We aspire to be an international school delivering degrees overseas whilst welcoming students to our courses delivered here in Edinburgh.

We believe that having an international perspective will help our students, staff and researchers to better understand global health and social challenges and improve the lives of people around the world.

  • Edinburgh Napier University is home to more than 9,000 international students from over 100 countries
  • The School of Applied Sciences has been delivering courses in Hong Kong for over 20 years
  • More EU students choose to study at Edinburgh Napier than at any other British university
  • Almost half of all our students are from outside the UK

International partnerships

The School of Applied Sciences delivers courses across the globe with renowned partner universities.

We’ve been delivering life sciences undergraduate and postgraduate provision in Hong Kong for more than 20 years in collaboration with Hong Kong University's School of Professional and Continuing Education, HKU SPACE including MSc Biomedical Science and BSc (Hons) Biological Science. More recently, we have been delivering a BA (Hons) Social Sciences with HKU SPACE.

In Singapore we work with PSB Academy to deliver BSc Sport & Exercise Science.

We also deliver undergraduate degrees in biological science in Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Spectrum Institute of Science and Technology (SIST) in Colombo, including BSc (Hons) Microbiology & Biotechnology and BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science. Students enrolled on the above programmes are all Edinburgh Napier students. The qualification is awarded by Edinburgh Napier University and is identical to that awarded to students studying in Edinburgh. Edinburgh Napier faculty travel to Hong Kong, Singapore, and Sri Lanka to undertake teaching, and are supported by Edinburgh Napier-approved local lecturers. The curriculum and assessments are also designed and marked by Edinburgh Napier.

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Distance learning

We offer many of our courses as distance learning programmes. This means you can study in your home country at pace that suits you for a degree awarded by Edinburgh Napier University.

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Exchange programmes

School of Applied Sciences students and staff are encouraged to study, work or volunteer overseas though our various exchange programmes.

Through the new Turing Scheme students and staff can work or study with our partners.

Further afield, our international exchange programmes offer School of Applied Sciences students the chance to study in Australia or the USA.

International students

Edinburgh Napier is home to over 9,000 students from outside the UK. You can study with the School of Applied Sciences for a trimester or your full course, giving you a global perspective.

International Research

We work in collaboration with international partners to tackle global challenges. Recent research has had an impact on saving Brazilian mangrove crabs and empowering Kenya's coastal communities.


University life doesn't end with graduation. We have over 85,000 active alumni with associations in Europe, America and Asia including Hong Kong, China, New York and France. Our alumni team arrange and support networking events around the globe to help you succeed.