Fashion Design Sep 2009 3 years 39,500 118,500
BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing and Retailing Sep 2009 3 years 39,500 118,500
BBA Business Administration   3 years 39,500 118,500
  Bachelor's in Management and Psychology Sep 2011      
BEng (Hons) Automotive Engineering   3 years 44,500 133,500
BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering   4 years 44,500 178,000
BEng (Hons) Electronic & Electrical Engineering   4 years 44,500 178,000
BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering Sep 2009 4-5 years 44,500  
BSc (Hons) Engineering and Management Sep 2008 3-4 years 44,500  
BSc (Hons)¹ Construction Project Management   2 years¹ 44,500  
BSc (Hons)¹ Quantity Surveying   2 years¹ 44,500  
Postgraduate Courses
MA (Hons) Accountancy and Finance   4 years 39,500 158,000
MA (Hons) Business Administration   4 years 39,500 158,000
MA (Hons) Business and Finance   4 years 39,500 158,000
MBA Master of Business Administration       81,000²
  Masters in Business and Psychology Sep 2011      
MEng Automotive Engineering   3 years 44,500 133,500
MSc Business Management with Finance Sep 2010?      
MSc Business Management with HRM Sep 2010?      
MSc Business Management with International Marketing Sep 2010?      
MSc Computer Systems Management       60,000
MSc Construction Project Management       60,000
MSc e-Commerce       60,000
MSc Energy Sep 2010     60,000
MSc Facilities Management       60,000
MSc Finance (new?) Sep 2010?      
MSc Information Technology (Software Engineering)       60,000
MSc International Accountancy and Finance Sep 2010?      
MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management Sep 2011      
MSc Petroleum Engineering       98,000
MSc Quantity Surveying       60,000
MSc Urban Real Estate Management and Development Sep 2008     60,000
MSc Strategic Project Management       60,000
PhD   Nov 2013?      
PhD   Aug 2009?      
  1. Entry at third year level only - 2 year duration and fees refers to 3rd and 4th year of course.
  2. Estimate based on tuition fees of AED 9,000 per course, and completing 9 courses for degree.
  • All courses add a processing fee of AED 200, except for the MBA.
  • Scholarships of AED 5500 per year available for most undergraduate BA and MA business degrees.
  • Student accommodation AED 27,000-30,000 twin share or AED 55,000-60,000 single per academic year). Security deposit AED 2,000.
  • Transport fees AED 4,500-6,000 per year in Dubai, AED 7,000 for Ajman, AED 8,000 for Abu Dhabi. Compulsory for students staying at university accommodation (AED 6,000).
  • Visa fees AED 3,000-5,500, visa renewal AED 3,000 per year, visa cancellation AED 750-7,000 (don't lose student id card, passport, or wait more than 6 months after exit from the UAE). Deposit AED 3,000.
Teacher and lecturer salaries for HW University Dubai jobs

For HW Dubai jobs, send application forms downloaded from HW website (they say no CVs) to hr@hw.ac.uk, and quote job reference number. Pay scales and salary ranges assumed to be per annum unless otherwise stated. Heriot-Watt list of jobs available at www.hw.ac.uk/about/careers/job-opportunities/academic-vacancies.htm.

  • Closing date 08 October 2010 - Job vacancies for Teaching Fellows in the Energy and Mechanical Engineering Department in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences to develop and teach MSc programs. Salary range offered AED 195,635-295,920 (works out to about AED 16,400-24,600 per month). Start date early 2011, reference number 166/10.
  • Closing date 01 October 2010 - Course Co-ordinator/Teaching Fellow at the Dubai campus Institute of Petroleum Engineering for the MSc in Petroleum Engineering course, reference number 160/10/W. Salary range AED 247,833-295,920 (about AED 20,650-24,650 per month).
Heriot Watt University Dubai honorary degrees
  • Mohammad Al Barwani, Chairman (and owner?) of MB Holding, an oil and gas company, for contributions to the oil and gas industry (press release 27 November 2010).
  • Dr Maram Reddy Sarangapani, Doctor of the University, awarded at the HW Edinburgh campus during a graduation ceremony for MBA students (press release 27 June 2010).
  • Sunny Varkey - founder and chairman of GEMS Education, awarded an honorary doctorate degree (WAM 26 November 2012).
13 November 2013 - new PhD programs at HW Dubai
  • HW Dubai announced new PhD degree programs being launched at the School of the Built Environment, School of Engineering and Physical Science, and School of Management and Languages.
  • Actual start date, fees, registration information not supplied. Unknown if this is related to previous news about PhD programs starting in 2009.
31 October 2013 - students cheating at Heriot-Watt Dubai
  • A report in the Times Higher Education (repeated in Emirates 24-7) said 125 out of about 1,000 students at the HW Dubai campus School of Management and Languages "were found guilty of academic misconduct" in 2011-2012, and referred to comments at a HW senate meeting in January 2013 from the principal, Steve Chapman, recorded in the minutes noting the "high proportion of cases involving collusion and plagiarism ... particularly among students in the School of Management and Languages".
  • The report also said that One member of the senate expressed concern that entrance standards at the campus were lower than for students in Edinburgh. But an anonymous spokeswoman for Heriot-Watt said that there was a minimum entry tariff that applied across all its campuses, but standards above that threshold could vary, and was quoted as saying "All students on identical programmes wherever they are taught are assessed according to the same criteria, and identical academic standards apply across the university."
  • The good news is that according to her, things have improved (or possibly the opposite for students who are looking for better cheating options) - In 2012-13, cases of cheating at the school dropped from 11.9 per cent of students to 4.7 per cent, the spokeswoman said.
  • Unknown whether this means HW University in Dubai has a higher cheating rate than other universities and colleges in the UAE, or lower, or about average. Statistics to compare the HW figures with are not easy to find as institutes in the UAE are reluctant to disclose them, preferring to take the line that there is no cheating going on, and ignoring student (and human) nature to try and find the path of least resistance. Heriot-Watt probably deserve to be admired for making such information public (assuming they did) and dealing with the problem.
22 September 2013
  • Phase 2 of new campus officially opened by Lord Green, the UK Minister of State for Trade and Investment.
  • The second phase includes student accommodation at the campus and other student services including a 700-seat auditorium, food court, coffee shop, beauty salon.
01 September 2013 - new property management degree
  • A Master's degree in Property Investment and Finance was or will be offered at HW University Dubai, recognised by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) (reported in The National).
28 April 2012 - new contact details HW-Dubai campus
  • Heriot Watt DIAC campus telephone +971-4-4358700, fax number not supplied (previous information tel +971-4-3616999, fax +971-4-3604800).
06 November 2011 - new Heriot-Watt Dubai campus opened
  • Phase I of the new campus was officially opened by the First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond. Capacity will double to 4,500 students.
  • Construction of Phase II will start in 2012 and will include an auditorium, halls of residence, sports facilities, and food outlets.
03 July 2011 - new Business Psychology programs at HW University Dubai (press release)
  • HW University announced a new Bachelor's degree in Management and Psychology, and a Masters in Business and Psychology. Fees, course length and details not supplied.
07 April 2011 - new courses at Heriot Watt University in Dubai
  • Press release from HW-Dubai said course portfolio was increasing by 25% for September 2011 with new courses in the areas of Business Psychology, Water Resources, Interior Design and Architectural Engineering.
  • Full list and details of new programs not supplied but include Masters in Business Psychology, Bachelor in Management & Psychology, Masters in Water Resources (MSc?).
  • New HW campus in DIAC expected to open September 2011, with capacity for an additional 3,000 students.
13 September 2010 - Heriot-Watt new courses for 2010 and 2011
  • New courses at HW University Dubai starting September 2010 announced by Professor Ammar Kaka, a Vice-Principal of Heriot-Watt University, Executive Dean and Head of Heriott-Watt University Dubai Campus, who said in a press release "A number of new programmes are being offered this September including MSC in Finance, Business Management with International Marketing, Business Management with HRM, Business Management with Finance and International Accountancy and Finance."
  • Prof Kaka also said "We are now proposing to introduce 10 extra programmes for September 2011 in line with our plans to move into the new purpose-built campus," but didn't say what the new programs would be.
  • Unknown if the press release statement of Prof Kaka's position as "Head of Heriott-Watt University Dubai Campus" means Professor Brian Smart is out of a job. He was previously named as head of HW Dubai but name not found on HW Dubai website now. No information about staff change found or supplied.
19 July 2010 - Heriot Watt University Dubai expansion (The National)
  • Some alternative numbers for the HW University in Dubai expansion were provided in a report in The National.
  • Development cost AED 250 million (previously reported as AED 200 million).
  • Student capacity 2,500 (previous figure 3,000 or 4,500 students depending on how you read the press release), but the report seems to imply that is expected enrolment in September 2010, whereas the HW press release was referring to September 2011 when expansion is expected to be complete.
  • A follow up report in Arabian Business (19 July 2010) rehashing the report in The National seemed to think expansion work would be complete by September 2010 - The number of students at the campus will increase from 1,400 currently to 2,500 once work is complete after this summer, the National reports. Which would mean a period of less than 3 months to construct AED 200-250 million worth of buildings. Even by Dubai standards of speedy construction (sometimes), that seems overly optimistic.
12 July 2010 - Heriot Watt University Dubai expansion (press release)
  • New Heriot Watt Dubai campus being developed in partnership with Eikon International Holding providing 25% of investment?
  • Groundbreaking for new HW Dubai campus held on 10 July 2010. Completion date expected to be September 2011.
  • Development cost AED 200 million, campus area 28,000 sq meters (300,000 sq ft), capacity 3000 additional students (current campus has capacity of 1500 students).
  • New facilities will include student accommodation, food court, banking facilities, multi-purpose auditorium with capacity for 800 people, engineering laboratories, ICT labs with video-conferencing, fashion and design studios, smart card and fingerprint technologies for security
  • Additional courses and programs to be offered when new campus is ready include Actuarial Science, Applied Psychology, Architectural Engineering, Computer Sciences, Food Science, Financial Risk Management, Graphic Design, Interior Design, International Law, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Multimedia, Safety and Health.
31 October 2009
  • Heriot Watt Dubai is expanding, according to a Gulf News report. New location will still be in Dubai International Academic City (DIAC).
  • New programs planned for Dubai might include Built Environment, Petroleum Engineering, Fashion, Water Research.
  • Fees information updated, appears to be unchanged from 2008-2009.
  • HW Dubai websites at www.hw.ac.uk/home/dir/41/dubai-campus, www.hw.ac.uk/welcome/dubai.htm, and www.hw.ac.uk/dubai/.
15 June 2009 - Heriot-Watt Dubai MOU with Edexcel (press release)
  • HW Dubai signed an agreement with Edexcel which provides students who have obtained a BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) an opportunity for accelerated placement into a Heriot-Watt University degree program at the Dubai campus.
08 May 2009
  • A report in The National about PhDs being offered at UAE University, also said that HW Dubai was planning to offer PhD programs starting in July or August 2009.
18 April 2009
  • Tuition fees updated (previously AED 38,000-78,000 per year). Tuition fees according to HW website are:
    • One year degree entry program costs AED 25,000
    • Bachelor's level programs are AED 39,500 or AED 44,500 per year for 3-5 years.
    • MA (Hons) programs are AED 39,500 per year for 4 years.
    • MSc programs are AED 58,000, AED 60,000, or AED 98,000 (for the petroleum engineeering course) total for each course. Duration is 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time (total course fee is the same).
    • MBA courses are AED 8300 each for on-campus study, total 9 courses (AED 74,700). Add exam fee of AED 500-700 (£100) per course.
10 March 2009 - new Fashion degrees
  • Heriot Watt University Dubai School of Textiles and Design will launch 2 new fashion degrees from September 2009 - BA (Hons) in Fashion Design, and BA (Hons) in Fashion Marketing and Retailing (press release).
03 February 2009 - new Civil Engineering Degree
  • A Bachelor of Engineering degree, BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering, duration 4 years, is scheduled for launch from September 2009 (press release).
  • Program covers all main areas of civil engineering including Design, Geotechnics, Health & Safety, Structures, Sustainable Development, Transportation Engineering, Water Engineering.
  • BEng graduates can continue to do a Master of Engineering (MEng) by completing 1 year at the main HW campus in Edinburgh.
10 December 2008
  • Ruth Moir appointed as Director of International Development of Heriot-Watt University in Scotland.
  • Professor Brian Smart takes over position of Head of Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus.
01 October 2007
  • Professor Keith Cornwell retires as Head of Heriot Watt Dubai. Mrs Ruth Moir becomes Head of Heriot-Watt Dubai University Campus (HWUDC).
  • Professor Brian Smart takes on the role of Executive Dean of Heriott Watt Dubai.
12 June 2007
  • Heriot Watt has a good reputation in the UK having received a number of awards and high rankings eg in the Financial Times and The Times Higher Education league tables and university ratings lists in the UK.
  • Courses include management, technology and engineering at present. In October 2006 more courses offered in areas of Applied Mathematics, Construction Management, Food Science, Mechanical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering.
  • Student accommodation available in Sharjah.
  • Qualifications and courses include Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Arts, Business Administration, Engineering, and Science.
  • Heriot Watt Dubai office at Knowledge Village also, tel +971-4-3671765 and fax +971-4-3672978.
Last update 28 April 2012
General comments - might not apply to Heriot Watt University Dubai
  • Fees, facilities, education quality varies widely. Allow extra fees for visa, transport, accommodation.
  • Salaries, accommodation, other benefits for lecturer jobs vary substantially. Check contracts carefully for medical, housing, flight allowances, etc.
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