About the School of Engineering and the Built Environment

The progress of the modern world depends on the calibre of the engineers, technologists and built environment professionals that we produce.

Our Merchiston campusThe School of Engineering & the Built Environment studies a diverse range of engineering subjects, letting us furnish our graduates with sought-after skills and training for the best possible future career.

All of our courses are designed to meet the needs of employers and accrediting bodies, while being flexible to allow the widest range of career opportunities.

Top rankings

  • Our courses in Civil Engineering ranked first equal for student satisfaction in the UK (National Student Survey 2017).
  • Our courses in Quantity Surveying received a 91% Overall Satisfaction rating (National Student Survey 2019).
  • We are a top 10 UK Modern University for Building and Architecture (Complete University Guide 2018).
  • The majority of our courses are accredited by relevant professional bodies. Equate Scotland is based at Edinburgh Napier and sets out to create sustainable change for women in SET sectors throughout Scotland. 
  • The School achieved the Athena Swan Bronze award in 2017 in recognition of its work towards the advancement of gender equality.
  • The University was awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2015 for its internationally acclaimed work in timber engineering, sustainable construction and wood science. The illustrious higher education prize has only been awarded 15 times before in Scotland, but this is the second triumph for the University’s School of Engineering & the Built Environment following a previous success in 2009.
  • The School currently hosts the Institute for Sustainable Construction and the Transport Research Institute, two internationally leading research institutes.

Where we are

Based at our Merchiston campus, the School of Engineering and the Built Environment, the School of Arts & Creative Industries, the School of Computing, and our Students' Association call this place home, as did John Napier himself - he was born in 1550 in the tower that still stands in the courtyard.

Located in the lively Bruntsfield area, Merchiston Campus is home to our engineering and design workshops. The campus is also home to our award-winning 500-seater Jack Kilby Computing Centre - open 24/7 in our two main teaching trimesters.