Learning environment

The School of Applied Sciences is based at our Sighthill campus. Completed in 2011, we have specialist labs and cutting-edge teaching facilities to give you the skills and practical experience you need to succeed.

Our Sighthill campus serves over 5,000 students and staff of the Schools of Applied Sciences and Health & Social Care.

Opened in 2011, our newest campus has some of the best teaching and laboratory facilities in the country.

Life Sciences

We have labs for molecular biology and microbiology, biomedicine, environmental, animal and marine biology, and medicinal chemistry.

Our labs include a confocal microscope, molecular and protein biology equipment, a Class II containment facility for cell line and virus work, nanomaterial handling and characterisation equipment, and a histology section. There are also biofuel research labs and facilities for assessing bioremediation in waste water and environmental biology laboratories, which allow studies into fresh water species and terrestrial animals.

Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

We provide dedicated sports and exercise research labs, including a human performance lab, biomechanics lab, strength and conditioning room and an environmental chamber.

The chamber is the largest facility of its kind in Scotland, and can replicate high altitude conditions up to the equivalent of Everest Base Camp. Researchers can test athletic performance and equipment in extreme conditions, including high and low temperatures and humidity.

Watch this Sport Performance Enhancement video filmed in our labs.

Psychology and Social Sciences

We have purpose-built psychology labs which present excellent opportunities for supporting student practical work and research. In addition to a specialist computer lab equipped with experiment generating and analysis software, we have specialist labs for perception, eye-tracking, observation of social interaction, Bio-Pac and measuring Event-Related Potentials. Additionally we have numerous experimental testing/interview rooms supported by state of the art video cameras and editing facilities.

In addition to the laboratories, Sighthill is home to a five-floor Learning Resource Centre, which has a well-stocked library, IT facilities, areas for group discussion, individual and silent study and free Wi-Fi.

These diverse and impressive facilities help you gain skills and experiences relevant to employers all over the world.

Learning and teaching

At the School of Applied Sciences, we are pioneering projects that will make you more employable after graduation. We have excellent graduate employment rates and are committed to empowering women in science and society. You’ll also have opportunities to study abroad or get a placement in an industrial lab.


Sighthill is home to our [EN]GAGE sports facility. With a fitness suite, fitness classes, a sports hall and fitness consultations, we offer modern equipment and facilities to provide a fitness experience that’s invigorating, flexible and fun.


Life science research in Edinburgh is among the best in the world. Across the city, researchers are making a difference in areas such as biotechnology, animal welfare and bio-infomatics.

As well as Edinburgh Napier there are specialist science parks around the city home to cutting-edge life science companies’ collaborating with global organisations on new technology and improving lives.

With the strongest economy in the UK outside London and regular awards for being the best city in the UK, Edinburgh is a great place to live, work and study.