Time for celebration

You've put in a lot of hard work. And now you're ready to gain your reward.
Graduation is a very special time for all of our online students. It marks the culmination of study with Edinburgh Business School and the starting point of the next exciting phase of your career.

Successful students receive their awards from Heriot-Watt University. The graduation ceremonies are a celebration of achievement and an opportunity for you to meet your fellow students.

Where and when

Graduation ceremonies take place twice yearly in Edinburgh at Heriot-Watt University, in June and November. Additional ceremonies are held at Heriot-Watt University campuses in Dubai and Kuala Lumpur.

Eligible students have the option to graduate in person, at the next available ceremony, defer their graduation until a later ceremony, or graduate in absentia in April or September. Students who graduate in absentia will also have the option to attend the next available ceremony in person.

Whether you've studied for an online MBA, MSc, DBA or PhD, we ensure that your graduation is truly a time for celebration. When you have met the requirements for your degree, your eligibility for the award must be signed off by the Business School and Heriot Watt University. Once this has happened, you will be sent an email which will contain all the information you need to register and pay for your graduation.

Please note that eligible graduands have two years to register and attend a graduation ceremony, after which you will be able to graduate in absentia. 

Edinburgh Business School and Heriot Watt University are prohibited from inviting any person to this country by the UK Border’s Agency and we comply totally with their directive. 

The only visa needed to enter the UK by one of our graduands is the Standard Visitor Visa, the application of which does not require a letter or email from a University.

Our graduates

We have graduates all over the world

Studying our programmes in all our locations.

Active students

Studying our programmes in all our locations.

Graduates from our programmes.


Graduates from our programmes.

We have students and graduates across the world.


We have students and graduates across the world.

Heriot-Watt University graduation ceremonies

You'll find all the information you need to apply for and attend your graduation ceremony

Visit Heriot-Watt University website

You'll find out...

How to apply
Information for your guests
How to hire your gown
How to buy merchandise, and more.

There's also a step-by-step guide...

Graduation (external link)

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