The Business School
The Business School for empowerment, enterprise and employability for all
Accredited by AACSB

The accolade recognises The Business School for excelling in teaching, research, curriculum development, and student learning. It is held by fewer than six per cent of global institutions that offer business degrees.

We offer a truly international community of practice

With us, you can enjoy the opportunity to achieve your full potential, whether studying with us on campus in Edinburgh, or from your home, wherever that may be in the world. 

Everyone who studies or works with us benefits from the help of our expert academic staff and our active engagement with many industry partners, whether as an undergraduate or post-graduate student, or in some form of continuous professional development.

If you are moving from overseas to join us as an international student then please see the  helpful information we have curated to assist you in settling in to life in Edinburgh and studying with us at The Business School.

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.

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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. 

Our research

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.
 

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.

Our response to global challenges: action through the Principles for Responsible Management in Education (PRME)

The business leaders of tomorrow will need to address significant challenges, regardless of size, sector, or academic discipline. For that reason, everyone in The Business School works in an inter-disciplinary manner to develop creative, sustainable solutions to the economic challenges and needs that society is facing worldwide. In doing so, The Business School is committed to the seven principles of the United Nation's Principles for Responsible Management in Education and align our academic curriculum with the values and future needs of responsible business management practice.

Through our teaching and our research, the Business School aims to develop and deliver the support required to evolve a suitable culture towards sustainability in business management and we strive to build capacity and support responsible leadership as the global economic model transitions towards a more circular economy. The challenges to come - economic, social and environmental, and those relating to strong governance - will be considerable; but not insurmountable. Our applied focus means we are working with business partners of all sizes to evolve operational management practice; and our graduate signature - for confident and talented individuals who can contribute positively to their employer from day one - demonstrates that we help employees at all levels to act responsibly.

Our Staff

Many of our academic staff engage in consultancy and contract research activities and are committed to developing and applying their expertise across a range of applied themes. They maintain close links with industry, through professional body memberships, Knowledge Transfer Programmes, and both Placement and Live Project module supervision. This extensive range of professional experience is drawn upon in teaching.

An increasing percentage of our staff are also involved in research projects and research supervision, with research and scholarship underpinning our programme development activity

Meet our Staff.

The Business School is proud of our links within business and industry and over recent years we are proud to celebrate our honorary doctorates.