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Edinburgh Napier University

About Edinburgh Napier University

Edinburgh Napier University is a public university in Edinburgh, Scotland . Started in 1964 as Napier Technical College with 800 students, now more than 19,500 students from over 140 countries are studying there. 
University is located in Edinburgh which is the capital of Scotland, which regularly wins awards for its quality of life and for being a top attraction for visitors. In addition to being famous for its beauty and history, Edinburgh is also a very prosperous city with the UK's strongest urban economy and transportation mix outside London. Clean, compact and safe, 
Edinburgh Napier has academic partnerships in China, India, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Myanmar and other countries around the world. Those partnerships facilitate programs for enhanced learning and international exposure for students and faculty exchange.


Edinburgh Napier University has three campuses in Edinburgh offering advanced learning, teaching and research facilities.

Craiglockhart Campus

Home to the business school, Craiglockhart campus is a blend of old and new. Set within the attractive grounds overlooking Edinburgh, the facilities include 200-and 400-seater lecture theaters and language and multimedia labs. It's also a center for innovation and enterprise.

Sighthill Campus

More than 5,000 students and staff from the School of Applied Sciences and the School of Health & Social Care are served on Sighthill campus. Facilities include life-like hospitals, a suite for clinical skills, sports science labs and a [EN]GAGE sports centre.

Merchiston Campus

Students from the engineering and built environment, computing and creative industries are based in Merchiston. Here you will find the Jack Kilby Computing Centre, the Edinburgh Napier Students 'Association, a computer games lab, newsrooms, TV, radio and photography studios and soundproofed studios for the industry.


At the moment, Edinburgh Napier houses 1300 students across four sites in and around the city centre. Their accommodation is affordable, modern and with the supported by dedicated University staff team.

Edinburgh Napier works beyond universities to secure success for its students. In addition to leading academic theory, students will find professional know-how and extensive connections within the industry. Academics at the university will teach and inspire, as well as provide industry connections and help students build international networks that they will value for the rest of their lives.


Edinburgh Napier received the Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2009 & 2015. 

Ranking & Teaching Quality

  • The quality of teaching, internationalisation, and employability were all recognized in the 2019 QS Stars international university rankings, with five stars in each category. The University scored four stars overall.
  • In the 2019 National Student Survey, 79% of students were satisfied with the quality of their course. 

Academic Divisions

Edinburgh Napier University consists of six specialized schools . Each school is an impressive institution of its own right, with world-class facilities, academics, researchers and international ties.

  • Business School, 
  • School of Applied Sciences, 
  • School of Arts & Creative Industries, 
  • School of Computing,
  •  School of Engineering & Built Environment and 
  • School of Health & Social Care. 

Study Options Available

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Acting
  • Biosciences
  • Building and Surveying
  • Business and Management
  • Computing
  • Criminology Psychology and Sociology
  • Design, Photography & Advertising
  • Engineering
  • English, Creative Writing and Publishing
  • Film Journalism and Media
  • Health & Social Care
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Music
  • Nursing and Midwifery
  • Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Teaching
  • Tourism Hospitality Festival and Events Management
  • Vet Nursing

Why  Edinburgh Napier University  ( Advantages)

  • Located in the amazing Capital of Scotland , Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh is the 3rd safest city in the world
  • Top UK University with  5 QS Stars.
  • Courses are among the top in the UK.
  • 95 % Graduate Employability Rate.
  • Top modern university in the UK for  Music, Media ,Drama,Dances, and Film Studies.
  • Focuses on Practical Work Related training.
  • Guaranteed accommodation for First year International Students
  • Special Scholarships for International Students

How to Reach?

Traveling to Edinburgh from across the UK and abroad is both quick and convenient. As Scotland's capital and a major tourist destination, Edinburgh is a major transportation hub offering excellent air, rail and road connections as well as travel options that will easily get you to three campuses.


Edinburgh Airport is located just 8 miles west of the city centre. Passengers can now fly directly to Edinburgh on more than 25 airlines from 120 destinations around the world including 30 different countries.
Upon arrival at Edinburgh Airport, in about 30 minutes, Lothian Buses, Edinburgh Trams or local taxis will take you to the city centre. All three campuses are connected by major bus routes and the The Sighthill campus can be reached by tram directly from the airport.


Edinburgh's Waverley and Haymarket stations in the city centre offer mainline access to the whole of the UK, including regular services to London and on to Europe. 


Edinburgh is well-served by the UK motorway system, positioned on the A1 (M1) for travel south, M9 and M90 north and M8 west. Bus services also link Edinburgh with cities across the UK.

Edinburgh Napier University Financial Aids/Scholarships

  • Excluding students from partner universities, a tuition discount of 500 GBP is made available to students that make payments at least 30 days before matriculation
  • Types of aids open to international students at Edinburgh Napier are waivers, bursaries, grants, discounts, and scholarships
  • Examples of scholarships open to international students include:
  • South Asia Scholarship: This is a scholarship that excludes students studying MBA (Engineering Management), MBA (Strategic Project Management) and MBA (Leadership Practice), and it is awarded to students from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka who are self-funding students. The scholarship lasts for a year and the value ranges from 2,000 GBP to 3,000 GBP. Students must from the eligible countries and hold an offer to study an undergraduate, masters, or Ph.D. programs. Students must possess an HSC certificate or CGPA of 60% and above to qualify for the scholarship. This is an automatic entrance scholarship and thus, it requires a separate application.
  • Scotland’s SaltireScholarship: Available to students from Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Pakistan, and the United States of America. These awards are 50 numbers each year with an individual value of 8,000 GBP for only one year of study. To be eligible, the student must hold a conditional or unconditional offer to study a master's degree at the university, pass the language requirements for the program, must not have received a Saltire scholarship or studied an undergraduate degree at Scotland, and must be able to show proof of financial ability to cater for living costs and tuition fees.

Famous Aluminis

  • Shehzad Afzal, film director and screenwriter
  • Kaberi Gain, Bengali author and social activist
  • David Hamilton, tenor
  • El Mafrex, singer-songwriter
  • Alan Fisher, journalist; Senior Correspondent, Al Jazeera English
  • Amanda Hamilton, broadcaster
  • Carol Kirkwood, BBC weather forecaster
  • Craig McGill, writer, media analyst and PR consultant
  • Neil McIntosh, journalist with the Wall Street Journal
  • Catriona Shearer, BBC Reporting Scotland anchor
  • Gordon Smart, journalist and show business editor at The Sun
  • Jim White, sports news presenter for Sky Sports News and Talk Sport radio
  • John Andrew Barrett, former Scottish Liberal Democrat MP
  • Jayne Baxter, Labour party politician
  • Jim Dobbin, English Labour MP
  • Tom Harris, former Scottish Labour MP
  • Graeme Morrice, former Labour Party MP
  • Danielle Rowley, Scottish Labour MP
  • Alex Salmond, former First Minister of Scotland and Scottish National Party MP
  • Tavish Scott, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP
  • Peter Hoffmann, author, athlete, fencer
  • Jamie Mayer, rugby player
  • Lynsey Sharp, GB Olympian (800m) finalist
  • Kyle Traynor, rugby player
  • Paolo Buoni, promoter of Renewable Energy technologies in Europe; Director of the European Energy Centre
  • Moray Callum, Scottish automotive designer
  • David Eustace, photographer and Chancellor at Edinburgh Napier University
  • Neil Poulton, industrial designer

English Language Requirements :

UG and PG:

  • IELTS – 6.0 or equivalent with No band less than 5.5.
  • TOEFL – 80 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing.
  • PTE – 56 overall with a minimum of 51 in each component.

The Requirements may vary for some Programs.

For further Details on Entry Requirements, Click HERE.

Edinburgh Napier University Highlights

Type of university Public
Location United Kingdom
Mode of Payment Direct payment, cash by post, Western Union, credit or debit card, or ePay.
Accreditation The Engineering Accreditation Board (EAB) or other recognized bodies
FAFSA Code G34184
Student population 19,500
Housing capacity 1,240 students
The average cost of attendance 28,000-30,000 GBP

Edinburgh Napier University Average Tuition Fees And Other Expenses

The table below shows the estimated cost of living in UK while attending the institute. The cost is presented annually and may vary according to the needs of individuals.

Item Amount per annum in GBP
Tuition fees 15,522-17,472
Accommodation, Food, Transportation, Books and Supplies, Insurance, etc. 12,600
Total 28,122-30,072

Edinburgh Napier University Application process

Application fee:

  • Undergraduate: 13 GBP to 24 GBP
  • Graduate: Not available

Supporting documents:

  • Academic transcripts and certificates
  • References
  • English proficiency proof
  • Personal statement
  • CV or resume
  • Interview or portfolio (if required)
  • Copy of passport/visa
  • Copy of CAS (if applicable)

Academic requirements:

  • Undergraduate: Overall of 60% in Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) or higher in the Intermediate (10+2) (XII Standard) or the international United Kingdom equivalent.
  • Graduate: Bachelor degree or its equivalent

English Proficiency Test Scores 

For taught undergraduate and graduate programs, any one of the following test scores are required:

Accepted tests Minimum required scores
IELTS (Academic) Overall, of 6.0 with no element lower than 5.5
TOEFL iBT Overall, of 80 with a minimum of 17 in listening, 20 in speaking, 18 in reading, and 17 in writing
Pearson’s Test of Academic English Overall, of 56 with a minimum of 51 in each element
Cambridge C2 Proficiency (or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE)) Overall, of 169 with a minimum of 162 in each element
Cambridge B2 First (or Cambridge English First (FCE)) Overall, of 169 with a minimum of 162 in each element
Cambridge C1 Advanced (or Cambridge English Advanced (CAE)) Overall, of 169 with a minimum of 162 in each element
Trinity Integrated Skills Test (ISE) ISEII, ISEIII, ISEIV with a pass in each element

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, other tests that are accepted by the university include TOEFL ‘At Home’ Test (same scores as of TOEFL iBT), IELTS Indicator (same scores as of TOEFL iBT), online Edinburgh Napier English Language Courses, Duolingo, and IELTS Academic tests taken more than two years but less than four years will be considered with the use of English language in work or education during that period playing a big role.

Duolingo test and its IELTS equivalent is shown below

IELTS score Duolingo equivalent
6.0 with no subsection lower than 5.5 95-105
6.5 with no subsection lower than 6.0 105-115
7.0 with no subsection lower than 6.5 115-125
7.5 with no subsection lower than 7.0 125-135

Know more about Studying in UK

Tuition Fees in UK (1st Year Average) MS: £17276 | MBA: £17276 | BE/Btech: £16632 | BBA: £15130 | BSc: £16632 | MFin: £19000 | MA: £15560 | MIM: £18241 | MEM: £16950 | MArch: £14271 | BHM: £12662 | MIS: £15344 | MEng: £12876 | MBBS: £28865| MPharm: £15452
Average Accomodation & Food Costs in UK £850 to £1,050 a month
Entrance Exams in UK TOEFL: 88 | IELTS: 6.5 | PTE: 59 | GMAT: 590
Work and Study in UK Permitted for 20 hours/week with a valid study permit.
Post Study Work Permit in UK 2 Year after graduation depending on the course.
Cost of Student Visa in UK £348
Student Visa in UK Your nationality, duration of your stay and purpose of your stay are the three essential factors for UK visa. For Non-EU students UK visa is mandatory.
Intakes in UK There are mainly two intakes in UK: January/February & September/October.
Top Job Sectors in UK IT Engineering, Product Design, Mobile Development, Designers, Logistics, etc.
Economy in UK Growth Rate: 1.3% (2018) 1.4% (2019) 1.4% (2020e), 6th Largest Economy in the World by Nominal

Edinburgh Napier University Average Tuition Fee Per Year


£ 14,400


£ 13,900

Costs per year

Overall cost of living

£ 9,150

Campus accommodation

£ 5,700

Please note that fees will vary. Always check the exact cost of the program and bear in mind likely additional expenses.