Scottish Universities

Edinburgh Napier University

Edinburgh Napier University is one of the largest higher education institutions in Scotland with nearly 16,000 Photo of university buildingsstudents including almost 4,000 international students from over 100 countries.

As Edinburgh\'s Professional University:

  • We are amongst the top ten institutions in the UK for the employability of our graduates (HESA 2009) - 98.6% of our postgraduate students are in work or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2007/8).
  • The average salary for our postgraduate leavers in full-time paid work only (including self-employment) is £33,235 compared to £21,270 for an undergraduate (DLHE 2007/8).
  • We offer industry informed courses which combine the optimum balance of theory and practice, so that our graduates can \'hit the ground running\' with their careers.
  • Our contemporary cross disciplinary courses are aligned to today\'s job market and economic needs. For example, Digital Forensics, Screenwriting, Environmental Sustainability, Festival and Event Management and Sport Performance Enhancement.
  • Our courses are accredited by 34 professional bodies.
  • We are a truly international University with 36.8 % of our students coming from overseas and course materials designed to give you the global perspective required for today\'s worldwide marketplace.
  • We are the only UK Higher Education Institution to specifically offer a programme, titled \'Confident Futures\', aimed at developing the softer skills sought by employers.
  • Our proactive careers support, includes job preparation master classes, employer networking events and career fairs.

Find out more

Come to our Postgraduate Open Day to meet course leaders and find out more:

Call us to arrange an alternative date to visit our facilities on 08452 60 60 40 or +44 (0) 131 455 2801 from outside the UK.

Alternatively simply explore our website and apply online once you have found the right course for you

Our courses

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Edinburgh Napier offers more than 100 different professional postgraduate courses, with taught and research opportunities in our three faculties:

  • The Business School
  • Faculty of Engineering, Computing & Creative Industries
  • Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences

Check out our full course listings to see what we offer.

Flexible options to fit your lifestyle

We realise that not everyone is able to attend university full-time or follow a standard academic calendar. Our courses don\'t just begin in September - if that doesn\'t suit you, we also have options for a January start and on some courses at other times of the year too. Many of our courses offer flexible learning options such as part-time, distance learning or a combination of methods known as blended learning. Our research degrees may start at any time throughout the year.

As well as set courses, we also offer Customised Masters Programmes. These allow you to study modules from different subject areas, creating a personal course which best suits your career aspirations.

What others think

"I find Edinburgh Napier very forward looking, not only in academic terms but also in professional and personal development. Edinburgh Napier links studying with the real world, which is what business is all about. It has an international focus and, for me, the global connections are irreplaceable. Other universities simply can\'t offer such international ties - these are very unique." 
Vicky Khunapramot,
PhD Business of Art
"Edinburgh Napier University has afforded me opportunities that I would not have had anywhere else. The research that I am undertaking is unique and the findings will be of major relevance to commercial timber frame housing manufacturers. I have the opportunity to learn within industry which is a huge benefit for me and my research." 
Kenny Leitch,
PhD Civil & Timber Engineering

Read more about the Edinburgh Napier postgraduate student experience on our website.

Leading the way in research

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Nine Institutes of Research Excellence have recently been established at Edinburgh Napier each offering expertise in different areas. Have a look at Edinburgh Napier\'s Research & Knowledge Transfer centres. The UK-wide 2008 Research Assessment Exercise reported that many areas of Edinburgh Napier\'s research are world-leading or of international excellence.

The University\'s Building Performance Centre was awarded the Queen\'s Anniversary Prize 2009 for Higher and Further Education. The award was made for \'Innovative housing construction for environmental benefit and quality of life\'.

Edinburgh Napier is a leading, professional university committed to excellence in teaching, learning, research and transferring our knowledge to business. Our graduates make a real contribution to employers and to the economic development and quality of life of their communities. Our research focuses on specialist areas aligned with the present and future needs of businesses, ensuring it has an immediate economic impact, contributes to business improvement and produces positive effects for the economy and society in the future.

State-of-the-art facilities

Edinburgh Napier is a multi-campus university and as part of the University\'s £100m investment in our estates, we are currently redeveloping our campus at Sighthill. The state-of-the-art Sighthill Campus will become home to the Faculty of Health, Life and Social Sciences, providing a modern, purpose-built, sustainable building with premier teaching and learning facilities. It has been designed to create a great learning environment, to help you graduate with the best possible career prospects.

At our Merchiston Campus, the 500-seat Jack Kilby computing centre is open 24/7 and students have access to online lecture notes and study aids via WebCT. There are fully networked libraries at each campus, and a multimedia language lab and adaptive technology centre for students with special needs. The Craiglockhart Campus has a fitness suite with qualified staff to provide inductions, health advice and personalised fitness programmes.

We\'ll support you

Information and advice is available on a range of issues including money, health, personal issues and many more.

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Just some of these services include:

  • Comprehensive Careers Service - 98.6% of postgraduate students from Edinburgh Napier are working in graduate level jobs
  • International Support
  • Chaplaincy
  • Counselling
  • Sports & recreation
  • Accommodation
  • Special needs & disability
  • Mentoring & a dedicated academic adviser

We can even help before you arrive and after you leave Edinburgh Napier eg with career development or pre-arrival immigration help.

Edinburgh: Scotland\'s inspiring capital

Edinburgh is the Athens of the North; a vibrant place to live with four universities that attract around 100,000 students - giving the city its own unique buzz. Scotland\'s inspiring capital deserves its reputation as one of the most beautiful locations in the world and tops the list of European cities where people would most like to live. Clean, compact and safe, Edinburgh is a modern, cosmopolitan, European city with a diverse, multicultural community. No wonder it\'s been voted one of the most student friendly cities in the UK!

Edinburgh is a UNESCO World Heritage site with a population of about 450,000. It boasts:

  • 1,037 hectares of parkland - equivalent to 4,500 football pitches
  • Over 200 cafés and restaurants
  • The medieval Royal Mile
  • 100+ libraries, including the National Library of Scotland
  • 10 international festivals
  • Dozens of music gigs every week

Edinburgh is home to many international businesses, being the fifth largest financial centre in Europe. Since 1999 Scotland has had its own devolved government with 129 MSPs sitting in the award-winning Scottish parliament building at Holyrood, Edinburgh.

Money matters

There are 150 postgraduate study places currently available to Scottish and EU students funded by the Student Awards Agency - find out more on our individual course listings, and be sure to apply quickly as these are very popular.

Student grants are available on a limited basis. For more information on funding your study see our Money pages. You may also be able to apply for a Career Development Loan of up to £8,000 to help fund up to two years of training.

Funded research studentships are normally advertised in March / June on and Edinburgh Napier\'s Vacancies site.