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At the School of Applied Sciences, we go beyond learning. Putting theory into practice is our guiding ethos, using science to help you make a difference.

With cutting-edge facilities and a focus on practical skills, the School of Applied Sciences' staff, students and researchers tackle global and local issues affecting health, society and the environment.

We offer a range of disciplines that integrate academic study, clinical and industrially relevant training, creative research, community outreach and industry collaboration which leads to the development of professionals and applied research that has a positive impact on society by improving the health and well-being of the global community we serve. 

Our vision for 2020 is that each subject area will be recognised by their respective scientific, professional and community organisations as a hub for professional development, research collaboration and community impact.

The School continues to enhance its academic reputation, rated as one of the top 10 UK modern university providers in the areas of Biology, Psychology and Social Science (Guardian University Guide 2017). We are also home of the industry-recognised ‘Skills Passport’ and ‘Getting Inside’ work experience programme.

Gary Hutchison, Dean of School of Applied Sciences

Who we are

The School of Applied Sciences provides a vibrant teaching and research environment for over 1,800 students and 120 staff encompassing Psychology, Biology, Sports and Social Science. We deliver a world class learning experience and undertake pioneering research with a focus on practical and applied results.

Our Psychology degrees are professionally accredited by the British Psychological Society and our veterinary nursing graduates are eligible to register with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as a vet nurse.

Our students and staff

Our staff pride themselves on their commitment to supporting students, and providing them with knowledge and skills that ultimately achieve success beyond their time spent at the School. Our established research profile and industry links ensure that our teaching meets the need of employers and our research responds to the rapidly changing environment and technological advances. 

Our students have the opportunity to experience a wide range of practical based work, including industry placements. We are pioneering projects that will make you more employable after graduation. We have excellent graduate employment rates and are committed to empowering women in science and society. You’ll also have opportunities to study abroad or get a placement in an industrial lab.

Staff in Applied Sciences are nationally - and internationally - recognised for their research. With an established research profile, our research attracts funding from European Commission and international funding bodies (Greenpeace), UK research bodies such as NERC, MRC, Chief Scientists Office, and charities such as Medical Research Scotland, and Carnegie.

This is complemented by a large portfolio of research and consultancy work with local, national and international industries and bodies including GlaxoSmithKline, Skills Development Scotland, Ministry of Defence and MacMillan. 

The focus of our research is to improve current understanding and practice, in areas such as new and improved therapeutics, environment conservation, and decision making.

Our innovative research

Through our research at the School of Applied Sciences we aim to make a major positive impact on health, the environment and society, both nationally and internationally.

Much of our research is aligned with the Scottish Government’s ambition for improving health, reducing inequalities and making Scotland a better, healthier place for everyone.

We have a multi-disciplinary approach and researchers are encouraged to collaborate across schools and institutions.

Our facilities

Our modern Sighthill campus has some of the best teaching and laboratory facilities in the country. The diverse and impressive facilities help you gain skills and experiences relevant to employers all over the world.

Life Sciences

We have labs for molecular biology and microbiology, biomedicine, environmental, animal and marine biology, and medicinal chemistry.
Our labs include a confocal microscope, molecular and protein biology equipment, a Class II containment facility for cell line and virus work, nanomaterial handling and characterisation equipment, and a histology section. There are also biofuel research labs and facilities for assessing bioremediation in waste water and environmental biology laboratories, which allow studies into freshwater species and terrestrial animals. 

Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

We provide dedicated sports and exercise research labs, including a human performance lab, biomechanics lab, strength and conditioning room and an environmental chamber. 

The chamber is the largest facility of its kind in Scotland, and can replicate high-altitude conditions up to the equivalent of Everest Base Camp. Researchers can test athletic performance and equipment in extreme conditions, including high and low temperatures and humidity. 

Psychology and Social Sciences

We have purpose-built psychology labs which present excellent opportunities for supporting student practical work and research. In addition to a specialist computer lab equipped with experiment generating and analysis software, we have specialist labs for perception, eye-tracking, observation of social interaction, Bio-Pac and measuring Event-Related Potentials. Additionally we have numerous experimental testing/interview rooms supported by state-of-the-art video cameras and editing facilities.

Our industry links

We review and develop courses in partnership with industry. Each of our courses are informed by an employer liaison panel, made up of national and international employers. For example, our MSc Biotechnology for Environmental Sustainability is supported by well-established expertise at Edinburgh Napier in the field of environmental biotechnology, including contributions by the Biofuel Research Centre and the associated enterprises Celtic Renewables and Recyclatech. 

Our new interdisciplinary MSc in Applied Criminology and Forensic Psychology was designed with input from employers, and features sought-after work placements with Police Scotland, HMIC, and other organisations linked to criminal justice. Staff who deliver the programme are research active and experts in their field. 

Edinburgh’s position as a hub for life sciences research offers the opportunity to collaborate with cutting-edge business and pioneers in the field.

Our courses

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Criminology, psychology and law  

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Sport, exercise and health sciences

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Postgraduate courses

I chose Edinburgh Napier because the curriculum gave me a much broader opportunity to go into a wider field and to expand my horizons

Travers Kemah Rudy

MSc student, Biomedical Science

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Sighthill Campus

9 Sighthill Court
EH11 4BN

0131 455 3555

Each of our campuses is equipped with the same equipment students will encounter in the "real world" workplace, further preparing them for their future careers.

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