The application process

You can apply online directly to Edinburgh Napier for all our postgraduate courses. To complete your application you will need documents including your degree certificate and references.

What you'll need

Along with your online application, you'll need to provide some formal documents and other supporting documentation.

To complete your application, you will require:

  • a transcript/degree certificate (if you’re a final year student please send your transcript to date)
  • an academic reference (or professional if you've been out of education for more than 3 years)
  • a personal statement
  • evidence of your English language proficiency (if you are not from a majority English language speaking country as defined by the UK Government)

If you're an international student, you'll also need:

  • a copy of your passport 
  • For international students who have previously undertaken a course in the UK, we require copy of all visas and corresponding CAS letters from previous institutions confirming the start and end dates of any course studied within the UK.
You can upload supporting documents as part of your application. You may be asked to provide original certificates.

If you are unable to upload documents at the time of submitting your online application, you can scan and email these to Alternatively you can post a hard copy to Postgraduate Admissions, Room 7.B.14 Edinburgh Napier University, 9 Sighthill Court, Edinburgh. EH11 4BN

Entry requirements

All our courses have minimum entry requirements that will determine whether you're eligible for that particular course.

You can find all of our entry requirements on the course entry page of your chosen course.

If you're from outside the UK, we provide general entry requirements using the qualifications from your country.

If English isn’t your first language, you will usually have to take an English language test, unless you studied your undergraduate degree in a country where English is the official language within two years of the course start date. Otherwise, we ask for evidence that you have the correct level of English language competency.

Your English language test must normally have been taken within two years of you starting studies with us.

Closing dates

Generally we do not have deadlines for our postgraduate programmes, however there are exceptions. 

Any applicable deadlines will be displayed on the course entry page.

You should however ensure you apply as soon as possible before a course becomes full. Applicants who require a visa to study here will need to take into account the time it takes for this process.

How to use the online application form

The online form is easy to use, but here are some pointers to keep in mind while you're completing it. 

  • You don't need to complete your application in one session - you can save and return to it later. You'll get an email with a link to continue your application.
  • When you've completed a page, click on the proceed button at the base of the form.
  • If you need to return to a previous page, click on the save button first.
  • If you need to exit at any point, save your progress by clicking on the save button
  • The service will time out if there has been no activity on the page for four hours. If this happens, you’ll be asked to re-enter your log in details to continue with your application.
  • Refer to the help text at each section of the application if you need guidance about a particular section of the process.

After you apply

Depending on the course you're applying for, we may require some additional information from you after you've submitted your online application form.

Upon successful submission of the completed online application form, you’ll be sent an acknowledgement confirming we have received your application. If you do not receive this, please log back in to your application and ensure you have selected the ‘Submit’ button.

We typically take 10 working days to consider applications, if you've submitted all required documentation with your application form.  

Some courses will require additional work to be completed, a portfolio to be submitted or for you to attend an interview. For these courses, you’re likely to receive a decision within six-eight weeks.

Receiving an offer

Once a decision has been taken on your application, you'll receive an official offer from us.

You’ll receive one of the following offers:

    • Unconditional - you've been made an offer to study your course of choice and have no further documents to provide 

    • Conditional -  you've been made an offer to study your course of choice but you still have to provide documentation to show you met the entry requirements before you can receive an unconditional offer

    • Unsuccessful - you've unfortunately not been successful on this occasion

When you receive your offer, you’ll need to confirm whether you will accept or decline the offer by notifying Some courses may have a date in which you must accept your offer by - if this is the case the date will be stated in the offer letter.

Code of practice

If you'd like more information about how our admissions process works, you can read our code of practice.

Our code of practice documents will help you to understand how we run admissions, how decisions are made, and what to do if you need to make an appeal or complaint. 

Contact us

Please get in touch if you need any help with choosing a course or preparing your application, or if you want to discuss the qualifications required. 

If you have any questions regarding the application process or an offer which has been made please contact the admissions team at call 0333 900 6040.