Edinburgh Napier University


Napier Technical College was founded in 1964, taking its name from John Napier, the inventor of logarithms and the decimal point, who was born in 1550 in the medieval tower house of Merchiston Castle (the site of the University’s Merchiston campus).

Edinburgh Napier opened its doors as Napier Technical College in 1964, amalgamating with Napier College of Science & Technology and Edinburgh College of Commerce in 1974, before being awarded university status in 1992.

In 2014 Edinburgh Napier University celebrated its 50th birthday.

In 1974, it merged with the Sighthill-based Edinburgh College of Commerce to form Napier College of Commerce and Technology, which became a Central Institution in 1985.

In June 1992 the institution officially became Napier University. In February 2009 it became Edinburgh Napier University

Edinburgh Napier has been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize twice.

Edinburgh Napier was previously awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2009 when the award was made for ‘Innovative housing construction for environmental benefit and quality of life’. This recognised the contribution made by the University’s Building Performance Centre towards improving sound insulation between attached dwellings.

The motto of the University, Nisi sapientia frustra (meaning “Everything is in vain without knowledge”), echoes the motto of the City of Edinburgh, Nisi Dominus frustra (meaning “Everything is in vain without the LORD”).


Edinburgh Napier University comprises six specialist schools:

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


Each course description in the prospectus gives a guide to the minimum entry requirements and the number of UCAS points required.

International students should contact the International Office for a list of accepted qualifications and English language requirements.

If the student over 21 the standard requirements may not apply – it is needed to contact an Admissions Tutor before applying.


Edinburgh Napier is a leading, professional university committed to excellence in teaching, learning, research and transferring their knowledge to business. Their graduates make a real contribution to employers and to the economic development and quality of life of their communities. Their 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.

They offer industry informed courses which combine the optimum balance of theory and practice, so that their graduates can ‘hit the ground running’ with their careers.

Their 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.

Over 100 Edinburgh Napier courses are accredited by a wide range of professional bodies.


95.2% of Edinburgh Napier University students are in work or further study within six months of graduating. (Data based on HESA 2014).


Their careers team provides information, advice and guidance to help the students achieve their career goals.

They offer a range of services including CV workshops, one-to-one sessions and employer events to help them to choose and apply for jobs, and meet potential employers.

Their employer mentoring programme offers Scottish-domiciled students the chance to be matched with a workplace-based mentor.

The students will have the opportunity to get advice on CVs and applications, recruitment processes, interview techniques and how to grow their network.

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