Supporting researchers

We take pride in the support we're able to offer our research students, through training, mentoring from senior staff and top-class research facilities.

Research support

As an Edinburgh Napier University research student you will have a dedicated team of supervisors with research expertise in your field. Your supervisors will meet with you on a regular basis to help guide your research project. To complement this supervision you will meet with your supervisory panel at least twice a year for a formal review of your progress, to make sure you're on track and give you further support.

Research environment

You will have plenty of opportunities to interact with other researchers, both research students and staff from your department and beyond, through our research seminars, events and conferences.

Independent research development and training

To help you develop as an independent researcher you’ll be able to build your expertise through our researcher development programme which includes training in: 

  • research methods
  • research ethics
  • academic writing and presentation
  • advanced study skills
  • career development

HR Excellence in ResearchThis support is recognised by our HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission that we have held since 2010 in recognition for our commitment to the career development of our researchers, and you will become part of that community as you study for your research degree.

We work hard to give our research students access to the training and support they need, so they're confident and happy in their studies. Because of this, the UK-wide 2017 Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) found that 84% of our research students were satisfied overall with their experience at Edinburgh Napier. In all seven areas of the survey Edinburgh Napier University was above the national average.

For further information about our full PRES results and an outline of some the actions we are undertaking in response to the student feedback have a look at our PRES response here.


Every full-time research student at Edinburgh Napier gets access to their own desk and computer, as well as specialist research equipment. And as an Edinburgh Napier research student, you'll have access to our extensive library services, including:

  • over 200,000 print and audio-visual learning and research materials
  • more than 32,000  full-text ejournals and magazines on and off campus
  • 84,000 eBooks, which you can read online

You'll also be provided with dedicated digital storage and expert support to manage all your research data. We also have excellent IT facilities, including access to more than 1,600 PCs, 200 Macs and a huge range of academic and professional software.

Our world-class research facilities include:

  • specialist labs for Cisco networking, computer games development, wireless systems, and Linux and Microsoft technologies
  • industry-standard music and broadcast suites
  • human performance and biomechanics laboratories
  • an environmental chamber to study human performance in extreme conditions
  • biomedical laboratories with a confocal microscope, histology suite and real-time polymerase chain reaction suite
  • biofuel research labs

Current research students

Our research students can find information and advice about their development, studies and life at Edinburgh Napier on the MyNapier student portal

Research repository

All of our research publications are available in open-access format online, letting you share your work with the world.