Proud of our top rankings
- #1 university for Student Satisfaction in Edinburgh for the fourth consecutive year - National Student Survey 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023
- The Business School scored 87% for overall satisfaction - National Student Survey 2023
- Top 5 UK Modern University for career and graduate prospects, Guardian Good University Guide 2024.
- 85% of TBS graduates are in work or further study 15 months after graduation - Graduate Outcomes Survey, HESA
- Top 10 UK Modern University for Accounting & Finance - Sunday Times' Good University Guide 2024
- Top 10 UK Modern University for Law - Sunday Times' Good University Guide 2024
- Top 10 UK Modern University for Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism - Sunday Times' Good University Guide 2024
The applied School for business
We align our teaching and research to the current and emerging needs of business, and our courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level are accredited by many leading industry and professional bodies. Read more about the School's strategy as the needs of the business world evolve more and more rapidly.
Around the world, Covid-19 impacted every sector of the economy in 2020 and our staff were active to support business leaders as they managed their response. Discover morehere - including webinars on key themes delivered by senior leaders among our alumni, our academic staff and visiting professors. Read more about our Industry Links.
The Bright Red Triangle is our start-up incubator that supports our students, staff and alumni in developing enterprise skills and capturing business opportunities. We provide members with business advisers and a co-working space, where entrepreneurial people can come together to connect and collaborate on exciting new projects and ventures.
Research at the Business School has an applied focus, is policy and practice led, and is of both national and international relevance. In REF2021, the research activity at Edinburgh Napier University assessed as 'internationally excellent' and 'world-leading' is at 68%, moving us to the top position among Scotland's Modern universities for both research power and research impact.
Our research is disseminated through high quality publications, strengthening both our teaching and professional development activities. Research is focused on three Research Centres - The Centre for Child and Family Law and Policy; The Centre for Military Research, Education and Public Engagement; and The Tourism Research Centre - and the following eight Research Groups.
Futures & Analytics Research (FAR) Hub
The FAR group aims to advance digital literacy and data science. These skills are rapidly becoming necessary and invaluable practices in all sectors, particularly in supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals and advancing DEI in STEM . By integrating data analytics into TBS curriculum, students and staff, alike, gain skill sets that give them strategic advantages across industries. The FAR Hub supports curriculum development, provides internship and research assistant roles, and leads multidisciplinary, collaborative projects.
Contact: Dr Megan M Crawfordor Dr Matthew Smith
Intercultural Communication (ICC)
The purpose of this research group is to establish a community within which ICC can be discussed across disciplines. Thus, although the group is Business School-based —and therefore focuses on research in intercultural business communication/s (IBC)— much of the theorising and conceptual adjacency in this field comes from ICC more broadly. Bringing together ICC-focused academics from within and beyond the Business School allows for cross-pollination and support for the development of sophisticated, interdisciplinary writing. The overarching aim is strengthening research in the IBC/ICC areas within the Business School.
Contact:Dr Phiona Stanley
Law, Business and Sustainability (LBW)
The multidisciplinary group aims at building up and strengthening the contribution of Law in the Business School by enabling colleagues to develop collaborative projects that support wider Business School initiatives and interests, for example around work and Business for Good.
Contact: Dr Lorna Gillies or Dr Emilie Ghio
Napier Applied Business Research for Society (NABRS)
The group will focus on applying business research to solve societal problems, with a particular focus on sustainability, healthcare, analytics, supply chain, logistics, strategy and other business management issues.
Contact: Professor Max Chipulu
Learn more about Napier Allied Business Research for Society (NARBS)
The Small Business and Enterprise Research Group (SBERG)
We provide innovative research, consultancy, and commercialisation practice addressing contemporary interdisciplinary issues both nationally and internationally facing small businesses development, survival, and growth, and enable ENU academics and the business community to collaborate especially within our themes including: Technology Enhanced Enterprise; Inclusive Entrepreneurship & Enterprise including women’s and migrant entrepreneurship; Nomadic Enterprise (including gig economy, international entrepreneurship, and exporting); Complexity of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems; Entrepreneurial Education; Responsible Entrepreneurship & Growth/Scale up.
If you are interested in collaborating with us, or looking for research-underpinned support for small business and start-ups, please contact:
Renata Osowska Research lead
Chris Cramphorn Knowledge Exchange, Support, and Commercialisation lead
Urban Innovation Policy (Unity) Lab
The mission of Unity is to provide urban development actors worldwide with the evidence base required to manage complex urban transformations and to ensure that digital and smart technologies become a tool for boosting sustainable urban development and public value creation.
Contact: Professor Luca Mora
Visual Methods & Ethnography (VM&E) in Interdisciplinary Research
The VM&E in Interdisciplinary Research Group will bring together a diverse group of researchers working across academic disciplines and using visual methods and ethnography.
Contact: Dr Louise Todd
Work and Equalities in Society (WEiS)
The group is intended to bring together academic colleagues, from across the University, who are interested in work, employment, and careers-related research.
Contact: Dr Kirsteen Grant or Professor Peter Robertson (SAS)
If you want to learn more about studying for a research degree, either PhD or DBA, and how to apply, the funding and support you can access, and relevant fee information, please visit our research degree page.