Rankings and league tables

Every year we are ranked in the Guardian University Guide, The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide and the Complete University Guide. We are also included in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. Below is a summary of our current rankings.

2021 National Student Survey

For the second year running, Edinburgh Napier is number one in the capital for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS)

We are also ranked number one in the UK for:

  • Children's Nursing (1st of 52)
  • Drama (1st of 82)
  • Personal Development (1st of 9)

We are also top five in the UK for:

  • Adult Nursing (5th of 74)
  • Biomedical Sciences (5th of 74)
  • Design Studies (4th of 83)
  • English Studies (2nd of 53)
  • Human Resource Management (5th of 43)
  • Information Technology (2nd of 20)
  • Music (3rd of 81)
  • Social Sciences (5th of 24)

In addition, we received 100% student satisfaction in the following courses:

  • Acting & English
  • English & Film
  • Music
We are also in the UK top 5 for the following areas:
  • IT resources supported my learning (5th out of 150)
  • Library resources supported my learning (5th out of 150)
  • Opportunities to provide feedback on course (5th out of 150)

The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

We are officially The Times and The Sunday Times top modern university in Scotland and have climbed six places in the Good University Guide 2022.#1 Modern University in Scotland with rosette graphic

We’re now ninth in Scotland and 57th in the UK, building further on the success of this year's National Student Survey (NSS) 2021 results!

We are the number one modern university for every subject we teach in our School of Arts and Creative Industries which means we are the top modern university for creative industries and the arts in the whole of the UK.

Edinburgh Napier Principal, Professor Andrea Nolan, said: “Our continued climb up the rankings is a fantastic achievement for our whole community and it is thanks to the passion, commitment and hard work of our staff.

“I am particularly proud that we have built on our position as the top modern university in Scotland, and become a top 10 modern university in the UK. We will continue to deliver high quality education that is making a difference and creating opportunities for all of our students, and through our research, drive positive societal, economic and environmental impact.”

A top 10 UK university for:

  • Art and Design (8th)
  • Drama, Dance and Cinematics (8th)
  • English (6th)

A top 10 UK modern university for:

  • Art and Design (1st)
  • Communication and Media Studies (1st)
  • Criminology (1st)
  • Drama, Dance and Cinematics (1st)
  • English (1st)
  • Music (1st)
  • Nursing (1st)
  • Animal Science (2nd)
  • Computer Science (3rd)
  • Law (3rd)
  • Sociology (4th)
  • Information Systems (6th)
  • Civil Engineering (8th)
  • Business, Management and Marketing (9th)
  • Accounting and Finance (10th)
  • Architecture (10th)
  • Hospitality, Leisure Recreation and Tourism (10th)

Complete University Guide 2022

A top 15 UK university for:

  • Building (12th of 37)
  • Communication and Media Studies (13th of 97)
  • English (12th of 100)
  • Tourism, Transport, Travel and Heritage Studies (8th of 57)

A top 10 UK modern university for:

  • Drama, Dance and Cinematics (1st of 55)
  • English (1st of 43)
  • Music (1st of 43)
  • Sociology (1st of 53)
  • Communication and Media Studies (2nd of 55)
  • Art and Design (4th of 53)
  • Accounting and Finance (5th of 51)
  • Biological Sciences (6th of 46)
  • Building (6th of 26)
  • Business and Management Studies (3rd of 57)
  • Computer Science (5th of 54)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering (5th of 29)
  • Law (7th of 51)
  • Psychology (9th of 56)
  • Tourism, Transport , Travel and Heritage Studies (6th of 45)

The Guardian Guide 2022

A top 10 UK university for:

  • Film Production and Photography (2nd of 68)
  • Media & Film Studies (5th of 86)
  • Music (7th of 78)

A top 10 UK modern university for:

  • Film Production & Photography (1st of 44)
  • Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations (1st of 37)
  • Law (2nd of 48)
  • Media and Film Studies (1st of 49)
  • Music (1st of 35)

The Times Higher World Rankings

Edinburgh Napier received its highest ranking so far in the 2022 edition of the Times Higher World University Rankings.