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 and the prestigious QS Stars international rankings. Below is a summary of our current rankings.

The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

We are officially The Times and The Sunday Times top modern university in Scotland, having climbed 38 places in the Good University Guide 2021.

We’re now ninth in Scotland and 63rd in the UK, building further on the success of this year's Guardian University Guide and the National Student Survey (NSS) 2020 results!

Edinburgh Napier Principal, Professor Andrea Nolan, said: “Our climb through the rankings is a wonderful lift for everyone at Edinburgh Napier in what are, and will continue to be, extremely challenging times for Higher Education.

“These tables are based on varying sets of metrics so to perform so impressively in successive assessments of the university landscape is a tribute to the hard work which goes into ensuring studying here is a rewarding experience.”

We're also the top modern university in the UK for...

A top 10 UK university for:

  • Drama, Dance and Cinematics (10th of 101)

A top 10 UK modern university for:

  • Accounting and Finance (5th of 52)
  • Building (8th of 26)
  • Civil Engineering (4th of 25)
  • Communication and Media Studies (6th of 54)
  • Drama, Dance and Cinematics (2nd of 57)
  • Librarianship & Information Management (4th of 17)
  • English (2nd of 49)
  • Psychology (8th of 57)
  • Sociology (3rd of 49)

2020 National Student SurveyEdinburgh Castle photographed from Edinburgh Napier's Merchiston campus

In the 2020 National Student Survey, 86% of students were satisfied with the quality of their course.

This ranks Edinburgh Napier first in Edinburgh for student satisfaction.

We received 100% student satisfaction in the following courses:

  • International Tourism and Airline Management
  • Business Studies
  • Acting and English
  • Popular Music
  • Graphic Design
  • Biological Sciences
  • Computing
  • Computing Science
  • Digital Media
We are also in the UK top 5 for the following areas:
  • IT resources supported my learning (4th out of 140)
  • Library resources supported my learning (5th out of 140)
  • Access to course specific resources (4th out of 140)

The Guardian Guide 2021

We are also the top modern university in the UK for...

A top 10 UK university for:

  • Film Production and Photography (1st of 67)
  • Hospitality, Event Management and Tourism (6th of 48)
  • Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations (10th of 57)
  • Media & Film Studies (5th of 91)
  • Music (7th of 79)

A top 10 UK modern university for:

  • Business, Management and Marketing (10th of 58)
  • English and Creative Writing (3rd of 46)
  • Film Production & Photography (1st of 43)
  • Hospitality, Event Management and Tourism (6th of 37)
  • Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations (5th of 39)
  • Media and Film Studies (1st of 51)
  • Music (1st of 34)
  • Sociology (7th of 48)

Complete University Guide 2021

A top 15 UK university for:

  • Building (14th of 36)
  • Drama, Dance & Cinematics (9th of 102)
  • Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism (13th of 54)

A top 10 UK modern university for:

  • Accounting and Finance (3rd of 52)
  • Building (8th of 26)
  • Business and Management Studies (5th of 58)
  • Civil Engineering (4th of 26)
  • Communication & Media Studies (7th of 55)
  • Drama, Dance and Cinematics (2nd of 56)
  • English (5th of 48)
  • Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism (8th of 42)
  • Marketing (6th of 47)
  • Music (3rd of 40)
  • Psychology (5th of 56)
  • Sociology (3rd of 52)

We are internationally recognised

In the 2019 QS Stars international university rankings, the quality of our teaching, internationalisation and employability were all recognised, with the University scoring five stars in each category. The University overall scored four stars.