Application advice and support

Whether you've been out of education for a long time, have additional support needs or are worried about any aspect of applying and studying at Edinburgh Napier, our admissions team are here to help you at every stage of your application.

Adult returners to education (mature students)

We welcome applications from adults who are returning to education after employment or other experiences.

We recognise that the standard selection process may not give you the opportunity to demonstrate your full potential. Therefore, depending on your course choice and your individual circumstances, we may ask you to provide additional information to ensure we can make an informed decision on your application.  Further details for non-contemporary or mature students can be found in Section 4 of our Admissions Policy.


Applicants with a declared disability

We are committed to providing equality of opportunity through the best possible level of support to students.

If you have a disability or medical condition, or you require additional support, we encourage you to disclose it in your application. This will enable us to get in contact with you to identify what adjustments can be made and what support you'll require once you arrive.

Read our policy for applicants with declared disabilities.

Contact our disability and inclusion team on or call 0131 455 2929 for more information.


Criminal convictions

If you have a relevant criminal conviction that is not spent, you have to declare this on your application.

If you declare a relevant criminal conviction, it doesn't mean that you’ll automatically be excluded from the application process. We’ll carry out a risk assessment to find out whether you'll be able to study on your chosen course.

Read our policy for applicants with declared criminal convictions.


Mitigating circumstances

A mitigating circumstance is something out of your control that affects your grades or your application to university. It may be personal or family-related, or result from issues arising at school or college.

Any information on mitigating circumstances that may have affected, or are likely to affect, your academic performance should be included in your referee's report.

If you encounter mitigating circumstances after you have submitted your application, please inform us on as soon as possible.



We welcome applications from previous candidates. When you re-apply, use your personal statement to tell us what has changed since your previous application.

We may use information from your previous applications when we assess your suitability for your chosen course.


Admissions policy

The University is committed to ensuring we are accessible to the widest body of students who can benefit from higher education. We seek to admit students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study, and from 2016 onwards we will use contextual information alongside information on academic achievements to make admissions decisions.

You can find further information about all our admissions policies, including contextual admissions, at the links below. If you have any queries relating to these policies please email

As part of the admissions process, we aim to take into consideration the context in which an applicant has achieved their grades. For Scottish-domiciled applicants this may include consideration of whether an applicant:

  • has spent time in care;
  • is a Young carer - Young adult carers are young people aged 16–25 who care, unpaid, for a family member or friend with an illness or disability, mental health condition or an addiction;
  • has taken part in the Lothian Equal Access Programme for Schools (LEAPS) and been identified as LEAPS-eligible;
  • has completed a Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP);
  • has attended a school which has low numbers of students progressing to higher education;
  • has Government recognised refugee or asylum status;
  • is living in an area of high deprivation, as defined by the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation.

Further information about all our Admissions Policies, including Contextual Admissions can be found in the documents at the bottom of this page.  If you have any queries relating to these policies please email


Data Protection policy

Edinburgh Napier University is committed to protecting the rights and freedoms of individuals with respect to the processing of their personal data. This is done in accordance with:

  • The EU-General Data Protection Legislation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018 (the Act), which together are referred to as the "Data Protection Legislation" below
  • associated legislation
  • case law and the spirit of the Data Protection Legislation
  • the University's notification with the UK Information Commissioner, which sets out the purposes for which the University holds and processes personal data about employees, students, graduates and others

More information is available on our Intranet pages.


Admissions policies