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Edinburgh Napier University

UCAS Code: E59

Location: Edinburgh, central Scotland Show on Map

Site: Sites across city plus health sites; partner colleges

A professional university; a member of the million+ group of universities. 

Student Population

Total Students:14,060
FE Students:0%


Total undergraduates:11,375
Full Time:84%
Mature on Entry:41%
UK Students:81%
State school entry:94%

Teaching Staff

Approx 725 + 65 research staff

Broad study areas

E-business & information management, social sciences, alternative medicine, built environment & civil engineering, financial services & accounting, computing & IT, hospitality & tourism, life sciences, health & nursing, design & media arts, communication arts, business management, law, engineering. 


Admission Information:Minimum 3-4 Highers or 2 A-levels at grade C or above; AS-levels may count in addition. 
Points on Entry (Mean):263
Drop Out Rate:11%
Accommodation:Most first years housed (if not local and apply by deadline) 


Founded:1964 as Napier College; university status in 1992.
Site:Four main sites: Craighouse (communication arts and music in grade A listed Victorian campus); Merchiston (engineering, computing and creative industries); Craiglockhart (newly-refurbished business school); new Sighthill campus (health, life & social sciences). Also campuses at Marchmont and Morningside and outside the city at Livingston and Melrose.
How to get there:City easily accessible by train and coach from all over the UK; airport 8 miles (cheap flights from London and other centres). All campuses within 15 mins of city centre, well-served by frequent bus services and linked by cycle paths. 
Special features:Flexible learning, wide access routes, credit accumulation system; advanced entry possible on relevant degrees for those with HNC & HND. Innovative programme of personal development designed to promote confidence, improve self awareness and enhance employability. High graduate employment rate.

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:University mentoring scheme (new students work with existing students on the same course, to help orientation and problem-solving). Student finance support, student advisers, special needs coordinators, medical officers, nurses, counselling and a chaplaincy. 
Amenities:Student association (NSA) facilities at each campus. Shops at main campuses including restaurants and cafés. 
Sporting facilities:New gym and sports centre at Sighthill Campus, including fitness suite with state-of-the-art gym equipment, sports hall for eg badminton, tabletennis, football and basketball.
Accommodation:All first years housed who live 30 miles from city centre and apply by deadline. 900 rooms, all for first years: rents from £97–£98 per week for 9 months (includes utilities and internet connection). Many students live in privately-owned accommodation for whole course, rents approx ££80 pw self-catering.

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:Fully networked libraries at 4 main campuses: 450,000 volumes, 2500 periodicals, 1100 study places. Information provision, £93 pa spent for each student (FTE). 500-seat computing centre at Merchiston Campus (open 24/7) allows access to online lecture notes and study aids via WebCT; learning resource centre at Sighthill, with 300+ computers and C&IT help available. 1900 workstations across the campuses and in all halls of residence.
Other learning resources:Multimedia language lab and adaptive technology centre for students with special needs.
Careers:Information, advice and placement service. Work placements part of many courses.


Living expenses budget:Minimum budget of £650 per month (excluding tuition fees) recommended by university. University has advice booklet covering student funding. 
Term-time work:University recommends a maximum of 15 hours a week in term-time jobs. University careers service and NSA Job Bank both have information on part-time jobs. 
Financial help:Bursaries of £2000 pa for UK students from outside Scotland whose family income is up to £25k pa, or of £1000 pa where family income is £25k−£42.6k pa. A variety of other awards for particular groups of students, from different countries and on specified courses. Discretionary fund (approx 1500 students helped last year), childcare funds (100 students helped) etc. Students can apply to the student funding office.
University tuition fees:Scottish and EU students paid no fees during course; other UK students paid £6500 pa for first degree courses. International students paid £9310 pa (classroom), £10,820 (lab/studio).


Academic features:

All courses are vocationally oriented, modular and taught in semesters. New degree courses include maintenance surveying, transport management, sports technology, internet computing. 

Awarding body:

Edinburgh Napier University

Main undergraduate awards:

BA, BEng, BDes, BMus, BN, BSc, LLB

Length of courses:

3 years (ordinary degrees and nursing), 4 years (honours).

Main subjects offered:

  • Accountancy
  • Acting
  • Advertising
  • Animal Science
  • Architectural Design
  • Architectural Technology
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Broadcasting
  • Building Studies
  • Building Surveying
  • Building Technology
  • Business Administration
  • Business Economics
  • Business Studies
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication Engineering
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Technology
  • Computing
  • Construction
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Cultural Studies
  • E-business
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Energy Engineering
  • Engineering (General)
  • English
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Estate Management
  • Events Management
  • Film Studies
  • Financial Services
  • Forensic Science
  • Graphic Design
  • Health
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Communication
  • Human Resource Management
  • Immunology
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Interactive Multimedia
  • Interior Design
  • International Business
  • Internet Technology
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Leisure Studies
  • Management
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Marine Biology
  • Marketing
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Microbiology
  • Midwifery
  • Multimedia
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Photography
  • Polymers
  • Popular Music
  • Product Design
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations
  • Publishing
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Social Science
  • Sociology
  • Software Engineering
  • Sports Sciences
  • Surveying
  • Telecommunications Engineering
  • Tourism
  • Toxicology
  • Transport Studies
  • Veterinary Nursing
  • Web Development/Design

Student view

Tom Zanelli, Union President (Festival and events, with entrepreneurship)


What's it like as a place to live?

Edinburgh is an amazing place to live – hills, sea, architecture, lots of places to eat and drink, good night life for students. It's small enough to walk around and just about big enough to avoid people in, but still know what they are up to.

How's the student accommodation?

Just under 1000 places in five locations currently. It's OK until something needs fixing. But smart new residences planned for 1000 with a student centre.

What's the student population like?

Friendly and informal. Higher than average numbers of mature students, a growing international population, part-time students, as well as students from the EU and rest of the UK, including those from local area.

How do students and locals get on?

Not bad. Walking home on your own after a club is not recommended anywhere or for anyone, but we can co-exist without too much hassle. The Union is trying to get students more interested in projects the communities in which they live.


What's it like as a place to study?

Modern courses for modern careers – plenty of emphasis on group work and presentation skills, focus on industry standards rather than dry old academic stuff that belongs to another age .

What are the teaching staff like?

We have some imaginative teachers, some with industry experience, and most of them willing to try new techniques and ideas to engage with their students. Most of them are really approachable.


What are student societies like?

Plenty of sports clubs but some societies are short-lived.

What's a typical night out?

A few drinks in the flat, then down to the union bar for pre-club drinks and entertainment, and to meet up with everyone to go to the club.

... And how much does it cost?

£1.99 a pint in the Napier Union Bar.

How can you get home safely?

A shared taxi is the best bet for safety.


Is it an expensive place to live?

Yes. Edinburgh is prestigious and people want to live here because it's such a great place. Rents are not cheap and the loan won't stretch to the kind of student life you want to lead – unless you get a job.

Average price of a pint?


And the price of a takeaway?


What's the part-time work situation?

Things are a lot tighter this year because there aren't so many jobs around for students. Many students even found it difficult to work over the summer vacation – Festival City notwithstanding.


What's the best feature about the place?

The city itself is beautiful and amazing. Napier people are friendly and unpretentious.

And the worst?

The weather sucks. Nobody needs that much darkness or winter.

And to sum it all up?

Edinburgh Napier, situated in beautiful Edinburgh, producing modern graduates for a modern economy.

Past Students

Ian Buchanan (Edinburgh Councillor), Steve Jacks (Radio Forth DJ), Jane Franchie (BBC Scotland), Greg Kane (Hue & Cry), Gavin Hastings (Scottish rugby), Ali Paton (Siren in Gladiators). 

More info?

Ring NSA on 0131 229 8791, email nsa@napier.ac.uk. See what's on at www.napierstudents.com. 



Edinburgh Napier University
Craiglockhart Campus
EH14 1DJ


08452 60 60 40





Student enquiries:

Information Office 


UCAS (direct for part-time, CATCH for nursing & midwifery).  

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