Associate Student Programme

Being an Associate Student is an alternative way to complete a four-year degree where your first two years are spent at college getting an HND. The remaining two years are at university where you work towards gaining a bachelor’s degree.

Matt talks about being an Associate Student

Edinburgh Napier University works with a number of college partner institutions such as:

New College Lanarkshire West Lothian College Edinburgh College

Please contact us to find out if your college is part of the programme.

I had been out of education for a while so I started at college with the intention of using it to help me get to university. It was a great experience and helped prepare me for life at Napier.

Chris Wheeler

Why be an Associate Student?

Whether you are coming straight from school or looking for a career change, college provides a familiar and structured environment that may seem less daunting to a lot of students. Becoming an Associate Student enhances your college experience by providing you with access to university resources and academic support, allowing you to enrol in both college and university at the same time.

The programme can also be beneficial if you are undertaking an HND and not sure whether you want to continue with your studies at university. It is a good way to involve yourself in university life. You can familiarise yourself with the Edinburgh Napier University campuses and the excellent services we provide.

What can I expect as an Associate Student?

  • Study support helps you develop your academic skills.
  • Guest lectures which cover current topics within your chosen area of study.
  • University visits: tour of the campus and see all the facilities available to you.
  • Academic workshops help build key skills to assist you academically and can help make you more employable.
  • Social events where you can meet other Associate Students as well as Napier University staff.

Find out more

Email us with your name and address and we'll send you an Associate Student welcome pack:

FacebookJoin our Facebook group – SoCAssociateStudents. Add yourself to the group today to ensure you don’t miss out on information about the programme and upcoming events. It is also a great way to ask us any questions you might have about being an Associate Student.