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.

Complete University Guide 2020

A top 15 UK university for:

  • Building (15th of 36)
  • Drama, Dance & Cinematics (13th of 102)

A top 10 UK modern university for:

  • Accounting and Finance (9th of 52)
  • Civil Engineering (6th of 25)
  • Communication & Media Studies (2nd of 55)
  • Drama, Dance and Cinematics (2nd of 55)
  • English (3rd of 48)
  • Marketing (10th of 46)
  • Music (4th of 38)
  • Sociology (4th of 49)
  • Building (9th of 26)

The Guardian Guide 2019

A top 5 UK university for:

  • Film Production & Photography (5th of 67)

A top 10 UK modern university for:

  • Engineering: Civil (10th of 24)
  • English and Creative Writing (7th of 48)
  • Film Production & Photography (4th of 43)
  • Hospitality, Event Management & Tourism (10th of 38)
  • Law (6th of 49)
  • Media & Film Studies (8th of 53)
  • Modern Languages & Linguistics (6th of 15)

The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019

The top modern university in the UK for:

  • Music (1st of 39)

A top 20 UK modern university for:

  • Building (10th of 26)
  • Business Studies (17th of 59)
  • Civil Engineering (7th of 25)
  • Communication and Media Studies (11th of 55)
  • Criminology (7th of 37)
  • Drama, Dance and Cinematics (3rd of 58)
  • English (3rd of 49)
  • Sociology (13th of 49)

We're first for Drama in the National Student Survey 2018

We're first for student satisfaction in the UK for Drama. Find out more about our offering in this area below.

In the National Student Survey, 74% of students are satisfied with the quality of their course.

Some successes

  • Top UK quartile for subject areas Drama, Journalism, Law, Microbiology and Music.
  • Top UK quartile for IT resources and Library resources supporting learning.

A top 10 UK university for student satisfaction in:

  • Drama
  • Law
  • Microbiology
  • Publicity studies

At least 90% student satisfaction in the following courses:

  • Accounting (90%)
  • Business Management with Marketing (91%)
  • Tourism Management (92%)
  • LLB (96%)
  • Acting and English (100%)
  • Communication, Advertising and Public Relations (90%)
  • English (91%)
  • Graphic Design (100%)
  • Product Design (100%)
  • Music (92%)
  • Criminology (97%)
  • Animal Biology (97%)
  • Biomedical Science (100%)
  • Psychology (92%)
  • Sport and Exercise Science (Sports Coaching) (94%)
  • Midwifery (98%)
  • Civil Engineering (90%)
  • Computer Systems and Networks (92%)
  • Digital Media (90%)

Times Higher Education ranks Edinburgh Napier in top 5% of world universities

Edinburgh Napier appeared in the THE World University Rankings for the first time in 2017 and maintained our position in 2018 and 2019, putting us in the world's top 5%. We rank particularly strongly for "international outlook" (170th of 1,258 worldwide institutions).

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.