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.

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)

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)

The Guardian Guide 2020

A top 10 UK university for:

  • Media & Film Studies (10th of 88)

A top 10 UK modern university for:

  • English and Creative Writing (4th of 48)
  • Film Production & Photography (5th of 42)
  • Law (6th of 49)
  • Sports Science (10th of 47)

The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020

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)

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.