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Napier Technical College opened its doors to students at Merchiston under the leadership of Dr Joseph Dunning in 1964. Two years later the college was renamed Napier College of Science and Technology. Edinburgh Napier offered its first-degree course, BSc Science with Industrial Studies in 1971. In 1986 the College was renamed Napier Polytechnic and became the first institution in Scotland to gain full accreditation from the Council for National Academic Awards and to receive permission to validate and monitor its degree courses.
In June 1992, the institution officially became Napier University and in 2009 Napier University became Edinburgh Napier University.
Edinburgh Napier is a modern, professional and innovative University. With over 18,000 students, we are now one of Scotland’s biggest universities. We attract more than 5,000 international students from over 100 different countries. We are committed to ensuring our academic portfolio meets the needs of learners, employers and the economy. Our focus is on education and research directly relevant to enabling our graduates to secure and prosper in employment and that supports sustainable economic growth in Scotland and in other countries
The students can choose from a portfolio of over 300 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Courses are relevant and accessible to meet individual aspirations and can be studied in a number of flexible ways – full-time, part-time, distance learning and via the Internet. Napier has developed strong links with the Further Education sector in Scotland, International organisations and Professional bodies, Employers and Community groups.
Edinburgh Napier offers excellent support services for international students, and state-of-the-art facilities in one of Europe’s most vibrant cities.
Our University is based over three campuses in the city centre of Edinburgh Scotland, UK. Our Business School is located at our Craiglockhart Campus; the School of Engineering and Built Environment, School of Computing and School of Creative Industries are based at our Merchiston Campus and School of Life Sport and Social Sciences and School of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare are situated at our Sighthill campus.
Total number of students
Number of international students
Over 5000 from over 100 countries
Undergraduate, Postgraduate, PhD
You can find information about our programmes, including course content, entry requirements, fees and career prospects on our website – www.courses.napier.ac.uk.
Information on separate modules can be found here: http://www.modules.napier.ac.uk/
It is important to note that if you begin the course in January, the duration is slightly longer as there is a summer break after your first trimester when no teaching takes place:
September intake January intake
Trimester 1 – September to December Trimester 1 – January to April
Trimester 2 – January to April Trimester 2 – September to December
Trimester 3 – May to August Trimester 3 – January to April
English language requirements
The general English language test and scores we accept is IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no individual component score of less than 5.5. However, certain programmes might require a higher score.
We offer a number of pre-sessional English language programmes for students whose scores are not at the level required above.
We have several University-run student accommodation sites. This includes our new 778 en-suite Bainfield student accommodation site opposite Fountain Park. All Edinburgh Napier University accommodation is self-catered and situated in the centre of Edinburgh, on good transport routes to our campuses. They are well supplied by shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, cinemas and sports facilities.
You can find details on Accommodation at the University, and in Edinburgh here:
You can find information about funding and scholarships on our website – www.napier.ac.uk/fees/funding.