Dual careers

Study While Competing

Are you an established or developing world class athlete? Have you thought about developing your skills beyond the arena?

Our BA Business and Enterprise in Sport degree was created specifically for elite athletes or coaching staff working within the elite sport environment. 

It’s part-time, flexible, and all online, so you can keep up no matter where in the world you are training or competing. Hear what recent students have to say about the programme.

Your experience and skills will vary depending on your sport, so we encourage you to personalise your learning so you can graduate with a qualification that is valuable to your specific interests and future.

We include work-based learning modules, so you are applying your learning directly to your training and competition. How might this programme work for you?

Learn more about how our we support those dual career athletes wanting to study even as they compete at the highest level in a Scotsman article by Dr Susan Brown.

Sprint kayaker, Ben Gallacher talks about his experiences of studying whilst training.

TASS accredited support and development

We have the only TASS Accredited Dual Career programme in Scotland, in recognition of our Dual Career support for talented athletes in full-time education, Edinburgh Napier University is the only university in Scotland to be accredited by the UK government's Talented Athletes Scholarship Scheme (TASS.gov.uk). 

The reason is the flexibility we build into our approach, which allows qualifying athletes to balance their studies with a hectic sporting schedule.

Applications are welcome from students across the University, regardless of mode, level or programme of study. We have more than 30 students currently enrolled, from a broad range of sports - including kayaking, karate and curling - who study on degree programmes from Sport and Exercise Science to Sports Coaching, by way of Mechanical Engineering, MBAs and Software Engineering.

We take into consideration your training and competition schedule and ensure this does not impact on your application or your studies once enrolled with us. 

Read our  Dual Career Policy for Athletes and Coaches

The Centre for Developing Athletes, highlighted below, provides a supportive environment for all Dual Career students.


Placements – who might you study with 

We have very close relationships with:

Scottish Football – we are working with several professional clubs including Hibernian FC and Heart of Midlothian Women.

Cricket Scotland Academy players train on campus.

We are home to the Edinburgh-based Fosroc Rugby Academy in partnership with Scottish Rugby.

The academy is one of four in Scotland, and gives talented female and male rugby players access to personalised training and development from the ages of 14-19. 

Our commitment to developing athletes benefits both our students and Scottish Rugby’s most promising talent, as students on our sport and exercise science and sports coaching degrees  collaborate with the players on their academic projects.

The Mountain Bike Centre

Based in the Scottish Borders, The Mountain Bike Centre of Scotland is a joint initiative headed by Edinburgh Napier University and Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland, with project partner Scottish Enterprise. The project is funded by the Scottish Funding Council and Edinburgh Napier University.

From market research to product development; knowledge transfer, testing and product launches, we are here to help Scottish businesses in capitalising in one of the country’s fastest growing sports and to help bring Scottish mountain biking products and services to an international audience.

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Women in Sport

Our links to women’s professional football and our work with female international sports officials are reflections of our commitment to developing the female game. International Cricket umpire Sue Redfern shares her thoughts on what a great time it is to be involved in women’s sport.

International Rugby Union referee Hollie Davidson shares her learning experiences in the differences she experienced in officiating men and women.


Read about Mountain Biker, Katy Winton's experiences in working with staff at Edinburgh Napier to help her professional mountain biking performance.

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SFA - subject to validation

In addition to these courses the dual career programme allows students to study any of Napier University courses.






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