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 pgadmissions@napier.ac.uk. 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.

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 your application has been reviewed, you'll receive one of the following decisions:

  • 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 pgadmissions@napier.ac.uk. 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.

How to meet the conditions of your offer

You will find information about the most typical conditions that are made to applicants and how to meet these conditions below. If you have any questions regarding your conditions, you should contact the PG Admissions team as soon as possible.

You should aim to meet the conditions of your offer as soon as possible and in advance of the course start date. For applicants who require Tier 4 visas, the application process can be lengthy and we require that you meet the conditions of your offer so that we can provide you with your final unconditional offer which will allow you to begin your visa application process around six weeks prior to the start date of your course. Unfortunately because Tier 4 visa applications can take a long time to be processed, the University has no flexibility in extending this deadline after it is passed. For non-Tier 4 visa applicants, there is usually a deadline to meet the conditions of your offer around two weeks prior to the start date of the course. We can provide some flexibility to this deadline if you cannot meet your conditions until closer to the start date, however, we would ask that you email us directly at pgadmissions@napier.ac.uk to inform us of whether this may be the case for you.

Qualifications

  • Certificates and Transcripts 

Copies of original certificates and transcripts showing the title of your qualification and the final overall grade should be scanned and emailed to pgadmissions@napier.ac.uk. We do not require a hard copy of your certificate or transcript. Please note that we do not accept transcripts with results that have been downloaded from your University's website. If you do not yet have your degree certificate and are submitting your transcript or a confirmation letter as proof of your qualification, it must state that the degree has been awarded and it must state the overall final grade or classification. If your degree certificate is under a previous name, please ensure you also submit proof of name change (e.g. a copy of your marriage certificate). Please note that if your offer is conditional on you completing your current degree at Edinburgh Napier University, you should contact us at pgadmissions@napier.ac.uk when your results have been published so that we can ensure your conditions have been met.

  • Translations 
If your qualification documents are not originally in the English language, we will require that you also provide us with a certified translation of the document. We cannot accept a translation that has been completed by you. 

References

You may have been made a conditional offer based on receipt of a satisfactory reference. We accept Academic and Employment references. If we do not specify in the conditions of the offer whether we require an academic or employer's reference, it means that we will accept either. Please note that we cannot accept character references which are submitted from friends or family members.
  • Academic Reference - This should be a reference from a supervisor or lecturer at your institution that you are known to personally. It should detail information about your academic background, suitability for the course applied for and a brief note on attendance in class. An academic reference is not confirmation from your Registry department that you are an enrolled or previous student.

  • Employment Reference - If we request an employer's reference this should be submitted from your current employer detailing your current role, job responsibilities, employment dates and a short character reference. If you are asked for a number of different references from multiple employers, please ensure that if we request that the dates of employment are listed, that this has been communicated to your employer so that it will meet the condition of the offer.

  • Self-Employed Applicants - If you are self-employed and are requested to provide an employer's reference, we would ask that you submit a reference from a client or colleague who knows you well enough professionally to comment on your suitability for a Master's programme.

English Language

If we have asked you to complete an English language test, we can typically accept the tests which are listed below provided they have been taken within 2 years of the course start date. Please note that some courses require higher scores, however the scores required will be stated in the condition of your offer: 

  • IELTS Academic Test. We do not accept the IELTS General Training test.

  • TOEFL iBT Test

  • Pearson PTE Academic

  • Trinity College London

  • Cambridge English Examinations - We will consider the Cambridge First (FCE), Cambridge Business Preliminary or Preliminary (PET), Cambridge English Proficiency, Cambridge English Advanced, Cambridge English Business Vantage or Cambridge English Business Higher

Results of English language tests should be sent to pgadmissions@napier.ac.uk. If you do not gain the score that has been requested in your offer, please still send in your test certificate as we do have a number of English language programmes that we can offer applicants who have fallen just below the required score. Please note that our English language courses are not available in place of sitting one of the approved English language tests, they are only available for those applicants who have completed a test and not gained the required score. If you require a Tier 4 visa for study, you must take an IELTS for UKVI (Academic) test at a UKVI approved English language test centre to be considered eligble for a pre-sessional English language programme. For a list of UKVI approved test centres please click here.

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and English language requirement

UKVI requires that all overseas students accepted for degree study at UK Universities and applying for a Tier 4 student visa must be able to demonstrate their English Language is equivalent to Level B2 in the Common European Framework (CEFR). If we have asked you to complete an English language test and your country is not listed on the UKVI majority English speaking country list, then it is not possible for us to grant you entry to a programme at the University until you have completed one of the UKVI's approved Secure English language Tests (SELT). A list of the accepted SELTs can be found here.

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 pgadmissions@napier.ac.uk or call 0333 900 6040.