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Edinburgh Napier University

Edinburgh Napier University is a modern university located in the city of Edinburgh. The university takes its name from 16th century Scottish Mathematician and philosopher John Napier. The University was originally part of Napier Technical College, but in 1992 the college was granted university status and became Napier University. It was not until 2009 that the University was renamed as Edinburgh Napier University. Across its three main campuses, it has over 19,500 students.

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The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the Edinburgh Napier University.

  • Rankings

    Edinburgh Napier University is ranked by the Guardian 2024 League table as 92nd in the UK. Edinburgh Napier University is ranked 56th by The Times Higher Education 2024.

  • Employability

    95% of graduates from Edinburgh Napier University are either in work or further study 6 months after graduating.

  • Fees

    For those students studying in Scotland, the fees will be £1,820. For those from England and Wales the fees will be £9,250. For International students the fees will be between £13,360 - £15,522. However Tuition fees in 2024/2025 vary depending on where you come from, your programme of study and whether this is full-time, part-time, or online study. Find out more here.

  • Bursaries

    Edinburgh Napier University offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships. Find out more here.


Edinburgh Napier accommodation houses more than 1,240 students across its residences. The university has three main accommodation sites: Bainfield; Orwell Terrace and Slateford Road. Prices at university managed accommodation will vary: Find out more about Bainfield here. Find out more about Orwell Terrace here Find out more about Slateford Road here

Students' Union

Edinburgh Napier Students’ Union is the heart of the Napier student community. The Students’ Union provides a variety of services for students including advice and support, sports, societies, volunteering opportunities and representation. The Union is located on the Merchinson Campus on Colinton road.

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Famous for

Edinburgh Napier University has many notable alumni such as Gordon Smart, journalist and editor at the Sun, Jim White, Sky Sports News presenter and Lynsey Sharp, GB Olympian.


Students from Edinburgh Napier University took home prizes at the prestigious Creative Conscience Awards, that recognise the work of creative projects that promote human centred design. Students Jack Brodie, Euan Reith, Daniel Lockhart, Lois McShane, Tymon Grobelski, Shahabedin Zeini Aslani, Hamid Mozaffar, Reyhaneh Mozaffar and Youmna Hazzaa, all took home prizes.

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"A firm favourite with students and tourists alike, there’s always plenty going on in Edinburgh. Impressive architecture, stunning natural beauty and a rich history all combine to make Edinburgh a really exciting place to be".

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