We are concerned for the safety of our current and prospective students.


In response to national and international guidelines for COVID-19, all postgraduate examinations in April, May and June have been deferred and will now take place in August.


Why have we defered exams?

The University is concerned for the welfare of all our students - current and future - and has cancelled all in-person examinations as part of the global guidance on restricting gatherings of large numbers of people. Other universities in the UK and across the world are taking similar actions.

When will deferred exams be held?

All deferred exams will be moved to the next available exam session automatically. The updated timetable and other arrangements will be published here as soon as we are able to confirm arrangements.

At present we expect the next available diet to be August 2020. We plan to run the August 2020 exams session as a ‘major diet’ with all subjects available for examination.

Although, arrangements for the August diet will be kept under review as the situation develops.

What impact will the deferral have?

There will be no adverse impact to students from the deferral of exams. June 2020 exam entry will be moved to August 2020 automatically and free of charge.

Will courses continue to run?

Courses will continue to be available online and academic staff are running those in the normal way. You can contact faculty with academic queries using the learning portal forums, as usual.

If you're considering studying through one of our approved learning partners, contact the team at their partner institution directly for up-to-date information on teaching arrangements.

Online students get advice and support from our network of regional support centres, contact your nearest office or email our enquiries team at ebs.enquiries@hw.ac.uk 

Please be assured that we are doing everything we can to mitigate the impact of the ongoing situation with COVID-19 and student safety and welfare are our first priority.

We will continue to update this page as things progress and will publish the revised August examination timetable, revised registration and deferral deadlines by the end of April.

The University's latest updates on the developing COVID-19 situation can be found on the Heriot-Watt website.

If you have any further questions, contact our dedicated call centre which is open from 9am until 5pm (UK time) Monday to Friday on (+44) 0131 451 8899.

Stay safe and stay in touch

While many of us are working and studying from home it is important to remember ways to stay connected - our Facebook group for MBA students which is a great way to stay in touch with classmates from around the globe.