Edinburgh Napier University
- Undergraduate Students
- Postgraduate Students
- International Students
- 4.03 / 5.00
- 2.52 / 4.00
- 0.19 / 1.00
- 71.4 / 100.0
- 74.4 / 100.0
- 79.1 / 100.0
Edinburgh Napier University combines professional know-how with an academic approach and work-related learning to help its students succeed beyond university. Meanwhile, its research works to improve lives in Scotland and across the globe.
- Edinburgh Napier asks for specific grades in a certain number of subjects rather than using tariff points for entry.
- For SQA Higher applicants looking for entry to year 1, it looks for grades in the range of ABBB–BBCC depending on the course applied for. For A level applicants, it looks for grades from BBC–CCC.
- Tariff points are only used as a tool for comparing qualifications.
- Please refer to the university website or prospectus for course-specific entry requirements.
- Courses are designed with and reviewed by key industry partners to give students the best chance of success.
- A range of assessment methods are used to both challenge students and build their confidence and skills. Many assessments are practical, giving the opportunity to experience real-life projects and situations.
- Edinburgh Napier offers flexible learning through full-time, part-time, online and distance learning options, with three quarters of its course provision offering work-related learning opportunities.
- Its extensive links to industry allow for various placement, internship and volunteering opportunities for students throughout their studies. It currently has partnerships with a number of the world’s leading brands, including Huawei Technologies.
- The university also gives students the opportunity to study abroad within a network of partner institutions on established international and short-term exchange programmes, alongside providing support for those looking to volunteer or work abroad.
- It is also part of the Erasmus+ exchange programme, giving students the opportunity to study or work in another European country.
Student Services and Facilities
- Craiglockhart campus has an extensive library and various language and multimedia labs along with over 100 computers. It also houses the university’s War Poets Collection: a permanent exhibition of words, memories and voices from the First World War.
- The Sighthill campus now houses the schools of Applied Sciences and Health & Social Care, with facilities including realistic hospital wards, a simulation and clinical skills centre, sports science laboratories and a 5-storey Learning Resource Centre with café, library and IT facilities.
- Merchiston campus caters to creative, computing and engineering students, with cutting-edge cyber security laboratories, TV and film studios, a business incubator, two cafés, and a 500-seat computing centre, with Mac and PC hardware, open 24 hours a day in Trimesters 1 and 2.
- The university welcomes people with disabilities, long-term health conditions and specific learning difficulties and has put in place a number of services to provide students with positive support in all aspects of university life.
- Edinburgh Napier’s disability and inclusion team operates regular appointment and drop-in sessions throughout the academic year across all 3 campuses. Meetings can also be arranged for prospective students to visit the university before they arrive to study.
- Assistance includes general advice and guidance, support and assessment for disabled students’ allowance, and dedicated staff to offer technology support, on-course support, exam support and advice on accommodation and parking requirements.
- Run by Edinburgh Napier Students’ Association (ENSA), The Union Bar is located upstairs at The Three Sisters in the Cowgate area of Edinburgh.
- The social hub for the university, the bar acts as the perfect space to eat, drink, play games, celebrate and relax. It is also the destination of choice for a number of Edinburgh Napier’s society meetings, fundraisers, parties and regularly helps toast many of Team Napier’s sporting successes.
- Open 7 days a week and with a licence until 3am on Friday and Saturday, The Union Bar is the only place of its kind in Edinburgh.
Availability of Part-Time Work
- Edinburgh is an incredibly student-friendly city and offers plenty of opportunities for part-time employment during term time.
- Edinburgh Napier’s careers service provides guidance and advice for those searching for part-time work, including help with CVs, applications, and job interviews. It also holds a part-time work fair every year.
- Edinburgh Napier provides careers information, advice and guidance to students and graduates, running workshops to help students identify career options, 1-to-1 guidance sessions and working closely with the university’s Employer Opportunities Team to allow students and graduates to liaise with relevant employers and industry professionals.
- The Confident Futures programme workshops help students develop personal skills and attributes to enhance their employability. The workshops are designed to equip students to thrive while at university as well as in the workplace.
- Over 95% of graduates are either in work or further study within 6 months of graduating.
12,585 students in 2015–16:
Level of study
- Undergraduate 82%
- Postgraduate 18%
Mode of study
- Full Time 80%
- Part Time 20%
Where students come from
- UK 80%
- EU 13%
- Other 8%
- Male 44%
- Female 56%
- Now home to over 19,500 students from over 140 countries, Edinburgh Napier first welcomed 800 students as Napier Technical College in 1964 and became Edinburgh Napier University in 2009.
- It takes its name from John Napier, the brilliant 16th-century mathematician, inventor of logarithms and the decimal point, whose first home is still part of the university’s Merchiston campus.
- Lynsey Sharp – athletics.
- Catriona Shearer – BBC broadcaster.
- Carol Kirkwood – BBC weather presenter.
- Gordon Smart – Scottish journalist and radio DJ.
- Mark Robertson – rugby player, Olympic silver medallist.
- Chris Paterson – rugby player.
- Robyn Love – wheelchair basketball player and Paralympian.
- Rory Douglas-Speed – actor and star of Hollyoaks.
- David Eustace – photographer and University Chancellor.
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